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Mental Health Services and Resources for Parents, Students and All

– April 2020 –

Support for Parents

Bernardos have just launched a dedicated telephone and email support service to provide advice to parents on a wide range of issues that may have come up during this time.

This service will be staffed by Barnardos project workers who are trained professionals. Some issues that parents may need support on include:

  • How to talk to your children about the corona virus
  • Setting a good routine
  • Managing children’s behaviours and sibling dynamics
  • Managing aggression and family discord
  • Home schooling/managing school expectations.
  • Fostering natural learning opportunities in the home
  • Healthy eating
  • Accessing fun and educational activities for families and individual children
  • Managing your child’s worries
  • Self-care for parents
  • Helping parents manage their own worries and anxieties
  • Managing children’s online activity

You can make contact with this service by phoning 1800 910 123 between 10.00am and 2.00pm Monday to Friday or by emailing

Support For Students

Jigsaw are hosting group support twice daily. You need to register at least three hours before at

Monday at 12: Managing stress

Monday at 4: Coping with feeling low

Tuesday at 2: Dealing with family conflict

Tuesday at 7: Managing feelings of isolation

Wednesday at 12: Staying positive

Wednesday at 4: Managing stress

Thursday at  2: Dealing with family conflict

Thursday at 7: Staying positive

Friday at 12: Coping with feeling low

Friday at 4: Managing feelings of isolation

Support for All


Free online counselling and online support groups for people over 18



Online counselling service

Visit or email


Mental health information and a Q&A service for young people, their parents and guardians, and those who work with young people.  Jigsaw also offer an online group chat service.



Shine are currently providing remote support and an outreach service to people experiencing mental health problems and their families and supporters by phone and email.

Visit or email

Suicide or Survive (SOS)

A series of free online wellness workshops and programmes are available from SOS

Visit for more information


Emotional support to anyone in distress or struggling to cope

Freephone 116 123 (any time, day or night)


Pieta House

Pieta House provides telephone and text-based support counselling for people who are suicidal or engaging in self-harm

Freephone 1800 247 247 (any time, day or night)

Text HELP to 51444 (standard message rates apply)

Telephone appointments will be provided to replace face to face appointments – contact your local Pieta House for details

Childline (ISPCC)

Ireland’s 24-hour national listening service for young people up to the age of 18

Freephone 1800 666 666 (any time, day or night)

Text 50101 (from 10am to 4pm every day)

Chat online at (from 10am to 4pm every day)

BeLonG To Text Support

BeLonG To provide support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI+) young people in Ireland

Text LGBTI+ to 086 1800 280 to can chat in confidence with a trained crisis volunteer (anytime day or night, standard SMS rates may apply)

While face to face services are closed, information, referral and advice will be provided digitally, by email, SMS, phone call or video conference


Aware Support Line

Information and support to anyone over 18 about issues relating to their own mood or the mood of a friend or family member, or who experiences depression or bipolar.

Freephone Support Line 1800 80 48 48 (from 10am to 10pm every day)

Support and self-care groups nationwide, are cancelled until further notice

Life Skills Online Programme continuing as normal

Email for services information and support

Crisis Text Line Ireland

A confidential messaging support service

Text TALK to 086 1800 280 (any time day or night, standard SMS rates may apply)

LGBT Ireland

Online support and through the helpline for LGBT+ people across Ireland

LGBT Helpline 1890 929 539 (every day)

Gender Identity Family Support Line 01 907 3707

Email for support or information while face to face services are closed

An instant messaging service is available 7 days a week, from 6:30pm to 10pm Mon – Thur, from 4pm to 10pm Fridays, and from 4pm to 6pm on Sat & Sun

Mental Health Ireland

Information and support for people who experience mental health difficulties

Information line (01) 284 1166 (from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday)

Visit or email for more information

GROW Mental Health Recovery

Information line 1890 474 474

Visit or email for more information, or while peer support groups are postponed

Exchange House Ireland National Traveller Mental Health Service

Telephone and online services and supports are available while face to face and group services have stopped

Call 01 8721094 (then press 1) for support, help or advice (from 9am to 5pm every day)

Visit for more information


Helpline 1890 200 444 (Monday, Wednesday and Sunday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm and Saturday from 10.30am to 12.30pm)

Visit for email for more information


Alone provide a COVID-19 support line for older people

Call 0818 222 024 (from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week)


The Alzheimer Society of Ireland

Practical information and emotional support or information on supports and services

Freephone 1800 341 341 (Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm) or email

Visit or for more information


Confidential listening service for older people provided by trained older volunteers

Call 1800 804 591 (lines are open every day from 10am to 10pm)

Visit for more information

Age Friendly Ireland

Age Friendly Ireland have a compiled a list of all Local Authority Community Response Forums, and their contact helpline numbers – these are available to support vulnerable members of communities affected by COVID-19 restrictions

Visit Age Friendly Ireland for more information

Mobile apps to support your mental health

These mobile apps can help you manage anxiety. They have been reviewed and approved for listing here, by a group in the HSE (Mental Health Apps Review Sub Group). The app developers are solely responsible for their app’s advertisement, compliance and fitness for purpose. Unless stated otherwise, apps are not supplied by the HSE, and the HSE is not liable for their use.

Mindshift (by Anxiety Canada)

A user-friendly self-help tool based on proven scientific strategies, MindShift CBT teaches about anxiety, helping users to engage in healthy thinking and to take action. Users check in each day to track their anxiety and work with tools in the app.

Clear Fear

Clear Fear is an app developed for teenage mental health charity Stem4 which uses the evidence-based treatment CBT to focus on learning to reduce the physical responses to threat by learning to breathe, relax and be mindful as well as changing thoughts and behaviours and releasing emotions. You can personalise the app if you so wish and you will be able to track your progress and notice change.


Headspace is a well-known mobile app that teaches meditation and easy to use mindfulness skills. Map your journey, track your progress, and reap rewards in your overall health and wellbeing. You can even ‘buddy up’ with friends and motivate each other along the way.