Getting Information

Helplines and websites

You might find these helplines and websites useful:

Helplines

Most helplines provide an information service as well as emotional support.

  • Call the Samaritans 24 hour emotional support helpline on 116 123 or email them at jo@samaritans.org
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention 24 hour Freephone Helpline operated by Pieta House on 1800 247 247
  • Call Aware‘s Support Line on 1890 303 302 Monday – Sunday, 10am to 10pm or email them at supportmail@aware.ie
  • Call Shine’s information helpline on 1890 621 631 or email them at phil@shineonline.ie
  • Call the Bodywhys helpline on 1890 200 444 – check out the helpline’s opening hours here
  • St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services has a Support and Information Service staffed by experienced mental health nurses, which you can contact by phone on 01 2493333 or email at info@stpatsmail.com, Monday – Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm, with an out of hours call back service. There is also a drop-in information centre.
  • The Alzheimer Society of Ireland has a national helpline which is available Mon-Fri 10.00-17.00 and Sat 10.00-16.00 by phoning the free and confidential number 1800 341 341  
  • The Huntington’s Disease Association of Ireland has a freephone helpline for families. Phone 1800 393939
  • Inclusion Ireland provides an information and advice service to people with an intellectual disability. Phone 01 8559891 

Websites

  • The Health Service Executive (HSE) website www.yourmentalhealth.ie has general information on mental health and well being, as well as podcasts, information on wellness workshops, and a directory of services and supports around the country.
  • If you are a young person, or you are worried about someone, visit www.spunout.ie  for information and non-judgmental advice for teenagers and young adults aged between 16 and 25.
  • The Irish National Council of AD/HD Support Groups website has information for adults with AD/HD and parents of children with AD/HD.
  • Cairde has developed the website Health Facts, which aims to provide culturally appropriate information about health and health services in Ireland to people from ethnic minorities.
  • Exchange House runs the National Traveller Suicide Awareness Project. Their website has information on the project, which aims to work with Travellers to reduce the suicide rate within their community.
  • The Irish Refugee Council‘s website includes details of their Information and Referral Service for those who need help or guidance about the asylum process.
  • GLEN (the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network)‘s website includes information on their work to prevent LGBT suicide and promote LGBT mental health. They do this by increasing awareness of LGBT mental health issues, supporting mainstream services to be more LGBT-friendly, providing professionals with resources and training, and establishing targeted supports for LGBT people. The LGBT Helpline 1890 929 539 provides listening and support to LGBT people and those coming out or questioning their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Mental health information and supports for LGBT people can be found at www.lgbtmentalhealth.ie.
  • DeafHear‘s website includes information on their DeafMind mental health service for people who are deaf and hard of hearing.
  • The Irish Penal Reform Trust‘s website provides information about prisoners’ rights and the rights of children and families of prisoners.
  • The Children’s Rights Alliance website contains submissions, reports and briefing papers on the effectiveness of Government policies, legislation and practices on the lives of children in Ireland, including information on mental health services.
  • Amnesty International Ireland‘s website contains reports and submissions on mental health policy, law and discrimination.
  • The Alzheimer Society website has information on dementia, services and supports for people with dementia, their families/carers. It also provides information for Healthcare Professionals.  A section on Brain Health has the aim of reducing the risk of developing Alzheimers/dementia and for maintaining ongoing brain health.