Today, December 21st, is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day – and the longest night – of the year.
This evening, Samaritans in Cork will mark the date by reminding those struggling most that they are there for them during their darkest hours.
Volunteers will hold a candlelight vigil and carol singing on the corner of Grand Parade and South Mall from 7pm to 10pm.
The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Mick Finn, the High Hopes Choir and members of the Black Dog Society, a group of bikers who support other bikers with mental health concerns, will also attend.
“We know as it’s the Friday before Christmas, many people will be out socialising after work or late-night shopping, but it would be great if people could try to join us for a short time,” said Aileen Spitere, Cork Samaritans Director.
“We want to highlight that whatever people are going through, we’re here to listen every day of the year, even on Christmas Day. We would appeal to everyone to come along and bring family, friends and neighbours.”
Almost 53,500 calls for help were answered by volunteers across Ireland last December, with 1,300 volunteers on duty throughout the month.
Anyone who is struggling over the coming weeks can call Samaritans on freephone 116 123, text on 087 260 9090, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the branch at 7 Coach Street, Cork.