Sinn Féin Councillor Patricia Logue has expressed shock at the high number of children in Ireland who called Childline on Christmas day and has called for the need to get more information into our communities that there is help out there and such services are available.
The number of children contacting the charity over the Christmas period increased dramatically this year.
Colr. Logue said: “I was shocked to learn that over 1000 children contacted the service in Ireland on Christmas Day, via phone calls emails and texts.”
“Christmas and the New Year can be a great time of year, when friends and family get together.
“However, for some young people it can also be a very difficult time and not the happy side of Christmas we see portrayed on TV programmes or in adverts.
“There are a lot of hidden issues going on such as family breakdown, alcohol abuse in the home, domestic violence. Many children feel very isolated, depressed and its vital that we have such services there to offer a lifeline to young people in their hour of need .
“We all know the excellent work Childline and other charities are doing helping young people cope with many of the difficulties they face with modern day life.
“Many times young people have a worry they can’t cope with it and its important that they don’t bottle it up.
Colr. Logue added: “We need to ensure that we all play our part in getting more information into our communities and that there is help out there and such services are available.
“I would urge all schools, youth clubs sporting organisations to have the numbers of the likes of Childline on their notice boards.”
The number for Childline is 0800 1111, calls are free and confidential.