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Helplines See Unprecedented Rise in Volume of Assistance Calls – Lowry

Helplines See Unprecedented Rise in Volume of Calls – Michael Lowry TD

The sheer speed at which the Covid-19 virus has turned our lives upside down has caused stress, worry and problems of many kinds for people across the length and breadth of Ireland.

Schools at all levels have been closed; jobs have been lost; businesses have been forced to close; people have been restricted in how they live their everyday lives; elderly people and many who live alone are confined to their homes; social lives have vanished; sporting events are cancelled; visits to family and friends are on hold and families are enclosed in their homes day in and day out.

Add to this, the overwhelming fear of becoming ill; the stress of worrying about vulnerable family members getting ill; worries about present and future finances; keeping both adults and children occupied all day every day; concerns about work and school and the constant bombardment of dismal news stories from home and abroad. It’s easy to see how it all creates the perfect storm for a dangerous overload of stress, anxiety, depression and a myriad of social problems.

Deputy Michael Lowry is reaching out to people to advise them not to suffer in silence. “There are many Helplines and Support Groups in Ireland that are there to help and offer advice” he says. Since the arrival of Covid-19 in Ireland there has been an unprecedented rise in the number of calls to Helplines from people of all ages, from young children to elderly men and women and Deputy Lowry says that these services are providing an invaluable lifeline to many people, in a wide range of situations.

Amongst the busiest Helplines at present are those who offer advice and support to children and teenagers; the elderly and those living alone; those with mental health issues and those who are victims of domestic abuse or violence. “By picking up the phone to any of the Helplines available you are assured of a listening ear, an opportunity to speak to someone who truly understands and who can guide you to get the help that you need if necessary,” says Deputy Lowry.

Deputy Lowry has provided herewith a comprehensive list of Helplines and their contact details hereunder, as well as a list of the phone numbers for Garda Stations across Tipperary.

“Don’t be afraid to reach out for help at any time, but even more so during this time when our personal strength is being tested more than at any time in living memory”, Mr Lowry states.

Helplines

Aware (Depression) 1800 8044848.
HSE 1850 241850.
Pieta House (Suicide Helpdesk) 1800 247247.
Grow (Mental Health) 1890 474474.
Samaritans 116 123.
National Office of Suicide Prevention 01 6201670.
Childline Freefone 1800 666666.
Parentline 1890 927277.
Teenline 1800 833634.
Seniorline 1800 804591.
ALONE 0818 222024.
AMEN (Domestic Violence) 01 55543811.
Rape Crisis Centre 1800 778888.
Tipperary Rape Crisis, Clonmel 1800 340340.
Tipperary Rape Crisis, Nenagh 1800 541122.
Irish Wheelchair Association 01 8186400.
Cuan Saor Women’s Refuge 1800 576757.
Legal Aid Board 1890 615200.
Law Centre Nenagh (L.A.B.) 067 34181.
MABS 0761 072000.
Citizens Advice Bureau 0761 074000.

Living Links

An Garda Siochana
Emergencies 999 or 112.
Thurles 0504 25100.
Nenagh 067 50450.
Roscrea 0505 24230.
Tipperary Town 062 80670.
Clonmel 052 617 7640.
Templederry 0504 52202.
Cahir 052 744 5630.
Carrick-On-Suir 051 642 040.
Newport 061 378 102.
Ballingarry 052 915 4100.
Littleton 0504 44395.
Cloughjordan 0505 42122.
Cashel 062 75840.
Borrisokane 067 27101.
Toomevara 067 26002.
Mullinahone 052 913 3160.
Fethard 052 613 1202.
Clogheen 052 746 5204.

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