Siobhan McDermott, Newbridge and Kildare Samaritans director
This July, Newbridge & Kildare Samaritans is telling people to SHUSH! and listen.
As part of its month–long annual awareness-raising campaign, Talk to Us, Samaritans is on a mission to improve the Ireland’s listening skills.
Siobhan McDermott, Newbridge & Kildare Samaritans director says: “We listen. That’s what we’re here to do when people contact us, and sometimes it can be really challenging. But you don’t have to be a Samaritan to be a good listener. We’re a culture of people who love to give advice, love to give opinions and quite frankly love the sound of our own voices.
"But this year we’re asking people all over the country to SHUSH! and listen better to each other. Sixty years of Samaritans’ expertise has taught us that just listening is the greatest gift you can give to somebody, and that it can save lives.”
The branch will be in Whitewater Shopping Centre on July 24 from 2 to 4 pm to highlight its service.
The Samaritans helpline can be reached at 1850 609090.