More than half of the Irish population are concerned about their personal finances and the possibility of losing their jobs in 2012, a survey has shown.

The survey, commissioned by the Samaritans, shows that 68 percent are worried about losing their jobs or struggling to find work.

Conducted by YouGov, the survey polled 1,000 people and found financial issues to be the biggest cause of concern for 2011. The main causes of concern identified in the survey were debts, mortgages, rent and housing, and job security and redundancy.

More than 70 percent of those surveyed said that they were concerned they would suffer directly from the spending cuts outlined in December’s Budget. One fifth say they fear they may lose their home in 2012.

The director of the Samaritans of Ireland, Suzanne Costello said the recession continues to affect people across Ireland.
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"We've had more than 250,000 calls to Samaritans helpline over the past year, which is an increase of 9%," Costello said.

"We know the effects of the recession have hit people hard," Costello added.

"So if you're struggling to cope with the challenges you're facing in these difficult times, we'd encourage you to get in touch with Samaritans.

"Our service runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is available throughout the Christmas and New Year period."

Visit the Samaritans website here.