A G.P. (family doctor) is usually the first service to approach in relation to mental health concerns. A G.P. can talk to you about support options available and the things you can do for yourself. Find out about how a G.P. can provide support.
Referral to a specialist
In some cases, a G.P. may refer you to the H.S.E. mental health services or to other supports such as psychology or counselling.
Helplines and online supports
Phone and online supports offer information and support for a wide range of problems and concerns.
If you are thinking about arranging a private appointment with a psychologist or counsellor, ask about their qualifications and whether they are registered with an accrediting body. You can find information on accreditation at CounsellingDirectory.ie. You can find a registered psychologist via www.psychologicalsociety.ie/find-a-psychologist/
Community & non-statutory services
You can access a wide range of supports and services from community and non-statutory organisations. Many of these services are low-cost or free and include one-to-one services, family and group supports, counselling, befriending, bereavement support, personal development, respite support and income/employment advice and support. Search for services in your local area.
In an emergency situation, when a G.P. is not available, you can access the mental health services through you local hospital Emergency Department.