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
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.
Remote support and an outreach service to people who use Shine services by phone and email.
Suicide or Survive (SOS)
Free online wellness workshops and programmes.
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.
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.
Phone, email and text support
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.
Visit Samaritans Ireland.
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 www.text50808.ie for more information.
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.
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 hospicefoundation.ie for more information.
Online instant messaging support. Please see website for opening hours.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for support or information.
Mental Health Ireland
Information and support for people who experience mental health difficulties.
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.
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.
Support and information for young people and adults with ADHD and their carers and families.
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.
Union of Students in Ireland
Mental health information, resources and networks for students, from the Union of Students in Ireland.
Confidential support and help for doctors, dentists and pharmacists.
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
Ireland's 24-hour national listening service for young people up to the age of 18.
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 belongto.org 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 jigsaw.ie/livechat 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 https://jigsaw.ie/services-in-your-area/ for details of services around the country.
Telephone support for parents in response to the challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland
Grow Mental Health
Weekly online peer support groups. Podcasts, practical resources and information.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.