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9,882 People Supported By Merchants Quay Ireland In 2020

Laura Donnelly
Laura Donnelly

02:40 21 Oct 2021


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'Stigma and shame' could be preventing women with addiction from seeking help, according to Merchant's Quay Ireland.

The organisation launched it's annual report, which found lockdowns led to more people needing its homeless and addiction services.

Services Co-ordinator at MQI Fiona McDonnell says many women wait until they're at 'crisis point' to get help due to stigma.

Just under 9,900 people accessed MQI's services in 2020 - around 1800 were women.

262 18 to 24 year olds were supported, while 137 people were admitted for detox or rehab.

MQI says the lockdown had an impact on the increased numbers needing their services, but the full long-term impact is not yet clear.

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