Taximen support Lifeline

Sheila Stalker, from Lifeline and Eamonn O?Donnell, with  North West Taxi proprietors, pictured with representatives from local taxi firms (from left), Martin Harkin and Willie Doherty, with City Cabs, Terry Page and Ronnie Brolly, manger,  with Taxi Co and Michael Breslin, with Derry Taxis.
Sheila Stalker, from Lifeline and Eamonn O?Donnell, with North West Taxi proprietors, pictured with representatives from local taxi firms (from left), Martin Harkin and Willie Doherty, with City Cabs, Terry Page and Ronnie Brolly, manger, with Taxi Co and Michael Breslin, with Derry Taxis.

Derry taxi drivers are supporting a local campaign to raise awareness of the Lifeline crisis counselling helpline service.

Taxi proprietors and drivers have agreed to display posters in offices and to carry Lifeline contact cards for local passengers who may be in need of crisis support.

Lifeline 0808 808 8000 is the regional crisis counselling helpline service which was established by the Department of Health in 2008. It has a base at Strand Road.

It provides free, confidential telephone support from qualified counsellors 24 hours a day to people of all ages, along with face to face follow-up counselling.

Eamonn O’Donnell, North West Taxi Proprietors’ Association, says: “Our local taxi drivers are very community spirited and do interface directly with many hurting people.”

People can access the service by ringing 0808 808 8000 or can be referred to the service by a loved one or a healthcare professional. Further information available from www.lifelinehelpline.info