Independent TD Mattie McGrath has spoken about the urgent need there is for the Samaritans organisationâ€™s new free to call number to made more widely known.
Deputy McGrath was speaking after he attended a briefing given by the Samaritans to members of the Oireachtas in an attempt to spread awareness of the new phone number and its on-going commitment to offer non-judgemental listening and advice services to people experiencing emotional distress:
â€œThis new number, 116 123, will hopefully facilitate a greater ease of access for any person out there who may feel they need a confidential and non-judgemental service to help them through whatever difficulties they are experiencing. We all know that this time of year while it is festive and great fun can also be extremely pressurising for many individuals. The Samaritans have worked to secure a commitment from all of the main telecoms to provide this number on a free basis and this is very much to be welcomed.
â€œThe Limerick and Tipperary branch of the Samaritans provide an excellent all year round service and I would actively encourage anyone who feels that they could contribute as a volunteer to do so so that the service is maintained into the future. I find it very impressive that in the 38 year history of the Tipperary Branch there has been an uninterrupted telephone and call in service which is a testament of the great spirit that exists among the volunteers past and present. I would also hope that this number, 116 123 will be widely spread among the media as there are many thousands of vulnerable and distressed people who need to know this service exists,â€ concluded Deputy McGrath.