Kilkenny/Carlow Samaritans are launching an SMS service so that people struggling to cope have a new way to find someone who will listen to them. The new service is in addition to the telephone helpline which has been the mainstay of Samaritans since the organisation was founded 60 years ago and the email service which has been increasingly important.
The most recent statistics show that 7.8% of Samaritans responses were made to contacts by SMS, a figure which is expected to grow. And 7.2% of responses were to contacts by email. Gill Leo of Kilkenny/Carlow Samaritans said: “Samaritans is very keen to make it as easy as possible for people who are down or depressed to be able to contact us. The SMS service is a new way for people to talk about their troubles. We want everyone to know that whatever life’s done to you, we’re here to listen to whatever you need to say. The service is confidential and non judgmental and available to all.” The new Kilkenny Samaritans SMS contact number is: 087-2609090 The Samaritans telephone number: 1850 60 90 90 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org