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Wednesday 31 May 2023 Dublin: 15°C

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# Helpline
Over 6,000 people contacted the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre for the first time in 2020
People who asked for support were “more anxious and felt more isolated” during the pandemic compared to previous years.
# Helpline
Extra Digital Covid Cert helpline set up after callers face difficulties getting in touch
The call centre went live yesterday, but many people reported wait times of up to two hours.
# Child Protection
New helpline for Mother and Baby Home survivors concerned about risk still posed by abuser
Tusla said perpetrators may have been involved in the abuse of multiple children over time.
'Take the time to talk it through. Explain what it all means': The helpline demystifying Covid-19 for older people
A dedicated helpline by organisation Alone is supporting older people across the country as the coronavirus outbreak continues.
# Pieta House
Suicide prevention charity Pieta House expects surge in calls and messages over Christmas period
The suicide prevention charity says that average calls to its helpline rose by 45% this year
# Mental Health
New 24/7 mental health helpline to provide signposting to supports and services
The freephone service provides information on how to access services provided by the HSE.
# scouting ireland
Scouting Ireland receives 80 phone calls from people identifying as victims
71 alleged abusers and 108 alleged victims were identified by the organisation last week following a historic review.
# Helpline
Almost 5,000 people waiting for call to be returned by CervicalCheck helpline
The HSE has returned 2,686 calls to over 7,678 people.
# CervicalCheck
Simon Harris says the State will pay for women to have a repeat cervical screening
Earlier the HSE apologised after a helpline for concerned people was down due to a technical glitch.
# taking the lead
Over 1,200 vulnerable animals were seized by the ISPCA last year
There were 16,211 calls were made to the ISPCA’s helpline last year.
# Suicide
Call for special taskforce to Tallaght area after concerns about suicide deaths
Sinn Féin’s Sean Crowe says access to mental health care is ‘missing or thin on the ground’ in his constituency.
# Helpline
'There's no problem too small to call about': Childline expecting over 1,000 calls today
A team of Childline volunteers are giving up their own Christmas to offer support to hundreds of children who will need to talk to someone.
# Animal Cruelty
In photos: ISPCA report reveals cases of starving dogs and ponies in filthy conditions with no water
In 2016 inspectors initiated 32 prosecutions and saw 15 finalised in court.
UCC student dies after contracting meningitis
The death has sparked a number of calls to a meningitis helpline.
# niteline
'It’s extremely difficult to call up a stranger and start pouring your heart out'
Meet the volunteers answering late-night calls from students who need to talk.
# Mind Our Farm Families
Pieta House teams up with farming group to highlight suicide among men in rural areas
Pieta House and the IFA are running a phoneline and counselling service.
# Domestic Violence
'Think of all those voices desperate for help': Women's Aid helpline receives 41 calls a day
The service is now 24/7, due to increased demand.
# Eighth Amendment
British group launches helpline for women in Ireland who buy abortion pills online
The British Pregnancy Advice Service is concerned that, because they are committing an illegal act, women may not always seek help.
# reaching out
Massive increase in new callers to service for childhood abuse victims
The most common overall setting for abuse was in the family with one quarter of these callers saying their fathers abused them.
# Awareness
Increase in the number of men in their 20s and 30s with eating disorders
Eating Disorder Awareness Week starts today.
# shelter
Domestic violence: Over 2,000 children taken to emergency refuges last year
Services across Ireland answered 46,137 helpline calls in 2013 — or 126 calls each day.
# DOcuments
Irish Water will consider extending October 31 deadline for applications
The utility also apologised for the long waits some customers are experiencing when contacting the helpline.
# Domestic Violence
Hundreds who called women's helpline had suffered over 21 years of abuse
Women’s Aid said abuse included severe beatings, threats to kill children, stalking, and rape.
# charleville
'We must work to communicate the darkness that increasingly troubles young minds'
The call was made at the funeral mass of the O’Driscoll brothers in Cork.
# Support
Sexual abuse victim: 'We can't fix another's pain, only witness it. Thank you for being my witness.'
The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre is currently recruiting for volunteers.
# Body Image
Over 92% increase in people looking for help over eating disorders
Bodywhys support service said that the majority of calls are from those aged 25-35.
# Helpline
The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre reports 'disturbing increase' of sexual violence
The organisation said that 48% of clients were victims of childhood sexual abuse.
# staying safe
The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre has these tips for Leaving Cert students heading out tonight
The helpline is advising students to, “Let your hair down and not your guard”.
# call for help
14% of callers to crime victims helpline say they are being harassed
The co-ordinator of the National Crime Victims Helpline said that people need to be aware harassment is a crime.
# Funding
Childline is at "breaking point" as donations continue to plummet
Some volunteers say they have been abused when fundraising by members of the public.
# Childline
Abuse, violence, mental health: Children in Ireland called for help 664,000 times last year
Figures from Childline indicate children are more comfortable talking about mental health on the web, with 20 per cent of online contacts relating to this area.
# Loneliness
Older generation feeling 'harsh impact' of emigration, says helpline
Senior Help Line has seen a “worrying” increase in the number of calls.
# parents
Parents suffer broken bones in violent attacks by their children
Teenage issues and aggression are the most common reasons for calls to a helpline for parents in Ireland.
Teen helpline records 65 per cent increase in calls
Teen-line is now looking at offering a texting service for teenagers.
Column: I volunteer with Samaritans every Christmas. Here's why...
Sometimes people call Samaritans at Christmas who might never normally do so. It could be the first Christmas they are bereaved, the could feel isolated, or they could have major money worries. We’re there to listen.
# Helpline
Over 2,100 people called rape helpline over Christmas 2012
The Rape Crisis Centre is urging men to “not be that guy” this Christmas.
# Helpline
Christmas time 'can trigger more abuse' for victims of domestic violence
Women’s Aid is appealing for donations to help it continue to offer its helpline services.
# Samaritans
Calls to Samaritans helpline down but people "still hurting very much"
In total, the helpline received 381,128 calls in the last year.
# sexual health
Email and drop-in service to support sexual health in gay community
The Gay Switchboard is also hoping to launch a video chat service next year to encourage younger people who are having issues to get in touch.
# Helpline
Abuse survivors' helpline expects 12 per cent increase in calls
Connect said it expects to receive 8,300 calls this year compared to 7,376 last year.