Mental Health Services & Supports

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Please find a list below of counselling and mental health supports below, circulated by the HSE.

Other support services in Meath include:

  • St Vincent de Paul Helpline: 1800 677 777 Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5pm. Email: info.northeast@svp.ie
  • FirstLight family bereavement support: 24/7 support number is 1850 391 391 website is www.firstlight.ie



Dear Colleagues,

The spread of coronavirus is a new and challenging event. Some people might find it more worrying than others and may need some extra support. There are many things you can do to mind your mental health during times like this. Read more about minding your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak. The following list of national and local supports and resources are available for now.

Online counselling and supports

While it may not be possible to get face to face appointments there are a number of service providers that offer online and phone mental health supports and services. These include online counselling, phone and text services as well as online supports which can be found on www.yourmentalhealth.ie. The YourMentalHealth.ie website provides information and signposting on all mental health supports and services that are available nationally & locally provided by the HSE and its funded partners. You can also call the freephone YourMentalHealth Information Line to find supports and services 1800 111 888 (any time, day or night).

Turn2Me Free online counselling and online support groups for people over 18 Visit www.turn2me.org

MyMind Online counselling service Visit www.mymind.org or email hq@mymind.org

Jigsaw 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. Visit www.jigsawonline.ie

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 www.shine.ie/covid-19 or email phil@shine.ie

Bodywhys Online Support Support for people who are affected by eating disorders including for friends and families. Online support groups are continuing as normal. Visit www.bodywhys.ie or email alex@bodywhys.ie

Suicide or Survive (SOS) A series of free online wellness workshops and programmes are available from SOS Visit Suicide or Survive for more information


Phone, email and text supports

Alone provide a COVID-19 support line for older people Telephone 0818 222 024 (from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday) Visit www.alone.ie

Samaritans Emotional support to anyone in distress or struggling to cope Freephone 116 123 (any time, day or night) Email jo@samaritans.ie

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)

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 www.childline.ie (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 Visit www.belongto.org

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)


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 info@lgbt.ie 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 www.mentalhealthireland.ie or email info@mentalhealthireland.ie for more information

GROW Mental Health Recovery Information line 1890 474 474 Visit www.grow.ie or email info@grow.ie 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)


Bodywhys Helpline 1890 200 444 (Monday, Wednesday and Sunday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm and Saturday from 10.30am to 12.30pm) Visit www.bodywhys.ie for email alex@bodywhys.ie 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.


Local Supports & Resources

Suicide Bereavement Liaison Service

For those who may be grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide, the Suicide Bereavement Liaison Service (in conjunction with Pieta House) is available to provide practical help and support.


Midlands Living Links

Midlands Living Links also provide a support and listening service to those who have been bereaved by suicide in counties Longford, Westmeath, Laois and Offaly.  The Support Co-Ordinator is Rita Madden and she can be contacted on 086-1600641.


The HSE Resource Office for Suicide Prevention (Longford/Westmeath) provides a range of information, resources, training and support in order to build the capacity of individuals, organisations and communities – both large and small – to prevent and respond to suicide and self-harm. The following resources are available either online or by request. For further information on any of these please contact Eddie Ward HSE Resource Office for Suicide Prevention (Longford/Westmeath) on(086) 380-1152 or by email: eddie.ward@hse.ie

The following resources are available upon request from the Resource Office for Suicide Prevention. They can be sent upon request either by email or hardcopy:


  • Emergency/Crisis numbers Longford/Westmeath & Louth/Meath – This poster, compiled by the HSE Resource Office for Suicide Prevention provides key Emergency/Crisis numbers for those who may be or know someone who is feeling low or distressed


  • HSE Resource Office for Suicide Prevention Longford & Westmeath Help & Support Information Cards – These wallet sized cards provide details of support and information resources available in counties Longford and Westmeath


  • HSE Responding to a person in suicidal distress Guidance Document – This Guidance document aims to support staff and volunteers working in public facing roles to interact with people who present or contact the service in distress or at risk of suicide and self-harm


  • HSE Resource Office for Suicide Prevention – Longford/Westmeath Resource Directory – This directory provides information on a range of personal and community services available at national level and within counties Longford & Westmeath


Further Information


For further information on suicide prevention in counties Longford, Westmeath, Louth and Meath please contact

Eddie Ward
HSE Resource Office for Suicide Prevention | Midlands Louth Meath|The Health Centre |

Dublin Road | Longford N39KR23.

Tel: (086) 380-1152  E-mail: eddie.ward@hse.ie


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