Telephone counselling and support service, Connect is to extend its hours during Christmas to open every evening from today (Monday) until Sunday, January 4.
Connect is a free and confidential telephone-based counselling and support service for adults who were abused in childhood and will open from 6-10pm each day.
People can call Connect for free at 1800 477 477. Callers will get to speak with a professionally trained counsellor who can listen and provide support.
Connect manager, Theresa Merrigan said that Christmas can be an emotional time for people and this creates a greater demand for counselling and support services.
Connect has recorded a 22% increase in individual callers to the service to date in 2014, and expects to receive approximately 10,000 calls by the end of the year.
From the Northern Ireland and the UK people can call 00800 477 477 77. Connect¹s normal opening hours are 6-10pm Wednesday to Sunday.