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# classy gesture
Tottenham fans who travelled from Dallas for postponed game get Harry Kane offer
Ken and Brandi Saxton made it to Burnley before the Premier League game was called off.
# Abuse
Childline answered 381,000 calls, texts and online messages from children last year
72% of phone calls answered by the charity came from males.
# Arrears
'There is a solution for everybody': Debtors urged not to put their heads in the sand in 2018
Legal and financial experts say there are ways they can help – especially if people come to them at an early stage.
# anonymous passerby
An English tourist sent the Mayor of Dublin a lovely letter thanking people in the city for their help during an emergency
“I cannot explain how grateful I am to the people of Dublin who have been the most friendly and thoughtful people I have ever met”
# ask for help
Fianna Fáil TD becomes emotional in Dáil speaking about death of young man by suicide
Lisa Chambers was speaking during a Dáil debate on her party’s Bill to strengthen the rights of mental health patients.
# Help
Top three in tune, so I'm 'back to Ringo' jokes McIlroy
The Irish Open gets underway this morning.
# illogical
Man ready to leave National Rehab Hospital, but HSE says there's no money to support him at home
The Liveline Effect: Brendan Howlin says families feel they have to go public with their tragic stories to see action.
# Location
Mobile phones will soon text your exact location to emergency services when you dial 999
A pilot scheme is currently underway with three major mobile networks.
# PH PLEA
JK Rowling asked people to help a Dublin student find an important bag - and it worked
Thank you, JK Rowling!
Voices
'When I was told my brother had died by suicide, I crumbled to the floor and howled'
Michelle Ross speaks openly about what she and her family have gone through since her brother died by suicide last year.
# ALONE
'I didn't want to be any bother': Older people urged to ask for help this Christmas
A charity for older people wants to remind them they deserve to live with dignity.
# sponsored by WEEE
7 things you didn't know about the LauraLynn Hospice
LauraLynn is Ireland’s Children’s Hospice, providing much-needed care to short and precious lives.
# getting things done
This mother's email led to Ireland getting a specialist clothing range for children with additional needs
Irish parents were being forced to get specialist clothes shipped from the UK which was very expensive.
# Ireland's call
Bressie to head up youth group on mental health
The GAA’s Rob Hennelly will also be a member of the new task force which is due to meet in November.
# Brisbane
Community rallies to help Irishman injured in Australia
Liam Boland toppled over and fell six metres to a concrete pathway below, sustaining serious injuries.
# sponsored by nicorette
Want to stop smoking? Here are 7 great reasons for quitting you might not have thought about
And some happen as soon as you stub out that last cigarette.
# Sponsored By HSE
'The best thing about being smoke-free is feeling more energetic' - one man's journey to quitting for good
Mark quit smoking after six years, and he’s never looked back.
# sponsored by nicorette
Want to stop smoking? Here are 7 great reasons for quitting you might not have thought about
And some happen as soon as you stub out that last cigarette.
# Help
Widow of man who died in accident appeals for help in finding lost bracelet
Elaine Bowens says the bracelet carries “huge sentimental value”.
# Help
10 truly Irish symptoms of The Fear
*shivers*
Voices
'We need to talk about the reality of debt'
Debt is scary – sometimes scary to face and always scary to hide from, writes Stephen Curtis.
# broken system
'Imagine being suicidal and waiting hours and hours for help'
The founder of Pieta House has said the current mental health support system is not working.
# migrant crisis
'Mama Merkel' rules out closing the 'Balkan route' to Syrian refugees
A meeting on in Brussels also saw Turkey trying to strongarm the EU.
Voices
'I fed myself through looking or smelling, but never eating. I'm not over anorexia; I'm living with it'
When I finally got it, I still didn’t think I deserved help. I checked into hospital still believing I was “too fat”, writes an anonymous contributor.
Voices
'My partner was lovely at first, but things changed after we moved in together'
At the beginning he was nice, making sure I got home safely and on time for curfew, but things changed, writes an anonymous contributor.
Voices
My life with shingles: 'It was like I had gone a few rounds with Conor McGregor'
I incorrectly believed that shingles was contagious, writes Carol Reddy Locke
# sponsored by Consumer Help
Is your money going up in smoke? Here’s how you could save on your mortgage
It’s worth taking a look…
Voices
The over-emphasis on medication over therapy is just one problem that needs fixing
Before the 2011 election, Taoiseach Enda Kenny singled out mental health as the key issue he wanted to tackle.
Voices
'After training and a strict diet this week, I am three pounds off the two stone mark'
Alan Mullen was a leader last year, but he hasn’t given up. He’ll be keeping us up to date on how he’s getting on over the coming weeks.
Voices
When a couple faces the reality of infertility, it can send them into crisis mode
Ovulation calendars, doctors’ appointments, tests and treatments start to take over.
Voices
Pregnancy is meant to be an exciting, happy time. So, what happens if you don't feel that way?
Pregnant women who find themselves depressed often feel a lot of guilt, writes Catriona Spellman.
Voices
All or Nothing: Here's how to avoid sabotaging your fitness goals
One moment of weakness after lunch or a bad sleep the night before and it’s sofa-central. Here’s how to stay on track.
# Support
Feeling down today? There are people you can talk to
Christmas can be a difficult time for people, but help is out there.
Voices
Going through a relationship breakdown? It's okay if you don't join in on all the Christmas razzmatazz
The end of a long term intimate relationship, whether a marriage or committed relationship, is experienced as a huge loss with all of the complex emotions of the bereavement process.
Voices
10 tips to keep you stress-free this Christmas
Have you got lost somewhere in one of your lists – here are some practical tips to help you through the holiday season.
# Help
'I've been punched, kicked, scratched - if I stay I'll be killed': Stories of Ireland's abused men
More than 2,000 men each year contact a service for male victims of domestic abuse in Ireland.
# calls to action
Here are 15 PRACTICAL ways to help homeless people this Christmas and New Year
It can be as simple as treating someone with empathy when they approach you in the street.
# A helping hand
Hundreds of Irish radio listeners offer help to desperate mother after hearing her story
She broke down in tears as she told Jeremy Dixon how she found it heartbreaking not to be able to provide for her children at this time of year.
# crisis point
Primary teacher describes finding herself in cold house with no money for baby formula
“Without St. Vincent de Paul I would still be living in a cold house and be going without food.”
# Emergency
Medical staff rapidly arrived at hospitals spontaneously on night of the Paris attacks
A crisis plan, which was developed 20 years ago, was activated for the first time.