World Mental Health Day – Samaritans Service for the Irish in Poland
News10 October 2019
Samaritans provides a 24-hour freephone helpline service for people in Ireland who are in distress, struggling to cope and who are in need of emotional support, including those who are feeling suicidal.
That support is now being offered to the Irish diaspora living in Poland following a new partnership between Samaritans and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Emigrant Support Programme. Freephone number to call from Poland is: 800 012 274.
No matter what someone’s reason for calling is, Samaritans offers a space to explore how they are feeling, in their own time and their own way.
While Samaritans vision is that fewer people die by suicide, you don’t need to be suicidal to call Samaritans.
More than half a million people contacted a Samaritans volunteer in Ireland last year (2018) for a variety of reasons including anxiety and stress, isolation and loneliness, family issues and relationship problems, physical health/illness, bereavement, violence/abuse, drug and/or alcohol misuse, and finance/unemployment. Suicidal thoughts were expressed in 16.6% of contacts.
Samaritans has 1,800 dedicated volunteers based in 13 branches across the Republic of Ireland supporting people through some of the darkest moments in their life.
Anyone suffering from emotional distress, or who needs a listening ear, can call Samaritans in Ireland anonymously 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Callers may join a short queue when all volunteers are on calls.