Ten tips for positive mental health

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Where To Get Help


Alcohol Action Ireland,
providing information on alcohol-related issues, creating awareness of alcohol-related harm and offering potential policy solutions for reducing that harm.
Butler Court, 25 Gt Strand Street, Rear, Dublin 1,
Tel: 01 8780610

Alcoholics Anonymous Ireland
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.

Irish Association of Alcohol and Addiction Counsellors
84 Drumcondra Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.
Tel: 01 7979187
Email: info@iaac.org

Tel: 01 611 4811
Email: info@drinkaware.ie

The Hanly Centre
is a registered Irish charity committed to breaking the cycle of alcohol-related harm and the long-term effects of family-of-origin adversity.

Gamblers Anonymous (G.A.)
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 a gambling problem.

Ana Liffey Drug Project
is a 'Low Threshold - Harm Reduction' drug project based in North Inner City Dublin.
Ana Liffey Drug Project, 48 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1
Tel: 01 878 6899 | Fax: 01 878 6828
Email: info@aldp.ie



Irish Advocacy Network
provides a Peer Advocacy Service through information, and support for those who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health and well being.

Changing how Ireland thinks about young people's mental health though Jigsaw,Research and Advocacy
16, Westland Square Pearse Street Dublin 2
Tel. 01 4727010
email info@headstrong.ie

is an independent human rights organisation dedicated to the realisation of equal access to justice for all. To this end it campaigns on a range of legal issues but also offers some basic, free legal services to the public.
Free Legal Advice Centres, 13 Lower Dorset Street, Dublin 1
Information & Referral Line: 1890 350 250
Tel: +353 1 8745690, Fax: +353 1 8745320

The Citizens Information Board
is the statutory body which supports the provision of information, advice and advocacy on a broad range of public and social services.
Tel: 1890 777 121

Mental Health Reform’s
goal is an Ireland where people with mental health difficulties can recover their good health and live their lives to the fullest. Mental Health Reform promotes improved and prioritised mental health services in Ireland.
Mental Health Reform, 6-9 Trinity Street, Dublin 2
Phone: 01 6121422
Email info@mentalhealthreform.ie

Mental Health Commission
promotes high standards in the delivery of mental health services and ensures the interests of those involuntarily admitted to Approved Centres are protected.
St Martin's House, Waterloo Road, Dublin 4
Ph: +353 (1) 636 2400, Fax: +353 (1) 636 2440
Email: info@mhcirl.ie


The Alzheimer Society of Ireland
is a national organisation providing services and support to those with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia and their carers.
National Helpline 1800 341 341

The Carers Association
is Ireland's national voluntary organisation for and of family carers in the home.
The Carers Association National Office, Market Square, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
Tel: 057 9322920 Fax: 057 9323623
Email: info@carersireland.com

Anxiety / Panic Attacks / OCD

No Panic
aims are to aid the relief and rehabilitation of those people suffering from Panic Attacks, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and other related Anxiety Disorders and to provide support to sufferers and their families and or carers.

Social Anxiety Ireland
is a programme offered by the Adult Psychological Service within the Mater Hospital. The programme is held every Wednesday evening between 6pm and 8.30pm - within the Adult Psychological Department – in 63 Eccles Street, Dublin 7. The programme, which largely adopts a cognitive behavioural model, is conducted over fourteen weeks.

OANDA (Out and About Association)
is a national self-help organisation for sufferers of agoraphobia and panic attacks and their families .
Tel: (01) 833 8252/833 8253
Email: oandamartinamce@eircom.net


Anam Cara - Parental & Sibling Bereavement Support
HCL House, Second Avenue, Cookstown Industrial Estate, Tallaght, Dublin 24
Email: info@anamcara.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1 4045 378, 085 2888888

Bernardos Child Bereavement Support Tel: 01 4732110
Console National Helpline Tel: 1800 201890
Midlands Living Links (Suicide Bereavement Support Service) Tel: 086b1600641
Rainbows Child Bereavement Support www.rainbowsireland.com

Bethany Pastoral and Bereavement Support
Cathedral Social Services Centre, Bishopgate St., Mullingar.
Tel: 087 6309808

Bethany St. Camillus' Bereavement Support Group
St. Camillus Nursing Centre, Riverstown, Killucan, Co. Westmeath
Tel: 044 9374196, 087 9117432

LARCC (Lakelands Area Retreat & Cancer Centre)
gives support to people who are grieving the loss of a loved one.
Coole Road, Multyfarnham, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.
Tel: (044) 9371971, Fax: (044) 93 71900 Callsave: 1850 719719
Email: info@larcc.ie

Midlands Living Links (Suicide Bereavement Support Service) 086 1600 641

Rainbows Ireland
is a peer-support programme to assist children and young people who are grieving a death, separation or other painful transition in their family.


The Anti-Bullying Centre,
Department of Teacher Education, Room 4048/4049, Arts Building, Trinity College, Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 896 2573 / 896 3488
E-mail: lmcguire@tcd.ie

Children and Young People

is an ISPCC (The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) service
Tel: 1800 666 666

Reach Out
is a web-based service for young people

Let Someone Know
is an interactive platform that will increase young people's awareness about mental health and wellbeing as well as providing contact details for support and advice. There are tips and quizzes about looking after yourself and your friends. The website also features a personal action diary.

Ombudsman for Children's Office (OCO)
Tel: LoCall 1800 20 20 40 or 01 865 6800
Email: oco@oco.ie

is an interactive online led national organisation to empower young people to create personal and social change.
Tel: 091 533693
E-mail: info@spunout.ie

Barnados Bereavement Counselling for Children
a service for children and young people who have lost someone close to them
Email: bereavement@barnardos.ie

National Youth Council of Ireland
is the representative body for national voluntary youth work organisations in Ireland
Tel: + 353 (0)1 478 4122
Email: info@nyci.ie

Barnardos Teenhelp
is an online resource that offers practical advice to teenagers and their parents on issues such as depression, domestic abuse, parental separation and death.

is the UK's only national charity committed to improving the mental health and emotional well-being of all children and young people.

Teen Between
is a listening support service for young people in the Midlands whose parents are separated.
Tel: 086 3294763 / 096 3294761

campaign is for teenagers most importantly, but it is also for parents, teachers and youth workers, to help them in talking to teenagers in their care about relationships and sex.


The HSE National Counselling Service (NCS)
is a professional, confidential counselling and psychotherapy service available free of charge in all regions of the Health Services Executive.

IACP (Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
identifies, develops and maintains professional standards of excellence in counselling and psychotherapy through education, training and accreditation.
21 Dublin Road, Bray, County Wicklow
Tel. 00 353 1 2723427, Fax. 00 353 1 2869933
email Email. iacp@iacp.ie

was founded in June 2006 as a community based provider of mental health services, a non-profit organisation registered in Ireland (434008) with charitable status (CHY17600).

Crisis Pregnancy

If you are worried about being pregnant the following organisations may be able to help.
Further details of the services provided by these agencies can be found by freetexting
LIST to 50444

HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme
4th Floor, 89 – 94 Capel Street, Dublin 1
Phone: 01 814 6292
Fax: 01 814 6282
Email: info@crisispregnancy.ie

Midlands CPCS Mullingar
Lo Call 1800 200 857

works to promote the rights and best interests of unmarried parents and their children in Ireland.
4 Gandon House, IFSC, Dublin 1.
Telephone: 01 6700 120 E-mail: info@treoir.ie LoCall: 1890 252 084

One Family
is working to ensure a positive and equal future for all members of all one-parent families in Ireland – changing attitudes, services, policies and lives.
One Family, Cherish House, 2 Lower Pembroke Street, Dublin 2
Tel: 01 662 9096
Lo-call info line: 1890 66 22 12
Email: info@onefamily.ie

is a voluntary organisation, which offers support and help to those who are faced with a crisis pregnancy.
There are sixteen CURA Centres and three Outreach centres throughout the country.
Locall 1850 622626


AWARE – http://www.aware.ie/index.php/
provides support for people with depression and their families.
Helpline 1890 303302
E-mail: aware@oil.ie

Lean on Me
shows how you can be a real friend to someone with depression.

This website is for those who are worried about poor mental health, either their own or that of someone else, as well as those interested in maintaining good mental health.

Health Service Executive
delivers thousands of different health and social services in hospitals and communities across the country, 24 hours a day.
HSE Info line 1850 24 1850

The Westmeath Healthy Reading Scheme is a collection of recommended self-help books for
people experiencing difficulties coping with the stresses of daily life.

Domestic Violence

Women's Aid
is a national organisation that has been working to address the issue of domestic violence in Ireland.
Women's Aid National Freephone Helpline: 1800 341 900. Open 10am to 10pm, 7 days a week.

AMEN provides a confidential helpline and support service for male victims of domestic abuse and their children.
St. Anne's Resource Centre, Railway Street, Navan, Co. Meath
Amen Helpline: 046 9023 718
Email: info@amen.ie

Mullingar Women in Crisis
provides information, support and advice to women hurt by domestic violence.
Tel: 044 9333868

Longford Women's Link
provides information, counselling and a referral service to relevant agencies and support concerning domestic violence.
Tel: 043 3341511

Offaly Domestic Violence Support Services
provide support and services for victims of domestic violence and their children at a local level and campaign for societal and legislative changes that will lead to the elimination of violence and abuse.
Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Laois Domestic Abuse Service
3 Kellyville Court Abbeyleix Road Portlaoise Co. Laois We are located directly opposite the Garda Station.
Email: mary@laoisdomesticabuseservice.com
Phone: 057 86 71100

Eating Disorders

offers support, information and understanding for people with eating disorders, their families and friends..
Helpline: 1890 200 444
Email: info@bodywhys.ie

Employment / Training / Finances

enhances the skills and competencies of individuals and enterprises through the provision of tailored training and employment programmes.

National Learning Network
is the training and employment division of the Rehab Group.
Tel: 01 2057200, Fax: 01 2057211
Email: info@nln.ie
Mullingar - Presentation House, Harbour Road. Tel: 044 9345117. Email: ninmullingar@eircom.net
Athlone - Golden Island, Athlone. Tel: 090 64 79293. Email: sheila.byrne@nin.ie

EmployAbility Midlands
exists to support people with disabilities into paid employment while providing effective solutions to employers’ staffing needs.
First Floor, Bridge Centre, Tullamore Tel: 057 9323901
Coordinator - Tony 086 8335271 tonyreilly@employabilitymidlands.com
Athlone – Joan 086 3842496 / Rosemarie 086 8337946 athlone@employabilitymidlands.com
Mullingar – Daniel 086 8338027 mullingar@employabilitymidlands.com
Longford – Brenda 086 3872855 longford@employabilitymidlands.com
Tullamore – Wanda 086 3873047 offaly@employabilitymidlands.com
Laois – Sandra 086 3873056 laois@employabilitymidlands.com

Co. Westmeath V.E.C.
aims to provide comprehensive, inclusive, accessible and quality education.
Marlinstown Office Park, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
Phone: 044-9348389, Fax: 044-9343533

Mullingar Congress Information & Development Centre
provides support, resources and a range of services to unemployed workers
Unit b Harbour Court, Friers Mill Road, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
Tel : 044-9345060
Co-ordinator Email : coordinator.mullingar@congresscentres.net

Westmeath Community Development
empowers people and communities to overcome disadvantage and enhance the quality of their lives.
Zone C - Mullingar Business Park, Clonmore, Mullingar, Co Westmeath
Telephone: 044 9348571, Fax: 044 9348441
E-mail: info@westcd.ie

Student Finance
is a source of information on financial support for further and higher education.

is a national, free, confidential and independent service for people in debt or in danger of getting into debt.
2nd Floor, Commercial House, Westend Commercial Village, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
Tel: 01 8129500

Department of Social Protection
promotes active participation in society through the provision of income supports, employment services and other services.

is a new vocational assessment service for individuals and employers affected by Acquired Brain Injury. It is the first community based neuro-assessment service of its kind in Ireland and will provide practical assistance and real hope for people with an ABI who are either struggling to hold on to their existing job or aiming to return to education, training or employment.


Family Support Services

provides a completely confidential helpline for parents and guardians.
Low call number: 1890 927277 (open Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 9. 30 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.)
Email: info@parentline.ie

Health Service Executive (H.S.E.)

HSE (Health Service Executive)
delivers thousands of different health and social services in hospitals and communities across the country, 24 hours a day.
Tel: HSE infoline from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Saturday. Callsave 1850 24 1850
or text "Headsup" to 50424

Out of Hours Services

Healthy Reading Scheme

The Westmeath Healthy Reading Scheme is a collection of recommended self-help books for
people experiencing difficulties coping with the stresses of daily life. These books can act as a first step in resolving your difficulties or assist you while working with your health care professional. These materials can also be helpful for family and friends.
It should be noted that reading any of these books is not a substitute for visiting your GP or other health care professional.

Housing / Homeless / Emergency Accommodation

The Homeless Agency: www.homelessagency.ie
Focus Ireland: www.focusireland.ie
Simon Community: www.simoncommunity.ie
Irish Council for Social Housing: www.icsh.ie
Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government: www.environ.ie
Office of the Minister for Children: www.omc.ie (co-ordinates Youth Homelessness Strategy).

Merchants Quay Ireland
is a voluntary organisation providing a wide range of services to people who are homeless and for drug users.
Head Office: 28 Winetavern St., Dublin 8
Postal Address: P.O. Box 11958, Dublin 8
Phone : 01 524 0160, Fax: 01 524 0946
Email : info@mqi.ie
Merchants Quay Ireland, Midlands Project. Tel: 090 64 17095 or 087 6957994

Midlands Simon Community, P.O. Box 27, Athlone. Tel: 090 6444641 Email: info@midlandssimon.com works with people who experience homelessness in Counties Laois, Longford, Offaly and Westmeath.

T.E.A.M. provides Temporary Emergency Accommodation Mullingar
Drop in Centre, Mullingar. Tel: 044 9348428

Open Door Men's Centre
Athlone Tel: 090 6498903 Email: athloneopendoor@eircom.net
Mullingar Tel: 044 9335594 Email: mforde@westcd.ie

St. Martha's Men's Hostel, Knockahaw, Dublin Road, Longford. Tel: 043 3348062

Emergency accommodation, support and information for women (and their children) who are or have experienced domestic violence.
Bethany House Refuge, Longford. Tel: 043 3348136
Esker House Refuge, Athlone. Tel: 090 6474122
Teach Failte, Mullingar. Tel: 044 9349340

Men and Mental Health

AMEN provides a confidential helpline and support service for male victims of domestic abuse and their children.
St. Anne's Resource Centre, Railway Street, Navan, Co. Meath
Amen Helpline: 046 9023 718
Email: info@amen.ie

WMH (Westmeath Men's Health)
is an organisation reaching out to all men within the Westmeath area in order to provide awareness and information on all issues associated with men's health and wellbeing.
Email: mensct@hotmail.com
Tel: 087 7571091

Mens Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI)
works on an all-Ireland basis to enhance the health and well-being of men and boys through research, advocacy, training, networking and demonstration projects.
Centre for Men's Health, Institute of Technology Carlow, Kilkenny Road, Carlow, Co. Carlow

Mental Health Organisations

Mental Health Ireland
is a national voluntary organisation which aims to promote positive mental health and to actively support persons with a mental illness, their families and carers by identifying their needs and advocating their rights
Mensana House, 6 Adelaide Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.
(01) 284 1166, (01) 284 1736

Mental Health Ireland Midlands - Laois, Offaly, Westmeath, Longford
086 8353387

Grow http://www.grow.ie
Infoline: 1890 474 474
E-mail: info@grow.ie

aims to preserve the unique self-help method created by Dr. Abraham Low and to use it to provide a free, effective and compassionate path to self-managed recovery from mental illness, behavioral disorders and the stress of daily life.

One In Four
One in Four offers a voice to and support to men and women who have experienced sexual abuse and/or sexual violence.
Tel: (01) 662 4070, Fax: (01) 611 4650

Your Mental Health
This site provides information on looking after your mental health, on keeping well, and on common mental health problems. It also shows you how you can help yourself, help people around you, and access a wide range of support services.

Let Someone Know
is a site especially for young people

Mental Health Foundation (UK)


Triple P is a toolbox of solutions for parents.
Tel: 090 6434070 (for Longford/Westmeath)
Email: info@triplep.ie

Community Mothers are volunteers who use their experiences as mothers as well as local knowledge to support and encourage new mothers.
Tel: Mullingar - 044-9348571 or email ccorcoran@westcd.ie
Tel: Longford - 043-33-48754 or email communitymothers@eircom.net
Tel: Athlone - 090-6494555 or email ccorcoran@westcd.ie


have over 150 fantastic recreation sites around the country with more being continually added.

Westmeath Sports Partnershi
is dedicated to the promotion and development of sport in County Westmeath with the ultimate goal of increasing participation in sport and physical activity is Westmeath and to positively-making the difference to the quality of life of people in the county.
Westmeath Sports Partnership, Governor`s House, County Building`s, Mount Street, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
Office Phone: +353-44-9390208

Comhairle na nÓg
are local youth councils, which give children and young people the opportunity to be involved in the development of local services and policies.



Supporting People Affected by Mental Ill Health (formerly Schizophrenia Ireland) is the national organisation dedicated to advocating for the rights and needs of those affected by schizophrenia and related illnesses, guidance and training services for people with schizophrenia and related mental illness.
Tel: 01 8601620
Information Helpline: 1890 621 631


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) young people, aged between 14 and 23.
BeLonG To Youth Services
Tel: 01 670 6223
Email: info@belongto.org

Gay Switchboard
A non-directive, non-judgmental, befriending, support and general information service to the gay, lesbian, and bi-sexual community, and to anyone with issues concerning their sexuality, their families and friends.
Tel: 01-8721055
Email: info@gayswitchboard.ie

Gender support


. THE SAMARITANS: 1850 60 9090 / Text: 087 260 9090
. 1LIFE SUICIDE HELPLINE: 1800 247 100 / Text 'HELP' to 51444
. TEENLINE IRELAND HELPLINE: 1800 833 634 (7 nighs a week, 7pm-10pm)
. AWARE (Helpline for Depression): 1890 303 302
. THE SENIOR HELPLINE: 1850 440 444
If you would like to talk to someone face to face immediately, contact your local G.P. or attend the nearest A&E Department.
For free information on any other support or contact details required:
Contact the HSE Info Line: 1850 241 850 (8am-8pm: Monday-Saturday) or text 'HEADSUP' to 50424

National Office for Suicide Prevention
Population Health Directorate, Health Service Executive, Dr Steeven's Hospital, Dublin 8
Telephone: 01-6352139 or 01-6352179
E-mail info@nosp.ie

stands for Psychosocial/Psychoeducational Intervention for people with recurrent Suicide Attempts.
Contact the PISA team, call or text Aileen on 087 9806585 or e-mail pisa@dcu.ie

Suicide or Survive (SOS)
is an Irish charity focussed on breaking down the stigma associated with mental health issues and ensuring that those affected have access to quality recovery services that are right for the individual.
The Willow Counselling and Training Centre
2 Main Street
Co Wicklow
Tel No: 1890 577 577
Email: info@suicideorsurvive.ie

SOSAD (Save Our Sons And Daughters) is an organisation with five main goals:
Raise awareness of suicide in Ireland.
Break the taboo surrounding suicide.
Provide support and direction to those feeling suicidal
Provide support and direction to those approached by someone feeling suicidal
Provide support and direction for those bereaved by suicide.


is a charity that provides an interactive support community for people with personal problems to share, discuss and offload those problems, aim is to use technology to connect people and promote mental wellbeing.

Recovery International Ireland
Bridge House, Cherry Orchard Hospital, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10Ph: 01 6260775

Music Therapy Ireland
offer a creative space to help the lives of people who are healthy and those with disabilities.
Our mission is to use music as a medium to promote and encourage further development and growth in a space that is creative, safe and non-judgmental.
Main Mobile: 086 2582201

Voluntary Organisations

Disability Federation of Ireland
supporting organisations to enable people with disabilities; an advocate for the voluntary disability sector.




Volunteering Ireland http://www.volunteeringireland.ie/
Volunteering Ireland, the National Volunteer Development Agency, a representative voice for volunteering in Ireland.
Telephone (+353) 1 636 9446
email: info@volunteer.ie

Westmeath Volunteer Centre
Recruiting, Placing & Supporting Volunteers
Westmeath Community Development, Mullingar Enterprise, Technology and Innovation Centre,
Zone C - Mullingar Business Park, Clonmore, Mullingar, Co Westmeath.
E-mail: info@volunteerwestmeath
Tel: 044-9348571

Women and Mental Health