29 Jun 2022

Telephone counselling service to open every day over Christmas

Telephone counselling service to open every day over Christmas

Telephone counselling and support service Connect is to extend its hours during Christmas to open every evening from tomorrow (Wednesday, December 15th) through until Sunday, January 2nd.

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

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

Service Director Marie Percival said: “Christmas is a particularly sensitive period in terms of public need for the service. We want to ensure that we are there for people if they need our support.”

From Northern Ireland and the UK people can call 00 800 477 477 77.

Connect’s normal opening hours, which will return in January, 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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