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Thursday, October 08, 2015

Immediate Help

If you are worried that you or someone you know is at risk you should immediately contact your local doctor or go to the Accident and Emergency department of the nearest hospital. Here is a helpful link from mindyourmentalhealth with HSE online services and GP out of hours details. 

Or you can contact the numbers below for immediate assistance.


The Samaritans Free phone number 116 123

  • If you need to talk to someone now about your mental health or if you are worried about someone else please call The Samaritans on their Free Phone number 116 123 for confidential, non-judgemental support 24 hours a day.

Childline – Free phone number 1800 66 66 66 or text Talk to 50101

  • This 24-hour service is 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.

Console 24/7 suicide helpline: 1800 247 247

  • 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.

Text Someone

  • Heads Up – Text Headsup to 50424
  • TeenLine – Text Teen to 50015 Ope every evening from 8pm – 11pm and on Wednesdays from 4pm – 11pm.
  • Childline – Text Talk to 50101 any time.

Need support?

If you need to talk to someone here are a number of helplines you can contact for confidential non-judgemental support.

Remember, if 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.

Mental Health

Aware HELPLINE PHONE: 1890 303302

  • Supports those who are directly affected by depression.
  • Aware operates a helpline from 10am to 10pm Monday to Wednesday and10am to 1am Thursday 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 of Ireland) 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 appropriate. 
  • Bodywhys also offers support groups, an online support group and email support.

Childline 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.


  • OutReach is for 12 to 25 year olds and offer impartial, accredited information on anything that could affect one's mental health, as well as information on the various services available.
  • Site users can also write in for advice on any topic and their trained moderators advise them.
  • They also have a section specifically for care providers of children.

Teen-Line Ireland FREEPHONE: 1800-833-634

  • TeenlineIrelandis a national helpline for teenagers. Teen-Line provides a listening and support service
  • Open every evening from 8pm – 11pm and on Wednesdays from 4pm – 11pm.

Shine (Supporting People Affected by Mental Ill Health) HELPLINE PHONE: 1890 621631

  • Shine runs a confidential helpline open from 9am to 4pm, Mon-Fri
  • Or you can email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • 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. 

GROW Infoline: 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.

RECOVERY International Ireland PHONE: 01 6260775

  • Recovery International is a self-help after care group.
  • It offers The Recovery Method of Will Training for improved mental health and for control of nervous symptoms.

Contact NI PHONE: 0808 808 8000

  • Contact NI provides counselling to people in Northern Ireland, believing that all people have the right to free and confidential counselling.


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.


Support for Parents

Parentline Ph. 1890 927 277

  • Parentline is a completely confidential helpline for parents and guardians of children of all ages.

Abuse, Domestic Violence & Rape

Amen HELPLINE: 046 902 3718 

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

Aoibhneas HELPLINE: 01-8670701

  • Provide facilities, professional help and a free professional counselling service to women and men suffering violence in the home.

Children at risk in Ireland "CARI" HELPLINE: 1890-92 45 67

  • CARI provides therapy and support for children, young people and families who have been affected by child sexual abuse.

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre FREEPHONE: 1800 77 88 88

  • Offer a confidential, 24-hour telephone helpline, 7 days a week staffed by trained counsellors who are available to listen to you and any concerns you may have in regard to issues of rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment or childhood sexual abuse.

Women's Aid FREEPHONE: 1800 341 900

  • The Women's Aid National Freephone Helpline offers confidential information, advice, support and understanding to women who are being physically, sexually or mentally abused in their own homes.


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. 

Mental Health Ireland is not a crisis support service and this website is an information and signposting resource.

If you, or someone you know, needs support, someone to talk to or is in crisis; please see our 'Help' section.

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