Sources of Support for Mental Health

If you have decided to ask for help with your mental health, there are many ways that you can do so. This page lists different ways to reach out to various organisations for help. Most of them are free, or have free options. Many of the organisations have specific areas of mental health that they help with, so take some time to decide what medium you feel most comfortable using, and then which organisation best suits your needs.

Support by phone
  • Aware (depression/anxiety/bipolar disorder/mood anxiety) offer a freephone service seven days a week between 10am to 10pm
    • 1800 80 48 48
  • BelongTo (LGBTQ+ up to age 25) offer a phone service weekdays from 9am to 5pm
    • 01 670 6223
  • Bodywhys (eating disorders/ body image) offer a phone service Monday, Wednesday & Sunday 7.30pm to 9.30pm and Saturday 10.30am to 12.30pm
    • 01 210 7906
  • LGBT Ireland (LGBT) offer a freephone service Monday to Thursday 6.30pm to 10pm, Friday 4pm t0 10pm and weekends 4pm to 6pm
    • 1800 929 539
  • Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (sexual abuse/assault) offer a national freephone service 24/7
    • 1800 77 88 88
  • Samaritans (confidential, anonymous listening service) offer a national freephone service 24/7
    • 116 123

Counselling sessions via phone
  • Mymind (mental health support) offer 6 free sessions if you are affected by COVID (register at mymind.org to find out if you are eligible), or sessions at a student discount price of €20 per session via phone (register at mymind.org)
  • Turn2Me (mental health support) offer 6 free sessions to Irish residents (register at turn2me.ie/services/one-to-one-counselling)

Support via webchat
  • Jigsaw (mental health support up to age 25) offer a one-to-one webchat Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 1pm to 4.30pm and Thursday 2pm to 7.30pm
  • LGBT Ireland (LGBT) offer a one-to-one webchat Monday to Thursday 6.30pm to 10pm Friday 4pm to 10pm and weekends 4pm to 6pm
    • https://lgbt.ie/instant-messaging-support-service/
  • Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (sexual abuse/ sexual assault) offer a one-to-one webchat weekdays 10am to 2pm (excluding bank holidays)
    • Click the pop-up at drcc.ie or see https://www.drcc.ie/services/helpline/webchat/

Support via text
  • 50808 (mental health support) offer a text service 24/7
    • Text Hello to 50808
  • Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (sexual abuse/ sexual assault) offer a text service for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing weekdays 8am to 6.30pm
    • 086 823 8443
  • Turn2Me (mental health support) offer 6 free sessions to Irish residents (register at turn2me.ie/services/one-to-one-counselling)

Support via email
  • Aware (depression/anxiety/bipolar disorder/mood anxiety) offer an email service with a response within 24 hours
  • BelongTo (LGBTQ+ up to age 25) offer an email service
  • Bodywhys (eating disorders/ body image) offer an email service
  • Jigsaw (mental health support up to age 25) offer the ability to email their service out of hours using their live chat portal at https://jigsaw.ie/talk-online/live-chat (please note the email service is not manned out-of-hours)
  • Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (sexual abuse/ sexual assault) offer an email counselling service weekdays during office hours
  • Samaritans (mental health support) offer an email service

Support via online programmes
  • Mymind (mental health support) offer 6 free sessions if you are affected by COVID (register at mymind.org to find out if you are eligible), or sessions at a student discount price of €20 per session via phone (register at mymind.org)
  • Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (sexual abuse/ sexual assault) offer a support programme
  • Turn2Me (mental health support) offer 6 free sessions to Irish residents (register at turn2me.ie/services/one-to-one-counselling)
  • Turn2Me (mental health support) offer a peer support community
  • Turn2Me (mental health support) offer a thought catcher mood diary that can be public or private (uses nicknames)
  • The Traveller Counselling Service (mental health for the Traveller Community) provide online counselling
    • https://travellercounselling.ie/

Support via phone groups

Support via online groups

Support via in-person groups

Individual in-person support
  • Jigsaw (mental health support up to age 25) offer one-to-one in-person support
  • Mymind (mental health support) offer 6 free sessions if you are affected by COVID (register at mymind.org to find out if you are eligible), or sessions at a student discount price of €20 per session via phone (register at mymind.org)
  • Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (sexual assault/sexual abuse) offer one-to-one in-person support

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