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Dublin Samaritans Marks 24/7 Awareness Day

Dublin Samaritans announces partnership with Insomnia for its Awareness Day

Saturday, July 24th (24/7) marks the annual awareness day for Dublin Samaritans.

The date is chosen to remind people that the free phoneline, 116 123, is available 24/7, 365 days a year to those in distress, at risk of suicide or in need of an empathetic listening ear. However big or small a problem may seem, Dublin Samaritans is encouraging people who are struggling to cope, to call the freephone number any time and speak to one of its trained volunteers. You do not have to be suicidal to call.

The volunteer-run charity has partnered with Irish Coffee Company, Insomnia, to bring attention to the charity across Dublin city and mark its 24/7 awareness day. The coffee company has 40 branches in the capital, pouring thousands of beverages throughout the day. On Saturday, 24th July each Insomnia cup will display information letting people know how they can access the free listening service offered by Samaritans.

Insomnia is a little haven for friends to gather and share their day. A home from home to enjoy the little moments in life. Whether popping in for a morning coffee or an afternoon pick-me-up, it’s the perfect place to share a coffee and chat with friends and family.

Denise Howard, Marketing Executive with Insomnia said,

“Insomnia is very proud to support the Dublin Samaritans Annual Awareness Day. Insomnia has always been a destination for anyone who loves great coffee and a catch-up. We are delighted to have been asked by the Dublin Samaritans to take part in this year’s campaign and spread awareness of their service.”

Director of Dublin Samaritans, Anne Vaughan said,

“Insomnia’s support is invaluable to help us reach thousands of people on July 24th and remind them that Samaritans are there to listen, anytime they need someone to talk to.”

Dublin Samaritans is the largest branch in Ireland. The volunteers in Dublin take calls from across the nation. The ‘listening’ service provides a lifeline to thousands of people in Ireland each year who are troubled, in distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide.

“People call us from every walk of life. They talk to us about loneliness, isolation, relationships, finance, abuse, the future, and, in the last year, the struggles of living through lockdown features in some 30 per cent of calls. We’ve heard every possible problem. It’s so important to us to continue to offer 24/7 support to those who need it. Our amazing volunteers are specially trained to just listen, without any judgement. If something is troubling you, no matter how large or small you feel it may be, don’t be afraid to pick up the phone.” Anne concluded. 


Samaritans can be contacted 24/7 either by phone on free to call 116 123 or by email jo@samaritans.ieCalls are free even from a mobile with no credit. For more see: https://www.samaritans.org/ireland/branches/dublin/


Images: Maxwell Photography. Pictured at Insomnia, Grafton St are Denise Howard, Marketing Executive with Insomni and Anne Vaughan, Volunteer Director of Dublin Samaritans (featured image) and Karolina Mroz of Insomnia Grafton St. (insert)