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Wednesday 7 December 2016

One in four have no one to share troubles with

Rita Bourke
Rita Bourke

A QUARTER of Irish people feel they don't have anyone to share their troubles with according to new research for the Samaritans helpline.

A survey commissioned by the charity found that almost one in three people feel overwhelmed by their problems and more than 40pc don't want to burden others with our problems.*

One in five people feel too embarrassed to open up abouit thier problems while 12pc don't want to feel weak.

The top five problems included relationship issues, a big life event, income problems, family arguments and physical health.

One young woman who uses the Samaritans' service has spoken of how she feels it saved her life.

Rita Bourke was living in Australia a few years ago when her mental health began to break down.

One day, when she was experiencing "very severe suicidal thoughts" she telephoned The Samaritans and agreed with a volunteer's advice that an ambulance be sent to bring her to hospital.

"If I had not rang the Samaritans in Sydney that day, I wouldn't be here now," said Ms Bourke (31) at her home in Clonmel.

"Over the years, I've called The Samaritans a number of times when having problems with relationships, with work, or with friends.

"People shouldn't be ashamed to seek help. They can talk to The Samaritans no matter how trivial they might feel their problems might be viewed. They are non-judgemental. I've also used their texting service," she added.

The survey of more than 300 people coincided with the launch of Samaritans' awareness raising #TalkToUs campaign.

The Samaritans can be reached by calling 116 123, emailing jo@samaritans.org, or visiting www.samaritans.ie.*

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