Samaritans prepare for World Cup blues

Heightened emotions as a result of the World
Cup could lead to more depressed people contacting the

spokesperson for the charity said that events of national
significance always resulted in an increased number of calls, and
volunteers expect more people to ring in because of the

“Something very important can act
as a trigger and can exacerbate feelings of isolation,” she

However the tournament is
unlikely to be the main reason to call, she added, and it is more
likely to act as an icebreaker for conversation about deeper

“Something as neutral and as
common a language as football makes it easier to speak,” she

Samaritan volunteers have
reported Ireland star Roy Keane’s name being frequently mentioned
in calls after he left the national squad.

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