Connect counselling available for those impacted by focus on Brendan Smyth abuse

Connect is available this week to provide free telephone-based counselling to anyone impacted by the focus of the Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) Inquiry in Northern Ireland on the high volume of child abuse crimes committed by Brendan Smyth.

Connect provides professional telephone based counselling and support to survivors of abuse at freephone 1800 477 477 from the Republic of Ireland and 00800 477 477 77 from Northern Ireland and the UK.

Its opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday 6-10pm. However, due to the expected focus of the Inquiry on Brendan Smyth this week, Connect will also open this evening (Monday) and tomorrow evening (Tuesday) from 6-10pm.

Connect Manager Theresa Merrigan said: “Times of public focus on abuse, neglect and trauma often bring back to the surface intense feelings of distress and upset for people who have been affected. Connect is a professional service to support these people.”

Connect is funded by the HSE.

Further Information

Ronan Cavanagh, Cavanagh Communications: (086) 317 9731.

Connect counselling available for those distressed by Child Protection Reports

Connect is available to provide free telephone-based counselling to anyone distressed by today’s publication of the latest tranche of National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI) reports.

Connect provides free professional telephone based counselling and support to abuse survivors at:

  • 1800 477 477 from the Republic of Ireland
  • 00800 477 477 77 from Northern Ireland and the UK
  • Opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday 6-10pm.

 

Further Information

Ronan Cavanagh, Cavanagh Communications: (086) 317 9731.

Connect counselling available for those impacted by Mother and Babies announcement

Connect is available this evening and over the weekend to provide free telephone-based counselling to anyone impacted by today’s announcement regarding Mother and Baby homes.

Connect provides professional telephone based counselling and support to survivors of abuse at freephone 1800 477 477 from the Republic of Ireland and 00800 477 477 77 from Northern Ireland and the UK. Its opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday 6-10pm.

Connect Manager Theresa Merrigan said: “Times of public focus on neglect and trauma awakens distress and upset for people who have been affected and the Connect service is available to support these people.”

Further information at Connect’s new website at www.connectcounselling.ie. Connect is funded by the HSE.

 

Further Information

Ronan Cavanagh, Cavanagh Communications: (086) 317 9731.

Telephone counselling service open during Christmas

Telephone counselling service to open every day during Christmas

Telephone counselling and support sevice Connect is to extend its hours during Christmas to open every evening from today until Sunday, January 4th.

Connect is a free and confidential telephone-based counselling and support service for adults who were abused in childhood and will open from 6-10pm each day.

People can call Connect for free at 1800 477 477. Callers will get to speak with a professionally trained counsellor who can listen and provide support.

Connect Manager Theresa Merrigan said that Christmas can be an emotional time for people and this creates a greater demand for counselling and support services.

Connect has recorded a 22% increase in individual callers to the service to date in 2014, and expects to receive approximately 10,000 calls by the end of the year.

From the Northern Ireland and the UK people can call 00800 477 477 77. Connect’s normal opening hours are 6-10pm Wednesday to Sunday.

More information is available at www.connectcounselling.ie.

Connect was established in 2006 following demands from groups representing survivors of institutional abuse that an independent and professional out of hours telephone based service be established. It is funded by the HSE.

Further Information
Ronan Cavanagh, Cavanagh Communications: (086) 317 9731
www.connectcounselling.ie