Many people are excited to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year after spending so much time stuck at home over the past two years. This long weekend is a time to enjoy yourself. No matter how you choose to celebrate, what’s most important is reducing harm, taking care and looking out for your friends. If you’re planning on drinking or taking drugs, make sure to inform yourself of the risks and you know what to do if things go wrong.
This weekend also marks Day of Remembrance and Recognition, when we remember those who passed away due to COVID-19. This can be a difficult time for many who lost loved ones, and it’s okay to take the space you need to grieve. If you need to talk to someone, you can get in touch with our free, 24/7 text message support service by texting SPUNOUT to 50808. You can connect with a trained volunteer any time of the day or night.
If you are a customer of the 48 or An Post network or cannot get through using the ‘50808’ short code please text HELLO to 086 1800 280 (standard message rates may apply). Some smaller networks do not support short codes like ‘50808’.
How to stay safe and make the most of St. Patrick’s weekend
Here are some ways you can look out for yourself and your friends this weekend:
Drugs and alcohol
- Quiz: How much do you know about alcohol?
- How to help a friend in a drug emergency
- What happens when you mix alcohol and drugs?
- Reducing harm when taking drugs at an event