Last year was an extremely tough one for all and despite high hopes being held for 2021, it seems to have just picked up where 2020 left off.
There isn't a person in Ireland who hasn't been affected by the coronavirus pandemic in one way or another. At the time of writing, over 121,000 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 while almost 3,000 people have passed away from the disease. Businesses have been shut for close to a year, countless jobs have been lost or put on hold and none of us are seeing our family and friends as much as we'd like to.
All of this can take its toll and it's important to know that if you are struggling, there is plenty of help out there. Whether you've lost you job, are confined to a difficult domestic situation or are finding it difficult to cope with loneliness, help is never more than a phone call away.
While the relentless stream of bad news can be exhausting, the weight of the pandemic on our shoulders will ease in time. For now, some helpful phone numbers for anyone who is finding things tough can be found below.
Dublin Rape Crisis Centre: 1800 77 8888
Childline:1800 666 666
Women's Aid: 1800 341 900
Aware: 1800 804 848
Age Action: 1890 369369
Men's Aid: 01 5543811
As well as the, the HSE's YourMentalHealth helpline will put you in touch with someone who will tell you about all of the mental health supports available to you. You can call it on 1800 111 888.
In the meantime, if you find that the news is a bit too much, it's important to switch off every now and then. As well as that, check in with those close to you and mind yourself. Support is out there.
If there are any numbers that you find useful that we may have missed, be sure to let us know.