Samaritans Ireland has launched a new five-year national program aimed at reducing the lives lost to suicide across the island of Ireland.
Iall Mulligan, Executive Director of Samaritans Ireland, pays homage to the 2,000 Samaritans volunteers in 21 branches and responds to up to 500,000 requests for help each year from those struggling to deal with them.
He states: “Our listening service has been at the heart of Samaritan’s work for over 60 years and has always provided a reliable space for those who need us. Thanks to the remarkable efforts of our volunteers and staff, the helpline service is now available. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
“We find that poverty, isolation, loneliness, discrimination and sometimes denial of people’s basic human rights worsen the consequences of Ireland’s mental health, especially affecting vulnerable and marginalized communities and people. I know that.
“For the life of this plan, Samaritan Ireland will be there to support these communities wherever we can and to speak up on these issues where possible.”
Ireland’s Strategic Delivery Plan 2022-2027-Suicide Efforts: Providing a Safe Place at Uncertain Times-Initiated by the Minister of Mental Health and the Elderly, Mary Butler TD.
Samaritans Ireland works with funders, mental health partners, and other key groups, including those who have been affected by suicide or self-harm, to influence regional and national structural changes while volunteering. We want to expand our base by 20%.
Eleanor Farrell, Chair of the Samaritans Ireland Board, said: We achieve this by always listening, bringing evidence and experienced voices to suicide prevention, challenging unfairness, and working hand-in-hand with those who need us at every stage. I am aiming for.
“In developing this ambitious plan, we have contacted the Samaritans, those affected by suicide and suicidal ideation, and volunteered, cooperated with, and assisted us. We have worked closely with those who do. “
Minister Butler acknowledged the work of Samaritan Ireland and its volunteers and thanked them for their continued support to others when they needed it most.
“We are pleased to be able to launch a new five-year strategy for the Samaritans of Ireland. The organization responds to approximately 500,000 calls and emails annually, struggling with callers and coping. We put those who are and those who live in isolation at the center of all our activities.
“Thanks to everyone who took this opportunity to help develop a strategic delivery plan. It involved a huge amount of work and dedication, especially with the dedication of Samaritan volunteers. I would like to thank you for your dedication. It is thanks to your efforts that the Samaritans continue to provide live saving services.
“This plan appropriately coordinates and complements government policies, as outlined in Vision Sharing and Connecting to Live. Samaritans Ireland will enhance mental health services and be lost in suicide in Ireland. We are confident that we will continue to support us in achieving our common goal of reducing lives. We look forward to the benefits this plan will bring to people with mental health problems over the next five years. “
Anyone can contact Samaritans for free at any time, from any phone on 116123 or on a mobile phone without credit, and that number will not appear in the phone bill. Alternatively, send an email to jo @ samaritans.ie or visit www.samaritans.org to find out more about your nearest branch office.
2,000 Samaritan volunteers across Ireland and Northern Ireland answer about 500,000 phone calls and emails each year.