Minister Katherine Zappone, Anna Nolan and Brendan Courtney to participate in launch of LGBT Helpline/eir Pride partnership
A new partnership between the LGBT Helpline
and leading telecommunications company eir
will be launched by Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, this coming Monday, 13th
June, at 12.15pm at eir Headquarters, 1 Heuston South Quarter, Dublin 8.
The partnership will see eir and the LGBT Helpline team up to run a positive mental health awareness campaign – ‘It’s Good to Talk’ – during the forthcoming Dublin Pride Festival.
Full details of ‘It’s Good to Talk’ will be announced at Monday’s launch, and TV personalities Anna Nolan and Brendan Courtney will be on hand to demonstrate their support for the campaign.
Commenting in advance of the launch, Paula Fagan, National Coordinator of the LGBT Helpline, said:
“Our helpline receives a significant spike in contacts every year during Pride season. For most people, Pride is a time of celebration and fun, but it can also be a reminder for those who can’t be open about their LGBT identity of what they are missing out on, and can often be when people need support.
“eir is one Irish company leading the way in promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and we are delighted to be partnering with them on ‘It’s Good to Talk’. This campaign will allow us to grow awareness of our confidential support services for LGBT people, their families and friends during the busy Pride season.”
In addition to Minister Zappone and Paula Fagan, Monday’s launch will be addressed by Orla Coughlan, Chief Human Resource Officer with eir.
A number of eir employees will share their personal stories during Monday’s launch, including Stuart Coleman and Angelina Costello, both of whom are members of eir Spectrum, the company’s LGBT network.
eir is the principal provider of fixed-line and mobile telecommunications services in Ireland with approximately two million customers.
The LGBT Helpline is the national support service for LGBT people, their families and friends. It was established in 2010 and is run through a network of local helpline centres. The organisation’s teams of trained volunteers provide confidential support and information through the telephone helpline, online chat service, peer support service and the LGBT.ie website. The helpline number is 1890-929-539. For further information, please visit, www.lgbt.ie or follow @LGBT_ie on Twitter, #itsgoodtotalk.