Samaritans’ annual awareness month, Talk to Us, is taking place throughout July. As part of the campaign, volunteers from Cork are holding awareness events in Cork Kent Railway Station on Friday the 17th of July from 3.30pm – 8pm and in Mallow Railway Station on Friday the 24th of July from 3.30pm – 8pm.

They are also hosting a Recruitment Information open night in their Coach Street premises on Wednesday, 22nd July 2015 from 7.30pm to 9pm for people interested in volunteering with them. It will be an opportunity to find out more about what the Cork Samaritans do and the commitment involved.

This event is just one of over 100 taking place across Ireland and the UK, as the charity raises awareness of the importance of talking, and its round the clock service, for anyone struggling to cope.  Last year, 196 volunteers from the Cork branch answered 48,664 calls for help, according to the latest figures released by the national charity. Overall in the Republic of Ireland, 1,664 volunteers in Ireland answered 472,968 calls for help.

People around Cork can support their local Samaritan services by simply texting ‘CORK’ to 50300* to make a €2 donation which is the cost to the charity of answering one call for help.

Michelle O’Shea, the newly appointed director of the Cork Samaritans said: “Come along to our Talk to Us events and find out how Cork Samaritans is making a difference in your local community. We want people to recognise the value of making contact, rather than bottling things up.  People can get in touch with us by phone, email and text, as well as visiting the branch to speak to a volunteer face to face. We are here round the clock, every single day of the year.”

Visit Samaritans’ interactive map to find out about the different Talk to Us events happening across Ireland: http://www.samaritans.org/talk-to-us-events

Samaritans are available round the clock, every single day of the year. We provide a safe place for anyone struggling to cope, whoever they are, however they feel, whatever life has done to them. Please call 116 123 , or email jo@samaritans.org, or visit us between 9am & 10pm at 8 Coach Street, Cork.