19 December 2012
1 in 6 calls to Samaritans linked to recession
‘There has been a real hardening of despair amongst many of those who contact us; people are struggling to cope in the face of uncertainty around employment, personal debt and other financial concerns’
THE SAMARITANS say that 1 in 6 calls they received in 2012 was recession-related, a dramatic increase on 2011 when 1 in 10 calls was linked to the recession.
“Money is an issue that seems to be causing more and more difficulty, and the nature of calls we receive reflects that,” Samaritans’ National Chairperson Pio Fenton said.
“This year we have seen the strongest evidence yet that the recession is affecting the emotional health landscape of the country.
“There has been a real hardening of despair amongst many of those who contact us; people are struggling to cope in the face of uncertainty around employment, personal debt and other financial concerns.”
In the Samaritans’ 2012 Impact Report (published on Wednesday), the Samaritans add that other common issues that arose this year were family and relationship problems; depression and mental health issues; loneliness; stress and anxiety; and abuse.”
412,167 calls were received by Samaritans Ireland over the past 12 months, an increase of 3% on the same period last year.
6,912 people received face-to-face support from Samaritans over the past year, representing an increase of 17% on the previous 12 months.
Samaritans Ireland is the longest-serving national organisation working in the area of emotional support and suicide prevention. It is a volunteer-led organisation, which provides confidential, non-judgmental emotional support, 24 hours a day, for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.
Services are available by telephone, email, letter, SMS texts and through face-to-face support in its Samaritans’ branches throughout Ireland.
The organisation also works in community, prison, hospital and school settings.
Further information about the work of Samaritans is available here.
2014 – A YEAR OF CHANGE
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We are the only all-Ireland political party and with each passing day our membership is increasing, our organisational capacity is improving, and we are presenting realistic alternative policies to meet the needs of 21st century Ireland.
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