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Mental health supports and services during COVID-19

Some face-to-face services are limited at the moment because of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. But a number of organisations are still providing:

  • online counselling and support
  • phone support
  • text support

Some of the main services are listed below.

Online counselling and support

SilverCloud Health online CBT

Online CBT also works well to help manage mental health and wellbeing.

We have partnered with SilverCloud Health to provide internet-based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (iCBT). It is delivered by clinical staff and can be effective for people with anxiety or depression. The service is for people over the age of 18 and each programme runs for up to 8 weeks.

You need to be referred by one of the following to access the service:

  • your GP
  • Primary Care Psychology
  • the National Counselling Service
  • Jigsaw

Read more about the HSE and SliverCloud Health service

Minding Your Wellbeing

Free series of online video resources to learn and practice key elements of mental wellbeing such as mindfulness, gratitude, self-care and resilience from HSE Health and Wellbeing.

Read more about the Minding your Wellbeing Programme.


Free online counselling and online support groups for young people (aged 12 to17) and adults. Peer support groups for frontline workers and professionals.



Online counselling service including free appointments for people directly affected by COVID-19.




Outreach information and support services for people experiencing mental health challenges.

We also offer help to relatives and supporters of people with mental health challenges.

Remote supports are available by phone and email, as well as regular peer-led online support groups.
Phone: 01 860 1610 or 021 422 6064

Suicide or Survive (SOS)

Free online wellness workshops and programmes.


Stress Control

Stress control classes to learn new stress management skills and tips for minding your mental health from HSE Health and Wellbeing.

The programme is for 3 weeks on Mondays and Thursdays and recommences at varying intervals.

Visit HSE Health and Wellbeing for more information.

Clanwilliam Institute

Individual, couple and family therapy sessions online and phone.



Helplink Mental Health

Free low-cost online counselling services and educational resources.


Minding Your Mental Health

A series of multilingual video messages presented by doctors and other health professionals now living and working in Ireland.

The videos are available in Romanian, Polish, Arabic, English, French, Lithuanian, Russian, Irish and Portuguese.


Grow Mental Health Recovery

Weekly online peer support groups. Podcasts, practical resources and information.

Information line 1890 474 474


Phone, email and text support

Connect Counselling

An anonymous professional telephone counselling service for survivors of physical, emotional and sexual abuse including former residents of Mother and Baby Homes.

Freephone 1800 477 477 Monday to Sunday from 6pm to 10pm.



Emotional support to anyone in distress or struggling to cope.

Freephone 116 123 every day 24 hours a day

Visit Samaritans Ireland.

Text 50808

A free 24/7 text service, providing everything from a calming chat to immediate support for people going through mental health or emotional crisis.

Text HELLO to 50808, anytime day or night.

Visit for more information.

Pieta House

Telephone and text-based support counselling for people who are suicidal or engaging in self-harm.

Freephone 1800 247 247 every day 24 hours a day.
Text HELP to 51444 - standard message rates apply.



Information, support and peer groups for people experiencing anxiety, mild to moderate depression, bipolar disorder and mood-related conditions. Support also for friends and family members.

Freephone support line 1800 80 48 48 10am to 10pm every day


Irish Hospice Foundation Bereavement Support Line

A freephone bereavement support line providing information, connection, comfort and support.

Phone 1800 807 077 Monday to Friday from 10am to 1pm.

Visit for more information.

LGBT Ireland

Online instant messaging support. Please see website for opening hours.

Contact for support or information.

LGBT+ helpline 1800 929 539 every day.
Gender identity family support line 01 907 3707.


Mental Health Ireland

Information and support for people who experience mental health difficulties.

Information line 01 284 1166 from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday


HSE Mental Health Recovery Colleges

Recovery education colleges and services provide mental health recovery education. Timetables have been developed to support people through recovery education.

Visit Recovery Education

The Irish Cancer Society Support Line

A supportive information service staffed by experienced cancer nurses where anyone concerned about cancer can get trusted information and advice about any type of cancer, including in relation to concerns about the current pandemic.

Freephone 1800 200 700 (Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm)

Visit the Irish Cancer Society Support Line.

Together 4 Cancer Concern

Telephone support with counsellors. Links to nationwide community cancer support centres and a team of clinical psychologists.

Freephone 1800 200 700

Visit the HSE National Cancer Control Programme for more information.

ADHD Ireland

Support and information for young people and adults with ADHD and their carers and families.

Phone 01 874 8349 from 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday.


Inclusion Ireland

The National Association for People with an Intellectual Disability. Easy-read guides on coronavirus. These include one about good mental health for people with intellectual disabilities.


Exchange House Ireland National Traveller Mental Health Service

Telephone and online services and supports are available while face-to-face and group services have stopped.

Phone 01 8721094 and press 1 from 9am to 5pm every day.


Traveller Counselling Service

Online counselling to members of the Traveller community who need support during this time.



A range of services (helpline, support groups, online groups, email and family programmes) for adults and young people with eating disorders, and their families.

Helpline 01 2107906 Monday, Wednesday and Sunday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm and Saturday from 10.30am to 12.30pm.
Contact for support.


Union of Students in Ireland

Mental health information, resources and networks for students, from the Union of Students in Ireland.


Practitioner Health

Confidential support and help for doctors, dentists and pharmacists.

Phone 01 297 0396


College of Psychiatrists in Ireland

Short videos for families of young people with mental illness. These include measures that can help during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visit the College of Psychiatrists in Ireland.

Minding Creative Minds

Free 24/7 wellbeing & support programme for the Irish Creative Sector, including counselling.

Phone 1800 814 244


Supports for younger people, their parents or guardians

Childline (ISPCC)

Ireland's 24-hour national listening service for young people up to the age of 18.

Freephone 1800 666 666 any time.
Text 50101 from 10am to 4pm every day.
Chat online at anytime

BeLonG To Youth Services

Support, information and groups for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI+) young people in Ireland, their parents and carers, and other professionals.

Text LGBTI+ to 086 1800 280 to chat confidentially with a trained crisis volunteer anytime - standard SMS rates may apply.

Visit for more information.


Mental health support and advice to young people aged 12 to 25 years old and parents or concerned adults.

Jigsaw Live chat is for young people aged 12 – 25 years-old. Visit for 1:1 text-based support with a clinician Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 1 – 5 pm and on Thursdays from 2 – 8 pm.

Visit for details of services around the country.


Telephone support for parents in response to the challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Freephone 1800 910 123 from 10am to 2pm Monday to Friday.
Barnardos also provide a children's bereavement helpline service.
Phone 01 473 2110 from10am to 12pm Monday to Thursday.


Articles and information for young people on many different topics including mental health.
Text SPUNOUT to 086 1800 280 to talk to a trained volunteer - standard message rates may apply.

Supports for older people


COVID-19 support line for older people.
Phone 0818 222 024 8am to 8pm everyday.

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland

Information and emotional support and information on supports and services.
Freephone 1800 341 341 Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm

The Dementia Resource Hub provides sign-posting to information and online resources for people with dementia, families and carers.
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Grow Mental Health

Weekly online peer support groups. Podcasts, practical resources and information.

Information line 1890 474 474


Confidential listening service for older people provided by trained older volunteers.
Call 1800 804 591 from 10am to 10pm everyday

Age Friendly Ireland

A list of all Local Authority Community Response Forums and their contact helpline numbers to support vulnerable members of communities affected by COVID-19 restrictions.

Mobile apps

These mobile apps can help you manage anxiety. They have been approved for listing here by the HSE Mental Health Group.

The app developers are solely responsible for their compliance and fitness for purpose. These apps are not supplied by the HSE and the HSE is not liable for their use.

Mindshift (by Anxiety Canada)

MindShift CBT teaches about anxiety, helping users to engage in healthy thinking and to take action. Users check in each day to track their anxiety and work with tools in the app.

Get Mindshift from the App Store

Get Mindshift from the Google Play Store


Headspace is a well-known mobile app that teaches meditation and easy to use mindfulness skills. Map your journey and track your progress and ‘buddy up’ with friends and motivate each other.

Get Headspace from the App Store

Get Headspace from the Google Play Store

Clear Fear

For teenage mental health charity Stem4. The app uses CBT to focus on learning to reduce the physical responses to threat by learning to breathe, relax and be mindful as well as changing thoughts and behaviours and releasing emotions. You can personalise the app and track your progress.

Get Clear Fear from the App Store

Get Clear Fear from the Google Play Store

HSE Eating Disorder Self Help App

A self-care app for people:

  • with an eating disorder
  • caring for someone with an eating disorder
  • worried about developing an eating disorder
  • diagnosed or are recovering from an eating disorder

From the HSE National Clinical Programme for Eating Disorders and Bodywhys.

Read more about the HSE Eating Disorder Self Help App

page last reviewed: 22/04/2020
next review due: 22/04/2023