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Guildhall to light up ‘green’ to raise awareness of Samaritans 24/7 service over festive period

11 December 2017

Derry City and Strabane District Council will be signalling their support for the Samaritans on 21 December (the longest night of the year) by lighting up the Guildhall and its offices on the Strand Road ‘green’ – to remind people that the charity is there to support them 24/7 over Christmas and the New Year.

Welcoming the initiative requested by the local branch of the Samaritans, Mayor of Derry City & Strabane District Council, Councillor Maolíosa McHugh said: “I am delighted that Council is supporting this important initiative which aims to raise awareness of the help and support that is available for people who find themselves struggling to cope over the festive period.

“December 21 is a particularly poignant date – as it is the winter solstice and longest night of the year.  Indeed, when people are feeling overwhelmed, the night time can be particularly tough.  

“The Samaritans also get a lot of calls at night from those who need to talk about their feelings of distress or despair and feel they have no one else to turn to.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to commend the excellent work of the Samaritans’ staff in the Clarendon Street office – and all of the volunteers who selflessly give of their own time to offer emotional support to people in distress or despair, including those who are suicidal.

“It is therefore vital for people throughout the city and district to know that they can contact the Samaritans any hour of the day or night over the festive period – particularly when they feel life is overwhelming.”

If something is troubling you over Christmas and the New Year, please get in touch with the local branch of the Samaritans on 02871 265511 (local call charges apply) or the 24/7 National Freephone number 116 123.