There is no denying that 2020 has been difficult for everyone and who knows what the rest of 2021 has in store for us. On top of that, going in and out of lockdowns every few weeks is not helping people’s mental health either. To add to all of this, with the extension of another full Level 5 Covid-19 lockdown now underway, it is safe to say that this will be a challenging time for many. We have compiled a list of some of the most helpful support lines in the county to help you with issues that that may effect you both during the lockdown, and into the future.
Samaritans: 116 123
- Samaritans is not only for the moment of crisis, they’re taking action to prevent the crisis.
- They give people ways to cope and the skills to be there for others. And they encourage, promote and celebrate those moments of connection between people that can save lives.
- They offer listening and support to people and communities in times of need.
- That’s why they work tirelessly to reach more people and make suicide prevention a priority.
Dublin Rape Crisis Centre: 1800 77 8888
- The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre has worked to prevent the harm and heal the trauma of sexual violence. They work with people who have experienced sexual assault, rape or childhood sexual abuse.
- They offer a safe and confidential space and a person-centered, empowerment approach in all of their contact with clients.
Childline: 1800 666 666
- Childline is Ireland’s 24-hour national listening service for all children and young people (under the age of 18) in Ireland.
- It is private, confidential and non-judgemental and can be contacted for free from anywhere in Ireland.
- Children contact Childline to talk about any issue on their mind. Some children who contact Childline may feel upset, or isolated, while others simply contact Childline to chat about their day or share their hopes and dreams.
- If you do not feel comfortable calling, you can text 50101 or chat online on the Childline website.
Women’s Aid: 1800 341 900
- Women’s Aid is a leading national organisation that has been working in Ireland to stop domestic violence against women and children since 1974.
- They work to make women and children safe from domestic violence, offer support, provide hope to women affected by abuse and work for justice and social change
Aware: 1800 804 848
- Aware provides free support, education and information services for people impacted by depression and bipolar disorder, as well as their loved ones.
Age Action: 1890 369369
- Their services and programmes will support older people and their families to live full and independent lives and they will endeavour to ensure these services and supports are models of good practice.
Pieta House: 1800 247 247
- Everything is free of charge and their staff are fully qualified, providing a professional one-to-one therapeutic service for people who are experiencing suicidal ideation, people who have attempted suicide and people who are engaging in self-harm. A doctor’s referral or a psychiatric report is not required.
- You can also get in touch with Pieta House by texting 51444 (standard charges apply) or calling 0818 111 126
Men’s Aid: 01 5543811
- Men’s Aid Ireland is the only dedicated national service supporting men and their families experiencing Domestic Violence in Ireland.
- Their professional and qualified support team have years of experience in supporting men and families experiencing domestic abuse.
Alcoholics Anonymous: 01 8420700
- Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
- The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership.
Jigsaw: 01 472 7010
- Jigsaw are a team of supporters, professionals and volunteers who are passionate about supporting young people’s mental health.
- They offer a listening ear, and give expert advice and support to young people aged 12 – 25 years-old.
- They have a wide range of information and resources in the area of youth mental health.
Alone: 0818 222 024
- Alone work with older people who are socially isolated, homeless, living in poverty or crisis and we support them to age at home.
- They provide direct support to hundreds of older people every week through their four main services – Support Coordination, Befriending, Housing with Support, and Campaigns for Change
- Text50808.ie is a free 24/7 text service, providing everything from a calming chat to immediate support for people going through a mental health or emotional crisis – big or small.
- From breakups or bullying, to anxiety, depression and suicidal feelings, Crisis Volunteers are available 24/7 for anonymous text conversations. Their aim is to provide immediate support in the short term and connect people to resources that will help them in the future.
- Simply free text 50808 for help and for more information go to www.text50808.ie
The Society of Survivors: 085 806 9925
- The Society of Survivors (SOS) helplines are open from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm every Monday to Friday.
- SOS provides a listening and support service to people who may be isolated and lonely at home and wish to speak about their experience of institutional abuse.
- You can also get in touch with SOS by calling 085 806 9926.
Dublin Rape Crisis Centre:
☎️1800 77 8888
☎️1800 666 666
☎️1800 341 900
☎️1800 804 848
☎️1800 247 247
— TG4TV (@TG4TV) December 31, 2020