27000 calls to Samaritans in Derry

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The Samaritans have revealed that they have had nearly 27,000 calls to the Derry branch over the past year.

The shocking statistic was revealed during a presentation delivered by the Samaritans director Lindsay Johnston and Deputy Director Tom Bradley before Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Health and Community Committee November meeting.

Speaking at the Guildhall Ms Johnston revealed that in August alone this year there were 2,700 contacts came into the Derry office, followed by 2,800 in September.

The Samaritans have had a base at Clarendon Street for 40 years and currently have 114 volunteers in the city with 15 new starts.

As well as providing the confidential listening ear service and a drop in facility, the Samaritans also visit Magilligan Prison as part of outreach work, as well as visiting local schools.