Here is a list of helpful phone numbers if you're struggling over Christmas

By Lovin' Media

December 23, 2021 at 10:01am


2021 was meant to be the year that we beat this thing. Unfortunately, much like last Christmas, many will spend this year apart from friends and family.

There isn't a person in Ireland who hasn't been affected by the coronavirus pandemic in one way or another. The hospitality sector is once again facing tough restrictions, 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 hard to cope with loneliness, help is never more than a phone call away. With the rise in Omicron cases, and strict close contact rules, many will spend Christmas isolating alone, or cut off from loved ones.

While the relentless stream of bad news can be exhausting, the weight of the pandemic on our shoulders will hopefully begin to ease again in early 2022. For now, some helpful phone numbers for anyone who is finding things tough can be found below.

Text about it: Text HELLO to 50808
Pieta House: Call 1800 247 247
Samaritans: 116 123
ALONE: 0818 222 024

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

Alcoholics Anonymous:018420700

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 you are isolating, schedule a FaceTime in with loved ones, even if you're not feeling up to it. It is important to remember you are not alone, and there are people who love you. While Christmas will be particularly difficult for many this year, it will pass, and things will get better again.


If there are any numbers that you find useful that we may have missed, be sure to let us know.

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