The Irish Catholic Church’s Accord relationship counselling service has launched a new helpline to support couples experiencing difficulties during the Covid-19 lockdown.
The new helpline comes amid warnings from experts that couples and families self-isolating during lockdown could result in a rise in marriage and relationship breakdowns.
To help support marriage and relationships in this context, Accord CLG and Accord Northern Ireland have established the new relationship support phone line, which will be staffed by experienced couples and relationships counsellors. This will be a free service but calls are charged at a local rate.
Accord’s specialist in counselling marriage and relationships, Mary Johnston said: “Accord is very conscious of those experiencing difficulties in their relationships and family lives as we are confined to home during this unprecedented period for all in society.
“The circumstances in which we are living now can increase stress and pressure on relationships and in families.
“To help address these challenges, Accord has established a relationship support phone line to enable callers to speak to experienced couples and relationship counsellors in order to talk through the difficulties they are experiencing.”
With 54 centres across Ireland, Accord is committed to providing professional support for the pastoral needs of individuals at different stages in their development: in schools, through relationship and sexuality education programmes; by helping couples prepare for the sacrament of marriage; and, to couples and individuals seeking marriage and relationship counselling.
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