We hope you and your families are safe and well.
The Coping with Covid part of our website is to provide parents with various tools to help you navigate these unchartered times.
Supporting our mental health to enable us to cope with the challenges unfolding is vitally important. There are a range of services which are available to provide that support.
It is important to remember that although drop in services may have closed, support is available for you and your child across a range of services via text, phone call and online services.
We include links to services below should you need access to any of them.
Updates to this part of our website will be provided to enable you to access different tools you may find of help to assist you and your sons and daughters through the coming weeks.
Webinar on Coping with Parenting in Challenging Times
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Free Recreational & Well-being Apps.
This link will give a list of services across Education, Wellbeing , Music, Health, Leisure and many additional areas that are free of charge for you and your child to access the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We hope you and your families are all safe and well.
Mental Health supports and services during COVID-19
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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.
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.
Wellbeing in Times of Uncertainty
Please see link below to provide you with guided help from Joanne Hanrahan, psychotherapist , to support you during these times
Online counselling and supports
- Free online counselling and online support groups for people over 18
- Visit turn2me.org
- 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.
- Jigsaw, a service which supports positive mental health in young people have produced a guide to help decrease anxiety and encourage positivity during this crisis.Please see links below to provide you with assistance.https://www.independent.ie/storyplus/take-the-pressure-off-jigsaw-provides-expert-advice-on-how-to-support-your-teenagers-mental-health-during-covid-19-39086645.html
- Visit jigsawonline.ie
- 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.
- Visit shine.ieor email email@example.com
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 bodywhys.ieor email firstname.lastname@example.org
Suicide or Survive (SOS)
- A series of free online wellness workshops and programmes are available from SOS
- Visit Suicide or Survivefor 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 alone.ie
- Emotional support to anyone in distress or struggling to cope
- Freephone 116 123(any time, day or night)
- 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 Housefor details
- 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 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 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)
- Support and self-care groups nationwide, are cancelled until further notice
- Life Skills Online Programmecontinuing as normal
- Email email@example.com services information and support
Crisis Text Line Ireland
- A confidential messaging support service
- Text TALKto 086 1800 280 (any time day or night, 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 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 mentalhealthireland.ieor email email@example.com for more information
GROW Mental Health Recovery
- Information line 1890 474 474
- Visit grow.ieor email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Monday to Friday)
- Visit exchangehouse.iefor 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 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.
More online supports
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).