Support For Individuals, Couples, & Families 

Covid-19 Pandemic

Infectious disease outbreaks like coronavirus (COVID-19), can be worrying. This can affect your mental health. But there are many things you can do to mind your mental health during times like this. 

The spread of coronavirus is a new and challenging event. Some people might find it more worrying than others. Medical, scientific and public health experts are working hard to contain the virus. Try to remember this when you feel worried.

Most people’s lives will change in some way over a period of days, weeks, or months. But in time, it will pass.


Turn2Me helps people GET HELP, lets people know that they are not alone and facilitates a safe online community space that allows people to open up and reach out for help.

Their Online Support Groups are facilitated by mental health professionals and Online Counselling is provided by professional Counsellors/Psychologists.


MyMind is the first and largest blended model of mental health care in Ireland, and is putting Ireland at the forefront of mental health innovation. MyMind has created a unique movement for community-based mental health services that work towards giving every person in Ireland equal access to mental health support early, affordably, directly, without stigma or delay.


Shine aim to empower people with mental ill health and their families through support, information and education. They also advocate for social change, promoting and defending the right of all those affected by mental ill health to equal rights and quality services.

Their vision is of an Ireland where all those affected by mental ill health have the right to recovery and the opportunity to achieve the best quality of life.


Whatever you’re facing, a Samaritan will face it with you

Every six seconds, Samaritans answer a call for help.

They are here, day or night, for anyone who’s struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure.

Samaritans give people ways to cope with and the skills to be there for others. And we 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.

Pieta House

Pieta’s three main pillars of practice are prevention, intervention, and postvention.

  • Pieta’s prevention services include The Resilience Academy and the Amber Flag.
    These are awareness driving initiatives to instill and empower young people with coping mechanisms to prevent them from potentially incurring suicidal or self-harm thoughts in the future.
  • Pieta’s intervention model is our suicidal ideation and self-harm counselling therapy.
    Our strength-based and solution-focused method through up to twelve sessions of free counselling initially provides clients with a new perspective to the problems they’re experiencing now.
  • Postvention practice is our Suicide Bereavement service.
    We provide free counselling, therapy and support to those who have been bereaved by suicide.


Aware undertakes to create a society where people affected by stress, depression, bipolar disorder and mood related conditions are understood, supported, free from stigma, and are encouraged to access appropriate therapies.


  • To inform and educate on the nature, extent and consequences of depression
  • To provide emotional and practical support to those affected by depression, bipolar and related disorders
  • To provide positive mental health and resilience training
  • To support research into the development and treatment of depression and related issues

A Lust fo Life

Content, campaigns, and events to facilitate young people to be effective guardians of their own mind – and to be the leaders that drive our society towards a better future.

They are on a mission to empower future generations with the resources to navigate the ups and downs of life through their Schools Wellbeing Programme.

GROW Mental Health Recovery

GROW is a national community-based organisation providing support and education around emotional and mental wellbeing.  Their CBT program provides effective peer support, motivation and empowerment to enable members to take action to change their circumstances in a structured and supportive environment.

The program empowers members to construct their own recovery plan and journey towards personal growth. Its principal strength is the support its members give to each other, drawing on their own successful experiences of recovery.

Mental Health Ireland

At Mental Health Ireland, our aim is to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for all individuals and communities and to support people with lived experience of mental health challenges in their recovery, bringing practical expression to national policy objectives.

Their network of Mental Health Associations promote positive mental health and support people with mental health difficulties within their own communities.  

Mental Health Ireland’s vision is for an Ireland where mental health is valued as being an essential part of personal wellbeing and the health of the nation.

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

If you are using mental health services for an existing mental health condition

If things get difficult, it can be helpful to have a plan to help you get through.

Things you can do:

  • have a list of numbers of mental health service and relatives or friends you can call if you need support
  • keep taking any medication and continue to fill your prescription with support from your GP or psychiatrist
  • continue with any counselling or psychotherapy session you have
  • limit your news intake and only use trusted sources of information
  • practice relaxation techniques and breathing exercises

If your condition gets worse, contact your mental health team or GP.


HelpLink’s Mental Health’s mission is to provide accessible, free or low-cost mental health services; locally (West of Ireland), nationally and internationally, 7 days a week and out–of–hours. The three types of mental health services that Helplink provides are:

  • Counselling,
  • Information Provision
  • Education.

Galway Office: (091) 759887      

Mayo Office:   (094) 9557007      


Stay informed but set limits for news and social media

The constant stream of social media updates and news reports about coronavirus could cause you to feel worried. Sometimes it can be difficult to separate facts from rumors. Use trustworthy and reliable sources to get your news.

Read up-to-date, factual information on coronavirus in Ireland here.

On social media, people may talk about their own worries or beliefs. You don’t need to make them your own. Too much time on social media may increase your worry and levels of anxiety. Consider limiting how much time you spend on social media.

If you find the coverage on coronavirus is too intense for you, talk it through with someone close or get support.

Stay connected to others

During times of stress, friends and families can be a good source of support. It is important to keep in touch with them and other people in your life.

If you need to restrict your movements or self-isolate, try to stay connected to people in other ways, for example:

  • e-mail
  • social media
  • video calls
  • phone calls
  • text messages

Many video calling apps allow you to have video calls with multiple people at the same time.

Remember that talking things through with someone can help lessen worry or anxiety. You don’t have to appear to be strong or to try to cope with things by yourself.

You are braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

Christopher Robin

If we winter this one out, we can summer anywhere"

Seamus Heaney

The beginning is the most important part of the work