Below are a number of organisations and online supports that you can access for help today.
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- Mental Health
- Drug and Alcohol Support
- Suicide and Bereavement
- Sexual Health and Pregnancy
- Abuse, Domestic Violence and Rape
- Support for Parents
- Support for Asylum Seekers and Refugees
- Getting Professional Support
Aware – Helping to Defeat Depression (www.aware.ie)
Helpline: 1890 303 302, E-mail Support: email@example.com
Aware is a national voluntary organisation providing support through depression. Services include support groups nationwide, a loCall Helpline open 365 days a year, email support services. All services are available to individuals who experience depression and also concerned family members and friends.
Bodywhys - The Eating Disorders Association of Ireland (www.bodywhys.ie)
Helpline: 1890 200 444, Email Support Service: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bodywhys is the national organisation dedicated to offering support, information & understanding for people affected by eating disorders including family & carers. The helpline offers a non-judgemental and confidential support and information service. Bodywhys also offers support groups, an online support group and email support.
Helpline: 1800 666 666
Childline is a 24-hour service for children and young people up to 18 years of age. Childline is open 365 days a year (even Christmas Day!). It offers support to every young people living in Ireland through the Childline listening service over the phone.
Helpline: 1890 474 474
GROW is a Mental Health Organisation which helps people who have suffered, or are suffering, from mental health problems. Members are helped to recover from all form of breakdown, or indeed, to prevent such happening. GROW’s principal strength is the support members give each other from their own experience in matters to do with mental health.
An interactive and fun website developed by the HSE in conjunction with NOSP to help you understand more about what’s getting you down, and find a few ways to help.
Pieta House – Centre for the Prevention of Suicide or Self-Harm (www.pieta.ie)
Phone: 01 601 0000
Pieta House – Centre for the Prevention of Self-Harm or Suicide is a focused, counselling service which is readily accessible to those who need it. Together with you, they help you identify reasons to live.
Helpline: 1850 60 90 90, Email Support Service: email@example.com
Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.
They offer their service by telephone, email, letter and face to face in most of their branches.
Helpline: 1890 621 631
Shine is the national organisation dedicated to upholding the rights and addressing the needs of all those affected by enduring mental illness including, but not exclusively, schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder and bi-polar disorder.
Teen-Line Ireland (www.teenline.ie)
Helpline: 1800 833 634
Teenline Ireland is a national helpline for teenagers feeling fed-up, alone, distressed, worried or just want to talk. Teen-Line provides a listening and support service and will provide you with information about other support services in your area.
This website aims to raise awareness on a range of personal issues and use technology to connect people together to better deal with their issues. The website is part of a support community which includes forums, blogs, useful assistance, useful information, weekly podcasts that discuss a range of issues and useful numbers and further assistance
Mental Health Support (www.mentalhealth-support.ie)
Mentalhealth-support is an organisation created to help families, care givers and those suffering and affected by psychosis.
Alateen is for young people, aged twelve to twenty, who are affected by a problem drinker.
Alcoholics Anonymous (www.alcoholicsanonymous.ie)
Phone: 01 842 0700
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
Alcohol Action Ireland (www.alcoholireland.ie)
Alcohol Action Ireland is a national charity for alcohol related issues. Their vision is of an Ireland that recognises and challenges the harm caused by alcohol.
Drugs Awareness Programme (www.dap.ie)
Helpline: 1800 459 459
Providing information, support and counselling in relation to drugs, substance misuse or addiction.
Gamblers Anonymous (www.gamblersanonymous.ie)
Phone: 01 872 1133
Self-help organisation holding regular meetings around the country.
Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who have joined together to do something about their own gambling problem and to help other compulsive gamblers do the same.
Merchant’s Quay (www.mqi.ie)
Phone : 01 524 0160
Merchants Quay Ireland is a voluntary organisation providing a wide range of services to people who are homeless and for drug users.
Narcotics Anonymous (www.na-ireland.org)
Phone: 01 6728000
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a non-profit fellowship of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. A group of recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean.
Smoker's Quit Line PHONE: 1850 201203
Advice and/or support on quitting smoking
1Life Suicide Prevention Helpline (www.1life.ie)
Text: “HELP” to 51444 for 1 to 1 support (standard text message rates apply)
1Life is Ireland’s first dedicated 24 hour Suicide Prevention and Intervention Helpline providing professional counselling services for anyone who has an issue related to suicide, whether an individual in suicidal crisis or a person seeking advice or information on behalf of another. 1Life provides a freephone telephone counselling service as well as text and cyber counseling (run by 3Ts and Console).
Console – Living with Suicide (www.console.ie)
Helpline: 1800 201890
Console supports and helps people bereaved through suicide. Console promotes positive mental health within the community in an effort to reduce the high number of attempted suicides and deaths through suicide. Their services include a national free phone helpline, individual & family counselling for people bereaved through suicide.
Living Links (www.livinglinks.ie)
To provide support and outreach to those bereaved by suicide
Pieta House – Centre for the Prevention of Suicide or Self-Harm (www.pieta.ie)
Phone: 01 601 0000
Pieta House – Centre for the Prevention of Self-Harm or Suicide is a focused, counselling service which is readily accessible to those who need it. Together, they help you identify reasons to live.
BeLonG To (www.belongto.org)
PHONE: 01-873 4184
Supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) young people.
Gay Switchboard Dublin (www.gayswitchboard.ie)
Helpline: 01 872 1055
They provide non-directive, non-judgmental, befriending, support and a general information service to the gay, lesbian and bisexual community, to anyone who has issues relating to their sexuality, to their parents, families and friends.
Southern Gay Men's Health Project (www.gayhealthproject.com)
PHONE: 021 4278470
Provides support, information, and a contact point for many gays, bisexuals and men who have sex with men in the South of Ireland.
Helpline: 1850 622 626
Offers support and help to those who are faced with a crisis pregnancy.
Irish Family Planning Association (www.ifpa.ie)
Helpline: 1850 495 051 (pregnancy helpline)
IFPA provides sexual and reproductive health information, crisis pregnancy counselling, clinical services, education and training. Through education programmes, clinics and information, they enable people to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health and to understand their rights.
Life – Pregnancy Care Services (www.life.ie)
Helpline: 1850 281 281
Life has been serving women with crisis pregnancies for over 24 years as a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing a professional level of service to our clients. All counselling services are offered free.
National Drugs & HIV Helpline
Helpline: 1800 459 459
Providing non-directive and confidential information, support, guidance and referral to anyone with a question or concern related to drug and alcohol use and or HIV and sexual health.
Helpline: 1850 673333
Confidential service offering advice and counselling to pregnant girls and women, their partners, family and friends
Positive options (www.positiveoptions.ie)
Provide information and contact details for organisations that may be able to help if you are worried about being pregnant.
Lo-call 1890 252 084
The National Federation of Services for Unmarried Parents and their Children. Treoir is an information centre and promotes the welfare of and improves the standards of care for unmarried parents and their children.
Helpline: 01 8670701
Provide facilities, professional help and support to women and children suffering from violence in their home. Aoibhneas operates a 24 hour helpline service, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
CARI – Children at Risk in Ireland (www.cari.ie)
Helpline: 1890 924 567
Provides a professional, child centred therapy and counselling service to children, families, and groups who have been affected by child sexual abuse.
+353 1 4768680
The National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence
Rape Crisis Network Ireland (www.rcni.ie)
Helpline: 1800 778 888
Offer a confidential, 24-hour telephone helpline, 7 days a week staffed by trained counselors who are available to listen to you and any concerns you may have in regard to issues of rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment or childhood sexual abuse.
Women's Aid (www.womensaid.ie)
Helpline: 1800 341 900
Provides support and information to women and their children who are being physically, emotionally and sexually abused in their own homes.
Ireland’s only parenting site for Dads and Dads to be. Dad.ie is a parenting website for dads & dads-to-be providing parenting advice & information on Pregnancy, Fatherhood, Money & Legal issues and Lifestyle & Health matters. It is presented online in the style of a magazine with articles updated regularly and with all previous articles available through the sites archive facility.
Help Me 2 Parent (www.helpme2parent.ie)
Call: 087 6890582
A website offering a variety of parenting courses as well as several tips and advice around parenting.
Helpline: 1890 927 277
Offers support, guidance and information on all aspects of being a parent and the reassurance that, whatever the problem, you’re not the first parent to face it. Sometimes, all you could need is a listening ear.
Call +353 91 637 746
Some advice and tips on parenting and on the whole journey of being a new parent.
Integrating Ireland – National Network
Call 01 6453070 or 01 6770061
Working toward a just diverse and inclusive Irish society that ensures the full participation and rights of migrants, immigrants, refugees and people seeking asylum.
Irish Refugee Council (www.irishrefugeecouncil.ie)
Call 01 764 5854
The Irish Refugee Council (IRC) is an independent non-governmental organisation advocating on behalf of asylum seekers and refugees since 1992.
RIS – Refugee Information Centre (www.ris.ie)
Call 01 645 3070
The RIS offers a free, confidential and independent information, advice, referral and advocacy service for people seeking asylum in Ireland, for those in need of protection, for people with refugee status and for those with permission to remain in Ireland.
SPIRASI works with asylum seekers, refugees and other disadvantaged migrant groups, with special concern for survivors of torture. In partnership with others, SPIRASI enables access to specialist services to promote the well-being of the human person, and encourages self-reliance and integration into Ireland.
If you, or someone you know, is experiencing mental health difficulties, it can help to talk to a professional. The first point of professional contact for a young person is usually his/her local GP. Your GP is there to listen to your concerns, to offer you information, support and advice. If you could benefit from accessing another service, your GP can help you to do so by providing an onward referral. To find out more about the GPs and HSE services available in your area you can call the HSE infoline on Callsave 1850 24 1850, or find information through the website on www.hse.ie/healthservices.
If you would like to find out more about how to find a counsellor or psychologist in your area:
The Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (www.irish-counselling.ie)
The IACP is an organisation that promotes therapeutic counselling and represents counselling interests throughout Ireland. It represent the interests of both client and counsellor in Ireland. The IACP act as a link between those who are looking for counselling and those who provide counselling.
T: 01 2723427
The National Counselling Institute of Ireland (www.ncii.ie)
As a professional body committed to furthering the promotion of counselling as a professional service throughout the community, the National Counselling Institute provides a Find a Counsellor service that allows you to search our database for a suitably qualified Counsellor in your area.
T: 061 216288
The Psychological Society of Ireland (www.psihq.ie)
PSI is the professional body for psychologists in Ireland. Their website offers a service that allows you to search for a registered psychologist that meets your needs, from amongst their database of Psychological Society of Ireland Registered Members.