Connect to open every day over Christmas

Monday, December 21, 2015.

Connect is to extend its hours during Christmas to open every evening from today until Sunday, January 3rd.

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 throughout the festive period.

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.

Service Director Theresa Merrigan said that Christmas can be an emotional time for people which creates a greater demand for counselling and support services.

Connect expects to receive 9,000 calls this year including a significant growth in new callers.

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.

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.

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Further Information

Ronan Cavanagh, Cavanagh Communications: (086) 317 9731