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

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