Rise in 'worried callers' to helpline
There has been a 9 per cent increase in calls from worried relatives to one of Ireland’s only 24/7 suicide prevention hotline.
An increase in concerned calls to the 1Life hotline has been noted over a two-year period, with a quarter of all calls in relation to loneliness and isolation.
Statistics reveal that 22 per cent of all daily calls are made between 10pm and 1am. The number of calls discussing financial stress and debt issues has increased 6 per cent between 2010 and this year.
This announcement coincides with 1Life’s annual reminder that support is available for those in crisis all day and night throughout the Christmas period, when regular medical and psychiatric support might be interrupted by the holiday said 1Life director Noel Smyth.
“Whilst Christmas is generally a time for families to come together and enjoy the season, it can be difficult for many people who may be in need of support. Additionally, others may find themselves in a position where they are hosting a relative who may give them some cause for concern, whether by appearing particularly low or by displaying unsettling behaviour such as severe anxiety which may be a sign of suicidal ideation,” he said.
“Family members may need to ask for help with what to do next what to say or do to help or what to avoid. I would urge anyone who finds themselves in crisis or is worried about a relative to contact our trained Suicide Prevention Counsellors who can offer practical advice and support in confidence. That call could help avert a crisis.”
The 1Life hotline can be called on 1800 24 7 100 or text the word HELP to 51444.