Well known men from the worlds of sports, media and entertainment this week joined Samaritans Ireland to launch a new 24/7 Talk to Us Campaign.
Each year on the 24th of July, the Samaritans holds a 24/7 campaign to highlight the fact that the organisation’s volunteers are available to talk 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year. This year the campaign is emphasising the importance of people talking about their problems and, in particular, is encouraging men to contact Samaritans if they feel in need of emotional support.
Well known personalities who have given their support, include RTE’s ‘Six One’ news anchor Bryan Dobson; 2FM presenter Paddy McKenna; Eamon Fennell, Dublin footballer and DJ with Phantom 105.2; Newstalk’s ‘Off the Ball’ presenter Ger Gilroy, Gavin Friday and John Evoy.
Also as part of the Samaritans 24/7 Talk to Us’ campaign, Samaritans’ volunteers throughout the country took to the streets to roll out a programme of public engagement and awareness-raising activities.
Speaking about the campaign, Samaritans volunteer Majella Canty said: “Part of our message with this campaign is to let people know that Samaritans is here for anyone who wants to talk. In particular, we’re sending a message to men that they should not hide their feelings or be reluctant to talk about problems. Men are often criticised for not seeking help; however, by ignoring problems, or not talking about them, the burden can increase and lead to much greater mental health problems, including a risk of suicide.”
“Many of the people who contact us are not suicidal, but they may be struggling to cope with their problems. Our volunteers are ordinary people who provide a safe space to talk. Calls are confidential and those who contact us can be themselves; Samaritans do not judge.”
Samaritans’ helpline number is 1850 60 90 90. Further information about the organisation’s work is available at www.samaritans.ie