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Emmet Cunningham

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I, like most people in Ireland, knew someone affected by suicide and it was my desire to do something, anything, about this that led me to volunteer with Samaritans. I had thought of volunteeri­ng many times, but I’d back out because I said to myself, “why would anyone want someone who doesn’t have a Leaving Cert, can’t drive and has no qualificat­ion!” When I did volunteer, I found that I was exactly what they wanted: someone who was prepared to listen without judgement and prepared to give a person in distress empathy and time to say what they need to.

Samaritans don’t judge people, be they callers or volunteers, they help you to fulfil your potential. I have thrown myself into Samaritans trying to give back some of what I feel I got from them. I am now the publicity officer for Cork, something that a couple of years ago I would have laughed at! That’s what Samaritans can do for you: look beyond who

you are and see who you can be!

Emmet. 2 1/2 years a volunteer. Fisherman. Listener.

“Samaritans look beyond who you are and see who you can be!”

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