Support Services - A-Z
Aware was founded in 1985 by Dr. Patrick McKeon and a small but dedicated team of volunteers, many of whom had their own personal experience with depression, or bipolar disorder. The organisation developed in response to the clear need for information, understanding and support, both for individuals who had a diagnosis of depression or bipolar as well as family members supporting a loved one.
Irish Sailing has adopted the Irish Anti-doping Unit rules which are compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code. Irish Sailing strongly recommends that all High Performance athletes become familiar with their rights and responsibilities in relation to anti-doping programmes and act according. Irish Sailing condemns the use of banned substances and unethical methods to improve the performance of athletes in sport. We support a fair and equitable competition environment and doping does not promote the good health and safe welfare of athletes.
Barnardos is a children’s charity that works with vulnerable children and their families in Ireland and campaigns for the rights of all children.
CARI is the leading voluntary organisation with a proven track record in providing child centered specialised therapy and support to children, families and groups affected by child sexual abuse, regardless of means.
Connect is a free telephone counselling and support service for any adult who has experienced abuse, trauma or neglect in childhood. You can talk in confidence with a trained counsellor who can listen or help with questions you have.
All conversations with Childline are private, which means that you can talk to Childline about anything and they won’t tell anyone unless you tell them who you are or where you are. Childline is for young people up to the age of 18. Contact services are available from 10am to 4am every day.
Drugs & alcohol abuse
Drugs.ie provides general information on drugs and alcohol abuse and details on more specific services in your area to help you get started and point you in the right direction. Support services include helpline, harm reduction services, help with drug and alcohol related problems, and support groups for drug and alcohol users and their families and friends.
An Garda Síochána is the national police service of Ireland. The Mission of An Garda Síochána is ‘Working with Communities to Protect and Serve’.
Health Service Executive (HSE)
The HSE provides all of Ireland's public health services, in hospitals and communities nationwide.
HSE National Counselling Service
If you are looking for face to face counselling for issues surrounding childhood abuse, please get in contact with the HSE National Counselling Service, which has counselling centres all over Ireland.
The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) is Ireland’s oldest and most well-known children’s charity. The ISPCC has a long, proud history of service delivery and advocacy on behalf of children.
Jigsaw & Headstrong
Jigsaw is a network of centres across Ireland to make sure every young person has somewhere to turn to and someone to talk to when in need. Headstrong, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health is a charitable organisation supporting young people’s mental health in Ireland. Its goals include that every young person will have at least “one good adult” in their life, and that when they need support, they will be able to seek and obtain it.
Mental Health Ireland
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.
One in Four
One in Four is a national charity which provides psychotherapy and advocacy services for people who have experienced sexual violence.
Pieta House, the centre for the prevention of self-harm or suicide opened over nine years ago with Lucan in County Dublin the centre of operations, now with nine centres nationwide helping people in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm.
Rape Crisis Centres
For a directory of Rape Crisis Centres around the country. Rape Crisis Centres across the country offers a wide range of services to women and men who are affected by rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment or childhood sexual abuse.
- Website: http://www.drcc.ie/get-help-and-information/centres-around-ireland/
- Phone: 1800 77 88 88
ReachOut.com is an online youth mental health service. Put simply, it helps young people through tough times in their lives.
Samaritans provide 24-hour emotional support to anyone experiencing distress, despair or suicidal thought.
SpunOut.ie is Ireland’s youth information website created by young people, for young people. SpunOut.ie provides young people with a space to have their questions answered, receive advice from other readers with lived experiences and to share their views with the SpunOut.ie community.
Teen Between is a specialised counselling service which supports teenagers with separated or divorced parents.
Tusla, the Child and Family Agency is now the dedicated State agency responsible for improving wellbeing and outcomes for children. It represents the most comprehensive reform of child protection, early intervention and family support services ever undertaken in Ireland. The Child and Family Agency’s services include a range of universal and targeted services for children and families.
Women's Aid is a national organisation that has been working in Ireland to stop domestic violence against women and children since 1974. The Women's Aid Helpline is the only free, national, domestic violence helpline with specialised trained staff.