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Aiséirí provides evidence-based detoxification, treatment and rehabilitation programmes for adults and adolescents suffering from addiction in their four locations in the South East:

  • Cahir, Co Tipperary
  • Roxborough, Co. Wexford
  • Ballybeg, Co Waterford
  • Ballyragget, Co Kilkenny

They also run a family support programme.

Costs applies. 




Aware provide support, information and training, online and in person, to people over 18 years who are experiencing depression, anxiety and related conditions. It also provides support to families and friends of people with a life experience of depression or bipolar disorder.  Its services include:

BeLonG To

BeLonG To is the national organisation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) young people aged 14-24 years.

It offers peer as well as 1-1 support (by appointment). For details of a support group near you check their website.

It provides counselling in their Dublin centre (Parliament Street) to LGBT young people with suicide ideation or self-harm issues.


Bodywhys is the national voluntary organisation supporting people affected by eating disorders.  It's mission is also to ensure support, awareness and understanding of eating disorders among the wider community. Their services include:


While the main focus of the service is to work with disadvantaged young people their Youth Information Service is for all young people in Co. Wicklow. They are based in two locations in Bray (Herbert Rd and Adelaide Rd) and runs a number of targeted projects around the county. The Seomra Youth Centre provides drop-in and some group work (2nd level up to age 21). They also run an LGBT support group (13-18years). Some of their other activities include Adventure Sports Projects, Drugs Education, Garda Youth Diversion Projects and MindOut.


CARI provides a Lo-call HELPLINE for professionals and parents seeking advice on support and counselling services that are available for children who have been sexually abused.  Child & Adolescent Therapy is also available and, using a sliding scale cost system, payment depending on peoples circumstances.


Carlow Regional Youth Services (CRYS) is a local voluntary service affiliated to Youth Work Ireland and works with young people aged from 8 to 23 years.


It provides a variety of programmes and services to young people at risk and works to advocate on their behalf.  Mental health promotion filters through much of their work.  Some of the related services they provide are:



The Congress Information and Opportunities Centre provide space for delivery of a suicide support programme "Solas".  It provides group support for those whose lives have been affected by suicide.

  • Suitable for people aged 16 years and older
  • Meetings take place one Saturday each month
  • Meetings are free of charge

For information contact Johanna Treacy on 086 082 9907



Cura offers support for parents of a new baby, a planned pregnancy, an unplanned pregnancy and counselling after an abortion.  The service is available to women and men


To speak to someone about drugs or alcohol contact the Freephone HELPLINE, from 10 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday.  Also available is an online live chat service to answer your questions related to drugs and alcohol misuse/abuse. It is a confidential and free service.

You can also search the website to find information about the wide range of drug and alcohol services throughout the country.  This includes counselling, education and training, information and support as well as treatment and rehabilitation.


Empowering People in Care (EPIC) is an independent association that works throughout the Republic of Ireland, with and for children  and young people who are currently living in care or who have had an experience of living in care.

Their role is to:


Exchange House Ireland, National Travellers Service is the largest Traveller specific front-line service provider in the country. These services include family support and crisis intervention, children and young people's service and an education and training service. They provide counselling to those 18 years and older in Exchange house and other locations around the country. They also provide training courses for agencies including Best Practice in Traveller Youth Work and an introduction to the Traveller community.


As well as working with young people across the country through their many clubs and youth projects a number of Foróige's programmes are available to young people who are not memebers of the organisation but who are involved in alternative youth organisations. These courses include Be Healthy Be Happy (looks at physical, mental, social and spiritual health), Leadership for Life and Real U (sexuality), Big Brother Big Sister and an Entrepreneurial course . Check for details. Cost involved.


They run a number of services for the LGBT community, their family and friends including:

  • A  Helpline - 01 872 1055 
  • Online chat service
  • Email support
  • Drop-in service

Check their website for opening hours



Grow is an organisation which helps people who have suffered, or are suffering, from a mental health problem.  Members are helped recover from mental illness or prevent it happening. 

  • The organisations' main strength is the support its members give each other. 
  • Some youth specific groups take place for people aged 18 to 30 years of age. 

Check their website or contact their information line for details of a Grow meeting near you.




Involve delivers a wide range of programmes for young Travellers through their six centres across Ireland. Mental health promotion work is woven through these programmes. For information on an Involve centre near you email or phone Involve.


The Sudden Infant Death Association provides support to all family members who have lost a child up to 12 years of age. Their services include:

Crisis Intervention: When FirstLight is notified of the death of a child through their hot-line and if the parents’ consent, their support services coordinator contacts the parents to support them through the following days.


Jigsaw, The National Centre for Youth Mental Health, supports young people with their mental health through early intervention.

Their local Jigsaw Services provide a safe and confidential space that young people (aged 12-25) can visit for free one-to-one support from a mental health professional. 




They provide a free service for young people aged 14 to 25 years old, from Limerick City and County, who are in need of support for mental health and wellbeing.  Guardian consent is sought for under 18s. 


  • One to one counselling
  • One to one support with a mental health worker
  • Parental support and advice 
  • Supporting youth groups in promotion of positive mental health


How the service works      

Macra na Feirme

Macra are a youth organsisation for young people from the farming community, aged 17-35 years. They promote positive mental health through their activities and programmes. They also signpost people to relevant services as the need arises.


Mental Health Ireland is a national voluntary organisation. Its aim is to promote positive mental health and wellbeing to all individuals and communities in Ireland.

They have a network of 92 Mental Health Associations throughout the country, all led by volunteers.


Beaumont Hospital provides an online resource to help you learn how and why to practice relaxation and mindfulness exercises.  Relaxation and mindfulness training are helpful for managing stress as well as helping people cope with physical illness and ongoing medical treatment.  The exercises are recorded by people working in the hospital with the goal of helping you feel better.




Mindspace Mayo is a free and confidential support service to promote young people’s mental health and wellbeing. It does this by supporting young people (15-25 years) with emerging mental health difficulties through early and brief intervention (e.g. 1-6 sessions).

  • Their base is in Castlebar but they run an outreach service in Belmullet and Ballina

For more details on who is suitable for the programme check the referral form on their website.


Exchange House Ireland provides Traveller specific, professional, front-line family support, crisis intervention, education and training for children and young people in Ireland.

Working in the area of mental health to engage Traveller’s (aged 18 years and older) in conversations about mental health and suicide prevention through group work and to signpost them to other services available through Exchange House are:

Patricia McKeever: / 087 792 5387


The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) is the representative body for around 50 national voluntary youth work organisations in Ireland. It represents and supports their interests and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.

Their work is based on the core values of equity, volunteerism, pro-activity, interdependence, quality and representation. Some of its areas of work include child protection, interculturalism, equality and health.

The National Youth Health Programme (NYHP)


North West Clare Family Resource Centre works with the local community to support their needs as identified by the community itself.  Some of the services it provides are:

  • Counselling: for adolescents and adults
  • Rainbows programme: supports children and young people who are affected by death of a close family member, separation or divorce
  • Parents Plus Programmes: This programme supports families to communicate effectively, to overcome emotional and behavioural problems and to create enjoyable family relationships.

PIETA HOUSE HELPLINE and other supports

A Free Phone HELPLINE is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week..  It provides support to people who are suicidal and those self-harming. A Text Line is also available.

Pieta House also provides a range of other services including training programmes, information for people supporting someone who is suicidal or self-harming.  They have an extensive bereavement service around the country.  For more information check their website


The 12-14 week Rainbows programme supports children and young people up to 18 years of age affected by loss because of bereavement, separation or divorce. The service is available in local communities throughout Ireland. Check their website for a location near you. The service is free.


Reachout provides a web-based service that helps young people get through tough times by providing good information on mental health and related issues. It also signposts them to formal and informal supports. People have an opportunity to ask questions and leave comments which trained staff  or volunteers review and respond to. It also provides information to parents on youth mental health on


The Samaritans provide a Freephone Helpline which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Freephone Helpline number: 116 123

Callers get a chance to talk through their concerns, worries and troubles.  Most people who call are not suicidal.

Callers must be aged 18 years and older.


Shine is the national organisation that addresses the rights and needs of people, 18 years and older, who are affected by mental ill health.

Their services include:


Offer a 12 week Rainbows Programme for children between the ages of 5 to 12 suffering from the bereavement of a loved one or a loss through seperation or divorce.

Free of charge.


SOSAD supports people with depression, thoughts of suicide and those bereaved by suicide.  Their services include:

  • Emergency phone line: A trained suicide intervention officer is available 24 hours a day every day of the year. The contact number is 049 432 6339 / 083 423 9090
  • Counselling: People from 15 years of age upwards can be seen by their team of counsellors.  You can self-refer or be referred by another person. 
  • Walk-in services: check their website for their opening hours.



SOSAD supports people with depression, thoughts of suicide and those bereaved by suicide.  Their services include:

  • Emergency phone line: A trained suicide intervention officer is available 24 hours a day every day of the year. The contact number is 041 984 8754
  • Counselling: People from 15 years of age upwards can be seen by their team of counsellors.  You can self-refer or be referred by another person. 
  • Walk-in services: Check their website for their opening hours.

SPUN OUT – a source of information and a voice for young people aged 16 to 25 years. is Ireland’s youth information website created by young people, for young people.  They work so that Ireland is a place where young people aged between 16 and 25 have the information they need to enable them live active, happy, and healthy lives.   Other things they are involved in include:


The Pieta House Suicide Bereavement Liaison Officer will meet with families bereaved by suicide, at their request, as a group or individually. You can contact the Liaison Officer yourself by phone, email or post. 

Conversation can include questions about some of the difficult practical issues following a death by suicide.

This is a free service

For information about this services and other services provided by Pieta House check their website



Suicide or Survive (SOS)

SOS endeavours to challenge the stigma attached to mental illness and provide a range of educational and therapeutic programmes that increase understanding of suicide and play an active role in its prevention in Ireland. Check their website or phone them for course details. Cost applies.


The SupportMe website provides information and contact details for services in the West of Ireland areas of Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.  It includes a child and youth section and a mental health services section.


Teen-Line Ireland listens to young people who feel they have no-one to talk to or who don’t want to talk to someone they know.


It is a free-phone and free text service for teenagers open seven days a week from 8pm to 11pm.


  • Freephone 1800 833 634
  • Text “TEEN” to 50015



The Blue Box Creative Learning Centre works with schools and families in Limerick City and environs. It provides a safe space with trained Creative Arts Therapists who deliver a professional service.  They use art, music, dance and play to deliver their programmes. Their work with children who need support at school or home helps guide them through difficult times.


The Irish Aftercare Network provides a forum for aftercare professionals to support each other in the delivery and development of services for care leavers. The Forum wanted to promote the development of good practice and quality services for young care leavers nationally in line with relevant legislation, national, international and local policies and research findings.

Youth workers working with young people who have left care will get support and information from the Network.


TENI seeks to improve conditions and advance the rights and equality of trans people and their families. It also works to support them in all areas of their life.

Their Family Support and Education Officer support this work by 

  • Advocating on behalf of the community.
  • Delivering training to increase awareness, understanding and inclusion of trans issues across Ireland. To request training email them.


Turas Le Cheile offer support to those at risk of suicide and also concerned individuals dealing with someone at risk of suicide.

One to one bereavement support is available to under 18s with the consent of a parent/guardian.

They also provide Psychological First Aid responses following any critical incident (usually involving loss of life).

Phone is attended Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. An answering machine will be on outside these hours.


Turn2Me provides an online three tiered approach to supporting mental well-being to people aged 18 years and over.

It includes:

  • An online Self Help programme
  • Peer Support through online support groups
  • Professional Support in the form of free online counselling.

This online counselling service is free to residents in Ireland.

Wicklow County Directory

The online Wicklow Community Directory is a community-led initiative. 

  • It gives information on Wellbeing and Mental Health supports and services in County Wicklow. 
  • It also gives information on a wide range of groups, clubs and agencies who offer activities, services and supports across the whole of the county.  


Youth Work Ireland Galway/Roscommon delivers an integrated youth service model to young people whereby they can avail of a whole range of service and supports.  Included in this is free and confidential  counselling and pyschotherapy for young people between the ages of 12 to 25.


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