Need support? Talk to someone now
Want to talk to someone about what you’re going through? Our 24/7 text message support service and our YIC service are here to support you.
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Want to talk to someone about what you’re going through? Do you need more information or guidance with what you’re dealing with? Our 24/7 text message support service and our Youth Information Chat service are here to support you.
- Get emotional support with our 24/7 text message support service
- Get information from our Youth Information Officers
Feeling overwhelmed and want to talk to someone right now?
TextAboutIt is a free, 24/7 text message support service providing everything from a calming chat to immediate support for people going through a difficult time. TextAboutIt can be reached by texting 086 1800 280 or 50808, but the 50808 number cannot be used by 48 or An Post networks.
To connect with a trained volunteer at any time of the day or night, text HELLO to 086 1800 280
If you are a customer of the 48 or An Post network or cannot get through using the ‘50808’ shortcode please text HELLO to 086 1800 280 (standard message rates may apply). Some smaller networks do not support shortcodes like ‘50808’.
Youth Information Chat
Looking for more information? Our Youth Information Officers are here to help you with information, advice and guidance about issues that matter to you.
Our free, online chat service is available to 16-25-year-olds living in Ireland. We are open Monday – Friday from 4-8 PM.
If you leave a message outside of these hours, we will get back to you by email as soon as we come back online.
Our online chat service is as easy to use like WhatsApp and puts you in touch with a Youth Information Officer who can help you. Simply click the link below, fill out your information with your question, and start chatting.
Our chat service is staffed by Youth Information Officers from centres across Ireland. Youth Information Officers are trained in providing information that is impartial, accurate, relevant to your question, in a non-judgemental and easy to understand way. The Youth Information Officers staffing the system are from YMCA Ireland, Crosscare and Youth Work Ireland.