THE SAMARITANS will be out in force on the streets of Limerick over the May Bank Holiday weekend, to encourage people to come forward to discuss issues around mental health.
As part of Riverfest, volunteers with the Samaritans will provide support to people in need from 9pm on Friday through to 3am on Sunday as part of their own ‘Samaritans Festival’. Volunteers will be in the George’s Quay/Bank Place area in the morning and afternoons before moving towards the market area in the evenings.
Catherine Slater, director of Samaritans Festival branch, said this is the first time they have had a presence during Riverfest. “People attend festivals, including the Riverfest festival, to meet up with old friends, make some new ones and generally to have a good time. For some people though, crowded places can sometimes be very lonely when they are in distress or despair,” she said. Ms Slater said making the service available in the open allows them to reach people who may not have yet made contact with them. The group have previously attended events such as Electric Picnic, and the Lisdoonvarna match-making festival. Samaritans can be contacted at 1850 60 90 90, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the branch at 20 Barrington Street.