What to do if you feel alone this Christmas

Please remember that there are people who want to talk to you

What to do if you feel alone this Christmas

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Christmas is a special time of the year, a time when we come together and celebrate. And because of that it can be lonely too.

Spreading joy and feeling loved is easier for some at this time of year, and feelings of loneliness can seem particularly, though not exclusively, prevalent during the holidays.

Remember, strange though it may sound, you’re not alone in being alone. While it may not provide much comfort, remember that there are others out there who are also struggling with this feeling of loneliness.

If you feel lonely this Christmas, please talk to someone. Even if it’s only to say hello. As difficult as it might seem, please know that there are people out there who are on your side. Who want to talk to you.

If you feel alone, please try to take one small step forward. Please reach and talk to someone.

If you need to talk to someone this Christmas, there are people who want to listen and talk to you.

Samaritans, 24-hour helpline, 365 days a year on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre , 24-hour helpline on 1800 778 888

Aware, seven days a week, 10am to 10pm, on 1890 303 302

Dare to Live SOS, Christmas Day Helpline, 12pm to 3pm, 01 857 6901

Childline Ireland, 24-hour helpline on 1800 66 66 66 or Text 50101

Teenline Ireland, seven nights a week, 7pm-10pm, on 1800 833 634

Console Ireland, 24-hour helpline, seven days a week, on 1800 247 247

Women’s Aid, National freephone helpline on 1800 341 900