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Mental health support services for young people

Some of the advice on this page may be difficult to follow during the coronavirus outbreak. Read more about minding your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.

The services listed here provide mental health information and support for young people.


Childline provides free listening services to children and young people up to the age of 18.

The Childline helpline is open 24 hours every day.

You can contact Childline by:

  • Online chat
  • Freephone 1800 666 666
  • Texting the word "Talk" to 50101

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Jigsaw is a national centre for youth mental health. They focus on intervening early to support the mental health of those aged 12 to 25 years of age.

Jigsaw operates 13 services in communities across Ireland. They offer a place you can visit for free with confidential support from trained mental health professionals.


BeLonG To youth services is the national organisation supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI+) young people between 14 and 23 years in Ireland.

Services include:

  • support groups for young people and parents
  • informal one-on-one chat service
  • professional counselling
  • drugs and alcohol support service

The services are confidential, free-of-charge and welcoming to all young people. helps young people get through tough times. They provide mental health information for young people and parents.

SpunOut provides information for young people on mental health and many other topics. SpunOut also has an online directory of services.

Other services and supports

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are for children, generally up to the age of 18. They see children and adolescents with moderate to severe mental health concerns. Some conditions treated in CAMHS include:

  • moderate to severe depression
  • anxiety
  • eating disorders
  • self-harm

You will need a referral from a professional, usually your GP. Learn more about CAMHS.

page last reviewed: 30/09/2018
next review due: 30/09/2021

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