There are a number of organisations providing support via the phone, internet or text message. For a more comprehensive listing of other services and supports, visit our Find Services section.

Some widely available telephone and online supports include;


24 hours a day, emotional support

Samaritans

Free 24hr helpline: 116 123
Email: jo@samaritans.org
Text: 087 260 90 90 (Republic of Ireland, standard message rates apply)

Samaritans is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone struggling to cope. For confidential, non-judgemental support please call 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org, or visit www.samaritans.ie for details of the nearest branch.

Childline

Free 24hr helpline: 1800 666 666 
Online Chat: www.childline.ie 
Teentxt service: text the word "Talk" to 50101 or text the word "Bully" to 50101

Childline provides a free and confidential listening service to children and young people up to the age of 18. The Childline helpline is open every day, 24 hours a day and Childline Text services are open every day 10am - 4am.

Pieta House 

Free 24hr helpline: 1800 247 247
Email: mary@pieta.ie
Text: text the word "Help" to 51444 (standard message rates apply)
Find your closest branch: Here 

Pieta House offers specialised treatment to clients who self-harm, suffer from suicidal ideation or have made multiple suicide attempts. In addition, specialised suicide bereavement services are available at Pieta Centres nationwide. Clients receive an intensive programme of one-to-one counselling lasting about four to six weeks. Pieta House is a non-profit organisation and the service is free of charge.


General mental health support

Aware 

Free Support Line: 1800 80 48 48
Email: supportmail@aware.ie (response within 24 hours)

The Aware Support Line and Email services are free and available to anyone, over the age of 18 years, who is seeking support and information about issues relating to their own mood or the mood of a friend or family member, or who experiences depression or bipolar disorder.

Gaelic Players Association (GPA)

24/7 Freephone Helpline: 1800 989 285 (Republic of Ireland) and 0800 044 5059 (Northern Ireland)

The GPA Counselling Services operates an urgent confidential counselling support line for players which is available 24/7, 365 days a year.

Grow

Infoline: 1890 474 474 

GROW is a mental health organisation which helps people who have suffered, or are suffering, from mental health problems.

Shine

Email support: phil@shineonline.ie (response within 24 hours)

Shine supports people with mental ill health and their families and friends. Shine provides general information, a listening ear and specific information about Shine services. Emails received by phil@shineonline.ie are viewed and responded to by trained psychotherapists, within a 24 hour period between Monday and Friday. The service is confidential.

Turn2Me

Turn2Me provides moderated peer support forums, online support groups, access to Thought Catcher - a mood measuring tool - and one to one online counselling.

MyMind

MyMind provide multilingual counselling and psychotherapy services, both online or face to face through more than 80 mental health professionals and in more than 10 languages. Clients can self-refer and appointments are within 72 hours. Fees are based upon employment status, offering the unemployed or students affordable services.

MentalHelp.ie

MentalHelp.ie is an online directory run by Mental Health Reform, the national coalition of organisations promoting improved mental health services. The directory brings together the services and supports offered by M.H.R.'s member organisations and includes information on helplines and websites, support groups and training, benefits and housing, inpatient care and counselling, complaints and advocacy, rights and recovery.

Suicide or Survive

Helpline: 1890 577 577

Suicide or Survive (SOS) provide a wide range of programmes, delivering innovative approaches that educate, inform and inspire people to cultivate good mental health and reduce stigma leading to less death by suicide.


Support for children and young people

Childline

Free 24hr helpline: 1800 666 666 
Online Chat: www.childline.ie 
Teentxt service: text the word "Talk" to 50101 or text the word "Bully" to 50101

Childline provides a free and confidential listening service to children and young people up to the age of 18. The Childline helpline is open every day, 24 hours a day and Childline Text services are open every day 10am - 4am.

ReachOut.com

ReachOut.com helps young people get through tough times. By providing quality mental health information and covering issues that can impact our mental health, ReachOut.com takes the mystery out of mental health.

SpunOut.ie

The website, SpunOut.ie, carries a range of health information for young people, including mental health, sexual health, exam stress and general lifestyle information. SpunOut also has an extensive online directory allowing site visitors to search for supports and services in their area.

Turn2Me Youth

Turn2Me Youth run online support groups on Family Relationships, School Stress and Worry, Feeling Stressed and Feeling Down and LGBT Support.

Youth Mental Health Signposting Tool 

The new (2017) Youth Mental Health Signposting Tool provides detailed information about youth services, training programmes and community supports around the country. You can search for services (including online and helpline services) by region and find all the relevant contact details and opening hours. This tool is provided by the National Youth Council of Ireland.


LGBT+ support

LGBT Helpline

Helpline:  1890 929 539 
Instant Messaging Support Service: Here

The LGBT Helpline is a national support service providing confidential, non-judgmental, support and information to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people and their families and friends. The LGBT Helpline is run through a network of local helpline centres by trained volunteers.


Support for eating disorders

Bodywhys

National helpline: 1890 200 444
Email support: alex@bodywhys.ie

Bodywhys is the national eating disorder association of Ireland. They provide a variety of supports for people affected by eating disorders. Helpline 1890 200 444, email support: alex@bodywhys.ie, online support groups, and face to face support groups in Dublin, Carlow and Sligo.


Abuse/domestic violence support

AMEN

Helpline: 0818 222240 (Monday-Friday, 9am - 5pm)

AMEN provides a confidential helpline and support service, and information, for male victims of domestic abuse.

Women's Aid

Free 24hr helpline: 1800 341 900

Women's Aid is a voluntary organisation offers free and confidential support to women and their children who are experiencing domestic violence in the Republic of Ireland.

Children at Risk in Ireland (CARI)

LoCall Helpline: 1890 924 567 (Monday – Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm)

The CARI Helpline (Lo Call 1890 924 567) is a specialised, confidential national service. The CARI Helpline advisors respond to calls from professionals seeking referral advice and parents who have just received the devastating news that one of their children has suffered sexual abuse or they are concerned about their child’s sexualised behaviour.

Rape Crisis Network

Free 24hr helpline: 1800 77 88 88

The Rape Crisis Network is a national network offering a wide range of services to women and men who are affected by rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment or childhood sexual abuse. The services include a national 24-hour helpline, one to one counselling, court accompaniment, outreach services, training, awareness raising and lobbying.


Money and debt management support

Money Advice and Budgeting Services (MABS)

MABS Helpline:  0761 07 2000 (Monday-Friday, 9am - 8pm) 
Local MABS offices: Here   

MABS is a free and confidential service for people in debt or in danger of getting into debt. Advisers can give you advice and support on many money management and debt issues, and can also provide you with MABS self-help materials free of charge.


Public services

HSE

HSELive Callsave: 1850 241850 (Monday- Friday, 8am to 8pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm) 
HSELive email: hselive@hse.ie 
HSELive Live Chat: Here

Managing your and your family's health can be challenging and even confusing at times. It’s not always easy to know where to turn to for guidance or support when navigating the Irish public health system. The HSELive team is there to answer your questions, Mon-Fri 8am-8pm and Sat 10am-5pm.

Citizen's Information

Information Phone Service: 0761 07 4000 (Monday- Friday, 9am to 8pm) 

Provides comprehensive information on all aspects of public services and entitlements for citizens in Ireland.


Drug, alcohol and addiction support

Drugs.ie

Drugs.ie provides Ireland's only online interactive information and support chat service - the drugs.ie LiveHelp service. Drugs.ie also houses a national database of treatment & rehabilitation, information & support, counselling, education & training services.

AskAboutAlcohol.ie

HSE Alcohol Helpline: 1800 459 459

The HSE's AskAboutAlcohol website provides practical information about alcohol and your health. It includes resources and guidance for self-help and for parents, alcohol FAQs and a nationwide service finder.


Legal Aid & entitlements

Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC)

Information and referral line: 1890 350 250 (Monday- Thursday, 9am to 5:30pm and Friday, 9am to 5pm)

FLAC is an independent legal rights organisation offering basic legal information and advice to the public. FLAC offers first-stop legal information to the public via its telephone information and referral line.


Family and parent supports

One Family

Helpline: 01 6629212 (Helpline hours are listed on the One Family website here.)
Support email: support@onefamily.ie

One Family provides a national lo-call helpline service for all members of one-parent families and those who share parenting, their families and friends, and professionals working with them.

ReachOutParents.com

The ReachOutParents.com website provides reliable information for parents about supporting young people’s mental health and well-being.

Parentline

Helpline: LoCall 1890 927277 (Monday – Thursday, 10am to 9.30pm and Friday, 10am to 4.30pm)

Parentline provides a completely confidential helpline for parents and guardians, providing support, guidance and information on all aspects of being a parent.


Support for the elderly

SeniorLine

Freephone Helpline: 1800 804591 (Every day, 10am to 10pm)

SeniorLine is a confidential listening service for older people by trained older volunteers for the price of a local call anywhere in Ireland.