‘Talk to Us’ was the message behind the Newbridge branch of the Samaritan’s promotional day which was held in the Whitewater Shopping Centre on Wednesday, July 24.
Each year on July 24, the Samaritans highlights the 24 hours, seven days a week nature of their work as a leading national helpline for emotional support.
Kildare Rose Hannah Ryan from Newbridge was on hand to pass out leaflets and speak to young people about the charity.
“Young people might not find it easy to talk but the Samaritans are always there,” she said.
“They are there, call in, text in, email or volunteer. They are always looking for volunteers especialy young people to answer calls.”
Director for Newbridge and Kildare Carmel Hedderman said the Newbridge branch last year took almost 35,000 calls, emails and texts.
“We are here to help anyone feeling distress or struggling to cope,” she said.
“24 hours a day, 365 days a year across Ireland. People contact us about a wide range of subjects including depression, relationships and loneliness, physical and mental health issues, alcohol, drugs, exam pressure as well as suicidal thoughts and feelings.
“We dont share what people tell us with anyone else, we dont need to know their names, and we dont judge them. We simply listen.
We believe that by providing a space for people to explore their feelings without fear or prejudice, we can help alleviate their despair.
“We were very kindly joined by the Rose Hannah Ryan. Martin Hayden our local TD and Mark Wall dropped in to support our cause.”
You can contact the Samaritans on 1850 60 90 90 or drop into the Newbridge branch at 3 McElwain Terrace, Newbridge.
- Paula Campbell