Minding your Mental Health: Support Services


There are a number of organisations dedicated to helping members of the public at times when they need support, including the following:

Ruth Monahan: ruthmonahan@oaklandscc.ie

Roz Maher: rozmaher@oaklandscc.ie


Other Online and Phone Mental Health Supports

While it may not be possible to get face to face appointments there are a number of service providers that offer online and phone mental health supports and services, which are listed below. These include online counselling, phone and text services as well as online supports which can be found on www.yourmentalhealth.ie

(The following list has been taken from the HSE website)

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, day or night)
  • Text 50101 (from 10am to 4pm every day)
  • Chat online at www.childline.ie (from 10am to 4pm every day)

BeLonG To Youth Services

  • BeLonG To provide support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI+) young people in Ireland
  • Text LGBTI+ to 086 1800 280 to chat in confidence with a trained crisis volunteer (anytime day or night, standard SMS rates may apply)
  • While face to face services are closed, information, referral and advice will be provided digitally, by email, SMS, phone call or video conference
  • Visit www.belongto.org for more information


  • The Jigsaw Support Line is available for free mental health support and advice to young people aged 12 to 25 years old, and parents or concerned adults in Ireland
  • Freephone 1800 544729 (from 1pm to 5pm Monday to Friday)
  • Text CALL ME to 086 180 3880, giving your preferred day and time for a call (from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday)
  • Email help@jigsaw.ie (for responses from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday)
  • Visit www.jigsaw.ie or www.jigsawonline.ie for more information


  • Barnardos provide a national telephone support service for parents, in response to the challenges they are facing 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, for members of the public seeking information and support in relation to bereavement. Telephone 01 473 2110 (from 10am to 12pm, Monday to Thursday)


  • SpunOut.ie provides a wide range of articles and information for young people, on many different topics, including mental health
  • Text SPUNOUT to 086 1800 280 to chat to a trained volunteer (standard message rates may apply)
  • Visit www.spunout.ie for more information

Online counselling and supports


  • Free online counselling and online support groups for people over 18
  • Visit www.turn2me.org



  • Shine are currently providing remote support and an outreach service to people experiencing mental health problems and their families and supporters by phone and email.
  • Visit www.shine.ie/covid-19 or email phil@shine.ie

Suicide or Survive (SOS)

  • A series of free online wellness workshops and programmes are available from SOS
  • Visit www.suicideorsurvive.ie for more information

Stress Control Online Programme

  • A series of Stress Control classes, to learn new stress management skills and mind your mental health
  • The 6 session online programme will run over 3 weeks on Mondays and Thursdays
  • Starting Monday 13th April, free-of-charge
  • From HSE Health and Wellbeing – more information here

Phone, email and text supports


  • Emotional support to anyone in distress or struggling to cope
  • Freephone 116 123 (any time, day or night)
  • Email jo@samaritans.ie

Pieta House

  • Pieta House provides telephone and text-based support counselling for people who are suicidal or engaging in self-harm
  • Freephone 1800 247 247 (any time, day or night)
  • Text HELP to 51444 (standard message rates apply)
  • Telephone appointments will be provided to replace face to face appointments – contact your local Pieta House for details


  • Information and support to anyone over 18 about issues relating to their own mood or the mood of a friend or family member, or who experiences depression or bipolar.
  • Freephone Support Line 1800 80 48 48 (from 10am to 10pm every day)
  • Email supportmail@aware.ie anytime, for a response within 24 hours
  • A new Phone-in Support & Self Care Peer Group is now available. This is for people experiencing anxiety, mild to moderate depression, bipolar disorder and mood-related conditions, in order to give and receive support. More information at www.aware.ie

Crisis Text Line Ireland

  • A confidential messaging support service
  • Text TALK to 086 1800 280 (any time day or night, standard SMS rates may apply)

LGBT Ireland

  • Online support and through the helpline for LGBT+ people across Ireland
  • LGBT Helpline 1890 929 539 (every day)
  • Gender Identity Family Support Line 01 907 3707
  • Email info@lgbt.ie for support or information while face to face services are closed
  • An instant messaging service is available 7 days a week, from 6:30pm to 10pm Mon – Thur, from 4pm to 10pm Fridays, and from 4pm to 6pm on Sat & Sun

Mental Health Ireland 

HSE Mental Health Recovery Colleges

  • Recovery education colleges and services across the country are using various platforms to provide mental health recovery education. Timetables have been developed to support people through recovery education.
  • Visit Recovery Education for more information

GROW Mental Health Recovery

  • Information line 1890 474 474
  • Grow are providing a new six-week guide on coping with COVID19, consisting of podcasts, practical resources and information
  • Visit www.grow.ie or email info@grow.ie for more information, or while peer support groups are postponed

ADHD Ireland

  • ADHD Ireland provided support, information and resources for young people and adults with ADHD, and their carers and families
  • Telephone 01 874 8349 (from 9am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday)
  • Visit www.adhdireland.ie or email info@adhdireland.ie for more information

Inclusion Ireland

  • The National Association for People with an Intellectual Disability has produced a wide range of easy-read guides on coronavirus. These include one on how to keep good mental health for people with intellectual disabilities.
  • Visit www.inclusionireland.ie to download these guides, or for more information

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 (then press 1) for support, help or advice (from 9am to 5pm every day)
  • Visit www.exchangehouse.ie for more information


  • BodywhysConnect online support groups for adults (19+) with eating disorders are operating as normal
  • YouthConnect online support groups for young people aged 13-18 are operating as normal
  • Helpline 01 2107906 (Monday, Wednesday and Sunday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm and Saturday from 10.30am to 12.30pm)
  • Visit www.bodywhys.ie or email alex@bodywhys.ie for more information

Union of Students in Ireland 

  • Click here for some useful tips and resources which can be used to keep your mind healthy
  • Visit www.usi.ie for more information

Practitioner Health

Supports for older people 


  • Alone provide a COVID-19 support line for older people
  • Call 0818 222 024 (from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week)
  • Visit www.alone.ie

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland 

  • Practical information and emotional support or information on supports and services
  • Freephone 1800 341 341 (Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm) or email helpline@alzheimer.ie
  • The Dementia Resource Hub provides sign-posting to web-based reliable information and on-line resources for people with dementia, families and carers
  • Visit www.alzheimer.ie or www.understandtogether.ie for more information


  • Confidential listening service for older people provided by trained older volunteers
  • Call 1800 804 591 (lines are open every day from 10am to 10pm)
  • Visit www.thirdageireland.ie/seniorline for more information

Age Friendly Ireland 

  • Age Friendly Ireland have a compiled a list of all Local Authority Community Response Forums, and their contact helpline numbers – these are available to support vulnerable members of communities affected by COVID-19 restrictions
  • Visit Age Friendly Ireland for more information and access their daily newsletter here

Mobile apps to support your mental health

These mobile apps can help you manage anxiety. They have been reviewed and approved for listing here, by a group in the HSE (Mental Health Apps Review Sub Group). The app developers are solely responsible for their app’s advertisement, compliance and fitness for purpose. Unless stated otherwise, apps are not supplied by the HSE, and the HSE is not liable for their use.

Eating Disorder Self Help App (HSE)

A self-care app which provides valuable information for those with or people caring for someone with an eating disorder. The app provides information and advice for anyone worried about developing an eating disorder or for those who have been diagnosed or are recovering from an eating disorder. From the HSE National Clinical Programme for Eating Disorders and Bodywhys.

  • Read more and get the app, here

Mindshift (by Anxiety Canada)

A user-friendly self-help tool based on proven scientific strategies, 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.

Clear Fear

Clear Fear is an app developed for teenage mental health charity Stem4 which uses the evidence-based treatment 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 if you so wish and you will be able to track your progress and notice change.


Headspace is a well-known mobile app that teaches meditation and easy to use mindfulness skills. Map your journey, track your progress, and reap rewards in your overall health and wellbeing. You can even ‘buddy up’ with friends and motivate each other along the way.

More online supports

The YourMentalHealth.ie website provides information and signposting on all mental health supports and services that are available nationally & locally provided by the HSE and its funded partners. You can also call the freephone YourMentalHealth Information Line to find supports and services 1800 111 888 (any time, day or night).