Connect, the national telephone counselling and support service, is to extend its hours during Christmas to open every evening from next Monday, December 18 until Monday, January 1.
Connect is a telephone-based counselling and support service for adults who were abused in childhood and will open from 6 to 10pm throughout the festive period.
People can call Connect for free at 1800 477 477. Callers will get to speak with a trained counsellor who can listen and provide professional counselling and support.
Funded by the HSE, Connect was established in 2006 following demands from groups representing survivors of institutional abuse for the establishment of an independent and professional out of hours telephone based service.
Service Director Sheila Doran said that Christmas is a particularly sensitive period in terms of public need for the service.
Connect’s normal opening hours are 6-10pm Wednesday to Sunday.
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