We are all aware of the increasing numbers of people suffering with depression and suicidal thoughts. Last year the number of suicides in Ireland rose by 7%, according to the Central Statistics Office. The All-Ireland Traveller Health Study showed that deaths by suicide within the Traveller community are much higher than the national average. Giving emotional support to those in despair is one of the best ways we can help prevent the pain of suicide being inflicted on more people – and this is a skill which can be learnt by anyone.
The Kerry branch of Samaritans is holding an information evening for anyone interesting in becoming a volunteer and helping to provide emotional support to people in distress. It will take place on the in the Abbey Gate Hotel, Tralee, on the 3rd October at 8:00pm. Everyone over the age of 18 is welcome to attend, especially any Travellers who feel they would like to know more about the service, how it works and what is involved in volunteering. The more people know about the work of the Samaritans and the more we help support each other through difficult times the better we can tackle the rise of depression and suicide in Ireland.
If you are experiencing distress, despair or suicidal thoughts you can contact a Samaritan at any time by calling 1850 60 90 90 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org