Minding Your Mental Health: Mental Health Supports and Services during COVID-19
There are a number of organisations dedicated to helping members of the public at times when they need support, including the following:
- GP and Emergency Supports
- Your local GP is available to provide support
- For Hospital emergency services go to or call the emergency department of your local general hospital. Telephone emergency services on 999 or 112.
- The HSE.ie also provides a list of out of hours doctors services nationally, who are available to help in a crisis https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/2/gp/out-of-hours-services/
- The HSE Psychosocial Response Service is now open to the public, as well as HSE staff to provide some extra support at this unprecedented time. For telephone support from a HSE Psychologist / HSE Counsellor just email MLMpsychosocial@hse.ie.
- HSE Co. Offaly Help and Support Information Card: https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/4/mental-health-services/connecting-for-life/strategy-implementation/local-action-plans/cho-8-help-and-support-card.pdf
- HSE Co. Kildare Help and Support Leaflet: https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/4/mental-health-services/connecting-for-life/strategy-implementation/local-action-plans/numbers-when-you-need-them-cho-6.pdf
- Irish Hospice Foundation: Understanding bereavement https://hospicefoundation.ie/bereavement-2-2/understanding-bereavement/
- In-house support: Guidance Counsellors
Ruth Monahan: email@example.com
Áine Buckely: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Online and Phone Mental Health Supports
Face-to-face services are limited at the moment because of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. But a number of services are providing online and phone services.
These are listed below and include:
- online counselling and support
- phone support
- text support
(The following list has been taken from the HSE website, January 2021)
Supports for younger people, their parents or guardians
Minding Your Wellbeing (Videos):
HSE have launched a new, free, online mental health and wellbeing programme called Minding Your Wellbeing. This evidenced based programme which consists of 5 video sessions, each 20 minutes, can be found here.
The programme will focus on practicing self-care, understanding our thoughts, exploring emotions, building positive relationships and improving our resilience.
50808 is a first of its kind for Ireland: a free 24/7 text service, providing everything from a calming chat to immediate support for people going through a mental health or emotional crisis – big or small. From breakups or bullying, to anxiety, depression and suicidal feelings, crisis volunteers are available 24/7 for anonymous text conversations.
Start a conversation by free-texting the word HELLO to 50808 any time, day or night.
Visit www.text50808.ie for more information.
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 childline.ie anytime
Jigsaw is a mental health charity focused on providing expert advice and support, online and in person, to young people across Ireland aged 12 – 25 years-old.
Find a Jigsaw near you by visiting jigsaw.ie/services.
Talk to one of the team through 1:1 Live Chat by visiting jigsaw.ie/livechat. Contact our support line on freephone 1800 JIGSAW (544729) (1pm to 5pm Mon to Fri).
Text CALL ME to 086 180 3880 and one of the team can call you back when it suits you.
Visit jigsaw.ie for more information or email email@example.com
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.
Telephone 01 473 2110
10am to 12pm Monday to Thursday.
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
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.
BeLonG To Youth Services
Support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI+) young people in Ireland.
Text LGBTI+ to 086 1800 280 to chat confidentially with a trained crisis volunteer anytime – standard SMS rates may apply.
While face-to-face services are closed, information, referral and advice is available by email, SMS, phone call or video conference.
Visit belongto.org for more information
MyMind provides free online and phone supports, psychotherapy services for children, adolescents and adults under the COVID-19 project. Clients of age 16 and above can use free-of-charge online counselling.
If you would like to book an appointment you can do so by contacting MyMind through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the office at 0766 80 10 60 (9am – 5pm).
For more information, please visit www.mymind.org.
Shine provides information and support through regional offices and offers counselling and support to individuals living with mental illness and their families and carers.
If you are in distress or seeking information you can contact Shine at any time for confidential support at email@example.com
Information and support to anyone over 18. Issues relating to mood or the mood of a friend or family member, or who has depression or bipolar.
Phone ‘Support and Self Care Peer Group’ for people experiencing:
- mild to moderate depression
- bipolar disorder
- mood-related conditions
Freephone support line 1800 80 48 48 10am to 10pm every day
Turn2Me are a community of fully qualified and accredited mental health professionals working online to provide a high quality, safe, anonymous and confidential space for you to gain support – wherever you are, whenever you need it, for whatever you are going through.
Counselling options for individuals, couples and young people aged 12-17 offered. Log on to www.turn2me.ie.
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.
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.
Read more about the HSE Eating Disorder Self Help App.
Other Online Counselling and Support Services
Irish Hospice Foundation
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.
LGBT+ helpline 1890 929 539 every day
Gender identity family support line 01 907 3707
Online instant messaging support 6.30pm to 10pm Monday to Thursday, 4pm to 10pm Friday and 4pm to 6pm Saturday and Sunday.
firstname.lastname@example.org for support or information
Suicide or Survive (SOS)
Free online wellness workshops and programmes
Stress control classes to learn new stress management skills and mind your mental health from HSE Health and Wellbeing.
The programme is for 3 weeks on Mondays and Thursdays and commences again from Monday 2 November 2020.
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 now living and working in Ireland.The videos are available in Romanian, Polish, Arabic, English, French, Lithuanian, Russian, Irish and Portuguese.
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 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm.
Emotional support to anyone in distress or struggling to cope.
Freephone 116 123 every day 24 hours a day
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
Grow Mental Health Recovery
Weekly online peer support groups. Podcasts, practical resources and information.
Information line 1890 474 474
Together 4 Cancer Concern
Telephone support with cancer 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.
Phone 01 874 8349 from 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday
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.
Call 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.
BodywhysConnect – online support groups for adults with eating disorders.
YouthConnect – online support groups for young people aged 13-18.
Helpline 01 2107906 Monday, Wednesday and Sunday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm and Saturday from 10.30am to 12.30pm
Visit bodywhys.ieor email email@example.com for support
Union of Students in Ireland
Tips and resources to keep your mind healthy.
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.