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Mental health supports available in Ireland during COVID-19

Many services are still providing support for your mental health both online and over the phone

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During these uncertain times, it is normal to experience anxiety and to feel worried about what is to come. If you experience a mental health difficulty you may have previously been in contact with a mental health service that has supported either online or in person. Although a number of organisations may have closed their face-to face services for the moment, there are still plenty of online or over the phone mental health supports available. If you are experiencing any mental health difficulties, please reach out to one of these services or to a friend or family member. 

Remember, there are services there to support you with your mental health.

Mental health supports during the COVID-19 pandemic 

Find a list of mental health services in Ireland offering support during the COVID-19 pandemic below.

  • Get anonymous support 24/7 with our text message support service
  • Connect with a trained volunteer who will listen to you, and help you to move forward feeling better
  • Text SPUNOUT to 50808 to begin
  • Find out more about our text message support service
  • If you are a customer of the 48 network or cannot get through using the ‘50808’ short code please text HELLO to 086 1800 280 (standard message rates may apply). Some smaller networks do not support short codes like ‘50808’


  • Jigsaw says it will continue to provide support for young people (aged 12-25) already engaged in their one-to-one service via telephone.
  • Twice daily group chats for young people focused on diverse emerging mental health themes can be accessed through their website
  • Email support is available to young people through
  • Jigsaw will also launch a free 1-800 phone service, where young people across the country can speak to a Jigsaw clinician, from April 3rd.
  • For further information check out:

Pieta House

  • Pieta House are currently offering sessions to people over the phone 
  • You can contact your local centre for details:
  • They also have a Freephone 24 hour helpline and text service is available every day of the year. You can call 1800 247 247 or text HELP to 51444 (standard message rates apply)


  • MyMind is still providing online counselling nationally - all sessions are by video call or over the phone
  • Open hours are Monday to Friday from 8am to 10pm and Saturday from 9am to 7pm
  • The fee is €50 (including under 18's) but there is a smaller fee of €20 for people over 18, who are full-time students or unemployed
  • MyMind do not keep waiting lists so they generally have appointments available - you can book an appointment through their website
  • If you are aged between 16 and 18 you will need your parents permission to have an appointment - they must set up the online account for your appointment
  • Visit or you can email


  • Aware have a Freephone Support Line 1800 80 48 48 from 10am to 10pm every day
  • Their support and self-care groups nationwide, are cancelled until further notice
  • They also have a Life Skills Online Programme which is continuing as normal
  • You can email for services information and support
  • For further information check out


  • Turn2me provide both online counselling and online support groups
  • Visit for more information


  • The Samaritians have a free 24 hour helpline, 116 123
  • You can also get support by emailing


  • Face to face services are closed at the moment
  • All information, referral and advice will be provided by email, text, phone call or video conference
  • You can contact BeLonGTo on 01 670 6223 (Monday-Friday from 9am-1pm & 2pm-5pm) or visit

LGBT Ireland

  • LGBT Helpline is available on 1890 929 539
  • There is also a Gender Identity Family Support Line on 01 907 3707
  • You can email for support or information as face to face services are currently closed

Mental Health Ireland

  • You can call Mental Health Ireland's information line on (01) 284 1166 available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm 
  • Email


  • While all face to face and helpline services are currently suspended you can email for information or support
  • Bodywhys still have online support groups which are continuing as normal
  • Visit for more information


  • Childline have a 24 hour freephone number for under 18’s, you can call 1800 666 666 any time, day or night
  • Their text service is available from 10am to 4pm every day, Text 50101
  • You can also chat online at from 10am to 4pm every day.
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Published March 19th2020
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