If you need to talk to someone, below are a number of helplines you can contact for confidential non-judgemental support.
Most helplines can provide a listening service, give information and advice, provide emotional support or point you in the direction of other services. They are often free-phone services which are staffed by trained volunteers or employees.
If you or someone you know is at risk of suicide or self-harm, you should make contact immediately with one of the following:
- Phone or go to your local doctor
- Go to the Accident & Emergency department of the nearest hospital
- Call 999
If you are concerned that you or a family member/friend have a mental health problem you should seek the advice and support of your GP.
For Further Support Contact The Samaritans
Samaritans is a unique charity dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation and disconnection that can lead to suicide. Every six seconds they respond to a call for help. They’re there 24/7, before, during and after a crisis and they make sure there’s always someone there, for anyone who needs someone.
Depression & Bipolar Disorder Support
Tel: Freephone 1800 80 48 48 (available 7 days, 10am-10pm).
Free therapeutic support to people who are in suicidal distress and those who engage in self-harm.
T: 1800 247 247
They offer self-help, peer support and professional support through an online platform for those who are experiencing poor mental health.
Mental Health support and Recovery Organisation
Tel: 0818 474474
Eating Disorders Associations of Ireland
Irish Advocacy Network
Peer advocacy, support and information to people with mental health difficulties.
Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
List of registered Counsellors & Psychotherapists practicing in Ireland
Tel: 01 230 3536
Supporting people effected by mental ill health and their families through information and education.
A 24 hour helpline for people under the age of 18 who need support.
Helpline: 1800 66 66 66
Freetext – 50101
The national helpline for parents
Helpline: 1890 92 72 77
or 01 873 3500
Confidential information, support and understanding to women who are being abused by current or former boyfriends, partners or husbands.
Aoibhneas Women and Children’s Refuge
Domestic Abuse Support for Women and Children
01 867 0701
Freetext – 50101
The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre
For people who have experienced sexual assult, rape or childhood sexual abuse.
National 24 Hour Helpline:
1800 77 88 88
National support service for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people and their families and friends.
Helpline: 1890 929 539
Mental Health Services
Your family doctor is usually the first person to approach in relation to mental health concerns. Many people attend their General Practitioner (GP) with mental health problems such as depression or anxiety and may not need the help of a mental health professional. In other cases the GP may decide to refer you to the community mental health team. In an emergency situation, when your GP is not available, you may access the Mental Health Services through the accident and emergency department in your local hospital.