Samaritans provide a 24-hour helpline service for people who are in distress, struggling to cope and who are in need of emotional support, including those who are feeling suicidal.

This year we will mark the Winter Solstice on Tuesday, December 21st with an event called the Longest Night. We want to let people in need of our support know that Samaritans are there for them during their darkest hours, especially over the festive period. 

While Christmas may be a happy time for many, it can be quite challenging for others, especially given the ongoing restrictions with Covid-19. Loneliness and isolation, bereavement, relationship and family problems, depression, abuse, and drug and alcohol misuse can feature heavily throughout the festive break. Last year our volunteers answered over 37,000 calls for help over Christmas. You can help us reach these people.

We are appealing to landmarks, local authorities, and businesses to light up their buildings and outdoor locations in green to support us. Last Winter Solstice/Longest Night we had great support from businesses and several landmarks locally and nationally, including Theatre Royal, The Reg, 35 The Mall, Devonshire Bridge, Christchurch Cathedral, Devereux Manshop, Dublin Air Traffic Control, and the Rock of Cashel.

We are asking if you could illuminate in green on Tuesday December 21st as part of our Christmas Campaign.

We understand many public offices and buildings have LED lighting which can be changed remotely. The code for the colour green we use is R132 G189 B0, however any shade of green would be welcomed on the night.

Any images taken of the buildings or landmarks will be shared on Samaritans Ireland and Samaritans Waterford and South East Social Media and a press release will also be issued to all media.

You can also highlight your support by using the hashtags #samaritanslongestnight and #longestnight and tagging @SamaritansIRL on your social media.

We believe this Christmas, more than ever before, people need to know that Samaritans will be there for them 24 hours a day, including Christmas Day. With your support this campaign, when promoted locally and nationally, will highlight our service to those who may never had to contact us before. Samaritans can be contacted 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on freephone 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.ie.