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This has never been so important as during these very challenging times. I am grateful for Martin Jones from Sligo and Leitrim Mental Health Services for this list of contact details for organisations that can help in a range of different circumstances:
Samaritans emphasize that they are a listening service. They will take a call from anyone who is worried, no matter how big or small that worry is. You don’t have to be suicidal to benefit from their support. They have the time to listen in a non-judgmental way. They give the person time and space to let them figure out what is needed.
Emotional support to anyone in distress or struggling to cope
Freephone 116 123 (any time, day or night)
Crisis Text Line Ireland
A confidential messaging support service; Crisis Text Line is a new messaging support service is available to listen to people going through a tough time 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It provides in-the-moment anonymous support and problem solving when you need it most. Talking about how we feel can be difficult, especially at those times we most need to get something off our chest. Crisis Text Line offers an alternative for when we can’t use our voice. Crisis Text Line is accessible, anonymous, non-judgmental - and available by text. So if you can’t talk Text YMH to 086 1800 280 (any time day or night, standard SMS rates may apply
National Drug & Alcohol Helpline Freephone 1800 459 459
- HSE Drugs & Alcohol Helpline This confidential service has both a freephone Helpline (1800 459 459) and an email support service (firstname.lastname@example.org).The HSE Drugs & Alcohol Helpline provides support, information, guidance and referral to anyone with a question or concern related to drug and alcohol use and/or HIV and sexual health.
HSE Alcohol & Substance Misuse Counselling Service (Sligo / Leitrim/ Sth Donegal / West Cavan) 071 91 43316
North West Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force 071 915 1520
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
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 email@example.com for services information and support
talk about it, text about it. Text YMH to 086 1800 280 to connect with a trained volunteer right now (Standard SMS rates may apply).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Other Supports: (all available on https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/4/mental-health-services/connecting-for-life/news/supports-and-services-during-covid-19.html)
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 www.childline.ie (from 10am to 4pm every day)
Free online counselling and online support groups for people over 18
Online counselling service
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.
Support for people with mental ill health. Shine also are currently providing remote support and an outreach service to people who use Shine services by phone and email.
Bodywhys Online Support
Support for people who are affected by eating disorders including for friends and families. Online support groups are continuing as normal.
Alone provide a COVID-19 support line for older people
Telephone 0818 222 024 (from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday)
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
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)
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