It is estimated that one in four of us will experience some mental health problems in our lifetime, from a low period, to more serious depression, to a small number who will experience severe mental health problems. If you feel persistently sad, have trouble sleeping or experience unexplained aches and pains, you should visit your GP for some advice.
NOTE: List each area and link to HSE website here: http://www.hse.ie/portal/eng/services/list/4/Mental_Health_Services/
If you are worried that you or someone you know is at risk of suicide or self harm, you should immediately contact your local doctor or go to the Accident and Emergency department of the nearest hospital.
Talk to someone NOW
If you need to talk to someone NOW call Childline (Helpline PHONE: 1800 66 66 66) or the Samaritans (Free to Call Number – 116 123) for confidential, non-judgemental support 24 hours a day- no matter what you’re problems you’re facing or where you are, there will be someone available to offer you support.
- Childline is 24-hour service for children and young people up to 18 years of age open 365 days a year. Calls to Childline are confidential and they don’t have caller ID or trace any calls. It won’t cost you anything to call Childline and our number won’t show up on the phone bill.
- Samaritans is a confidential emotional support service for anyone inIreland. The service is available 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide. You can talk to Samaritans at any time of the day or night.
Text Someone NOW
You can also access support and information on where to go for help in a crisis through your mobile by texting the word HeadsUpto 50424.
The Samaritans also offer a 24:7 text support service, 365 days a year, for anyone in emotional distress. This service is available nationwide. To receive the service, simply send an SMS text message to 087 2 60 90 90
Do you need to Talk to Someone ?
If you need to talk to someone right now there are a number of helplines you can contact for confidential non-judgemental support.
Most helplines will provide a listening service, give information and advice, provide emotional support and point you in the direction of other services. They are often free phone services which are staffed by trained volunteers or employees. Some helplines, such as Bodywhys or Aware, specialise in dealing with particular issues, whilst others, such as the Samaritans are more general, dealing with a whole range of issues that may concern young people.
HELPLINE PHONE: 1890 303302
Supports those who are directly affected by depression. Aware operates a helpline from10amto10pmMonday to Wednesday and 10am to 1amThursday to Sunday.
The Aware Helpline is a non directive listening service for people affected by depression, either as sufferers or as family and friends. The Helpline offers a non judgemental listening ear to people who may be distressed or worried, or just need someone to talk to. You can also call the helpline if you are worried about someone who may be depressed or for information about depression or Aware services.
Bodywhys (The Eating Disorders Association ofIreland)
HELPLINE PHONE: 1890 200 444
Bodywhys’ core services centre on providing confidential, non judgemental support for people affected by eating disorders. The helpline is open for two hours each week day offering a non-judgemental and confidential support and information service.
Callers can access names of local health professionals, details of all Bodywhys support services and other voluntary organisations where appropiate. Bodywhys also offers support groups, an online support group and email support.
HELPLINE PHONE: 1800 66 66 66
Childline is 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 young people through the Childline listening service over the phone. You can call Childline for a chat or to talk about any problems you might have. Calls to Childline are confidential and we don’t have caller ID or trace any calls. It won’t cost you anything to call Childline and our number won’t show up on the phone bill.
PHONE: 0808 808 8000
Contact Youth provides counselling to young people inNorthern Ireland, believing that all young people have the right to free and confidential counselling.
PHONE: 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 forms of mental breakdown, or indeed, to prevent such happening.
International Ireland PHONE: 01 6260775
Recovery International is a self-help group, founded in Chicago Illinois in 1937, by the late Dr. Abraham A. Low. It offers The Recovery Method of Will Training for improved mental health and for control of nervous symptoms.
Teenline Ireland is a national helpline for teenagers. Teen-Line provides a listening and support service
FREEPHONE: 116 123
Samaritans is a confidential emotional support service for anyone in theUKandIreland. The service is available 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide. You can talk to Samaritans at any time of the day or night.
Shine (Supporting People Affected by Mental Ill Health)
HELPLINE PHONE: 1890 621631
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. Shine runs a confidential helpline open from9amto4pm, Mon-Fri (1890 621 631).
National Drugs & HIV
HELPLINE FREEPHONE: 1800 459 459
Providing confidential support & information.
HELPLINE FREEPHONE: 1800 201 890
Supports and helps people bereaved through suicide The National Freephone Helpline is a confidential listening service for people bereaved through suicide. This service provides callers with the space and safety to speak about their loss. Callers are given the opportunity to express how they are feeling and coping or not coping as can sometimes be the reality. Callers will be offered contact details of Counselling Services and Support Groups as near as possible to the location of the caller.
Gay Switchboard Dublin
HELPLINE PHONE: 01 872 1055
GSD’s core service is provided via telephone. 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.
HELPLINE: 1890 927 277
For over twenty years, Parentline has provided a completely confidential helpline for parents and guardians. Parents phone Parentline with all sorts of problems. There is no typical call. Calls come from parents of new born babies, toddlers, pre-teens and teenagers – children of all ages. All ages offer different challenges.