Getting Professional Support
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)
Irish Health Pro Website (Information Site on all Health Matters)
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 Psychological Society of Ireland (Find a Psychologist)
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 amoungst their database of Psychological Society of Ireland Registered Members.
Counselling and Psychotherapy can be of great support in times of crisis or change. It involves the provision of professional assistance to people who are experiencing personal issues, in order to help alleviate those difficulties.
Specific Support Sites
Tackle Bullying (Website from the Anti-Bullying project in DCU)
Jigsaw (Mental Health Service Free Counselling to Adolescent
Turn2Me.org Trained Mental health professionals on line
Aware – Helping to Defeat Depression (www.aware.ie)
Helpline: 1890 303 302,
E-mail Support: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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.
St Patrick’s Mental Health Services provides community and outpatient care through its Dean Clinics and day patient services through its Wellness & Recovery Centre. It provides inpatient care through its three approved centres: St Patrick’s University Hospital (241 beds), St Patrick’s, Lucan (52 beds) and Willow Grove Adolescent Unit (14 beds).
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.
MyMind is an accessible and affordable mental health service based in Dublin, Cork and Limerick as well as providing online supports at www.mymind.org.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Shine – Supporting People affected by Mental Ill Health (www.shineonline.ie)
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.
Turn2Me is an online mental health community providing peer and professional support to people in distress. This is done through live, moderated Forums and Support Groups. There is also free one to one online counselling to those who engage on a regular basis.
Grief and how to Cope
Mental Health Support
A Lust for Life is another collection of insightful articles that might help you better understand the problems that you are facing, and help you realise that you are living in a world full of people who can relate to what you are going through.
Reach Out is an Irish website full of blogs, videos and an Ask The Expert service that is encouraging young people to learn more about their mental wellbeing and empower them to take steps towards good mental health.
See Change is an alliance of organisations working together through the National Stigma Reduction Partnership to bring about positive change in public attitudes and behaviour towards people with mental health problems.
Mentalhealth-support is an organisation created to help families, care givers and those suffering and affected by psychosis.
Drugs and Alcohol
Parents Guide to Alcohol and Drugs (From the HSE)
Think Before you Buy (Vide from Blanchardstown on ‘Are Recreational Drugs OK’
- Know the Facts about Drugs H.S.E (Click on Title)
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.drugs.ie)
Helpline: 1800 459 459
Providing information, support and counselling in relation to drugs, substance misuse or addiction.
Drug Rehab DrugRehab.com is a web resource provided and funded by Advanced Recovery Systems (ARS). Since 2015, the website has provided researched, fact-based resources for free.
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
Drugs and Alcohol Helpline (email@example.com, 1800 459 459)
Freephone helpline offering support, information, guidance and referral to anyone with a question or concern related to drug and alcohol use.
BeLonG To (www.belongto.org)
PHONE: 01-873 4184
Supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) young people.
Sexual Health and Pregnancy
Sexual Wellbeing (New site from HSE)
Cura (www.cura.ie) (site seems to be closed)
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) (Site seems to be closed)
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.