Samaritans says there was strong demand for its service throughout the pandemic.
The Samaritans partnered with the Alone charity due to a jump in older callers with suicidal thoughts during Covid.
Speaking at the Oireachtas mental health committee, the Samaritans said there was strong demand for its service throughout the pandemic.
Niall Mulligan, the organisation’s executive director, says other groups working outside the area of mental health also received contacts from people experiencing suicidal ideation.
He says this led to the link with Alone, providing extra support to volunteers
Thank you @OireachtasNews Sub-Committee on Mental Health for having us in to discuss our services & the impacts of COVID-19. We look forward to future engagements. @frances_black @neasa_neasa @Wardy1916 @conwayforclare @patbuckleysfme @JohnLahart @Ginosocialist @AislingDSenator pic.twitter.com/yX6QdSwKuY— Samaritans Ireland (@SamaritansIRL) October 5, 2021