External Support Services

AIDS Helpline


AIDS Helpline is a voluntary organisation. They offer an information help line, education / prevention services and support to people affected by HIV and to those concerned about their sexual health. Their services are completely confidential

Aids Helpline Dublin: 1800 459 459

Alcoholic Anonymous


Alcoholics Anonymous 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.

Hours: Mon. - Fri. 9.30am - 5.00pm (open through lunch)
Telephone: (01) 4538998

Al Anon/Al Ateen


Al-Anon offers understanding and support for families and friends of problem drinkers in an anonymous environment, whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not. The parents, children, wives, husbands, friends and colleagues of alcoholics could all be helped by Al-Anon and Alateen whether or not the drinker in their lives recognises that a problem exists. Alateen is part of the Al-Anon fellowship and is for young people, aged 12 - 17 inclusive, who are affected by a problem drinker. Alateen members share their ideas and experience in order to gain a better understanding of alcoholism; they learn to accept it as an illness and so lessen its impact on their lives.

Anti-bullying Centre


The Centre has information packs available, containing materials about bullying/harassment. For further information on these packs see either the School or Work sections of this website or contact them directly at:

Telephone: 01 608 2573 or 608 3488



Bodywhys is the Irish National Charity, which offers support, information and understanding for people with eating disorders, their families and friends.

Admin Line: 01-2834963 Helpline No: 1890 200 444



Comhairle is the national agency responsible for supporting the provision of information, advice and advocacy on social services to ensure this access. It supports the provision of information to the public through the nationwide network of Citizens Information Centres, the Citizens Information Phone Service and through the Citizens Information website.

Telephone: 1890 777 121

Crisis Pregnancy Services


Providing information on all services for unplanned pregnancy

Drink Aware


P: (01) 611 4811
E: info@drinkaware.ie

Dyslexia Association of Ireland


The DAI lobbies for the provision of appropriate services by the state to all people with dyslexia. It provides a free information service to the public. Services offered include: psycho-educational assessment of children and adults, group and individual specialised tuition, teachers' courses, summer schools, speakers for schools and parents groups.

Ph: 01 6790276
Fax: 01 6790273
Email: info@dyslexia.ie

Focus Ireland


Freephone: 1800 724 724

Everyone has a right to a place they call home. If you are homeless or need to contact focus ireland call into coffee shop and housing advice centre at 14a Eustace Street or call 01 6712555. Open Mon-Fri 10.15-5.15, Sat, Sun and Bank Holidays 11.30-3pm.

First Out


First Out is a Dublin-based group for women of all ages, who are questioning their sexuality or considering “coming out”. We meet the first Thursday of every month, from 7.30-9.30 pm, all year round, in Outhouse, 105 Capel Street, Dublin 1

Contact email: firstout@firstout.ie

Gamblers Anonymous


Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who have joined together to do something about their own gambling problem and to help other compulsive gamblers do the same. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop gambling.

Telephone: Dublin (01) 8721133 or Cork on (087) 2859552.

You can speak to a GA member from 10.00am to 12.00am Mon-Fri by ringing the Dublin Number (01) 8721133. Outside of these hours listen to the recording -- You will get phone details of a GA member who you can speak to between 7.00pm and 10.00pm each day.

Gay Switchboard


GSD's core service is provided via telephone. They provide non-directive, non-judgmental, befriending, support and a general information service to the gay, lesbian and bisexual community, to anyone who has issues relating to their sexuality, to their parents, families and friends.
Telephone 01-8721055



Gingerbread provides accurate, confidential and informed advice and information on all issues affecting one parent families. They do this through Support Groups, which may or may not be attached to Branches, and who are made of other lone parents. They provide adult peer support and also, through regular outings, holidays and parties, help families go forward from their present position. They also offer an information and referral helpline.

Telephone: 01 814 6618. Monday to Thursday, 10.00am - 2.00pm or email them at counselling@gingerbread.ie

Irish Council for International Students


Promoting the  general welfare of International Students since 1970. Contact at 01 6605233.

Irish Family Planning Association


The IFPA offers a comprehensive range of services specifically designed to promote sexual health and to support reproductive choice. Their services and facilities are oriented to the needs of women and young people in particular and include counselling, information, education and medical services.

IFPA National Pregnancy Helpline 1850 49 50 51

Irish Friends of the Suicide Bereaved


National support group for those bereaved by suiicide. Visit web site to see counselling services in your area.

Contact at National Suicide Bereaved Support Network, PO Box 1, Youghal, Co. Cork.

Irish Refugee Council


Second Floor
Ballast House
Aston Quay
Dublin 2
Phone: 00 353 1 764 5854
Fax: 00 353 1 672 5927
E-mail: info@irishrefugeecouncil.ie

L.G.B.T. Ireland


MABS (Budgeting)


MABS is a national free, confidential and independent service for people in debt or in danger of getting into debt.
Telephone (01) 6706555/ 6704331

Mental Health Ireland


Mental Health Ireland 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.
Telephone: 01 284 1166

Narcotics Anonymous

http://www.mentalhealthireland.ie (Narcotics Anonymous)

A group of recovering addicts who have found a way to live without the use of drugs. It costs nothing to be a member, the only requirement is a desire to stop using.
Telephone: 01 6728000

Overeaters Anonymous


Self-help for those suffering from eating disorders
Telephone: 01 2788106

Parent line


For over twenty years, Parentline has provided a completely confidential helpline for parents and guardians. Parents phone Parentline with all sorts of problems. There is no typical call. Calls come from parents of new born babies, toddlers, pre-teens and teenagers - children of all ages. All ages offer different challenges.

Telephone: 1890 927277

Rape Crisis Centre


Dublin Rape Crisis Centre offer a confidential, 24-hour telephone helpline, 7 days a week staffed by trained counsellors who are available to listen to you and any concerns you may have in regard to issues of rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment or childhood sexual abuse.

Although the Centre is based in Dublin, our counsellors take calls from all over the country and every call is dealt with in confidence and with respect and understanding.
Freephone 1800 778888



Reachout.com is a service dedicated to taking the mystery out of mental health. We aim to provide quality assured mental health information and inspiring real life stories by young people to help other young people get through tough times.

Reachout.com also provieds information about other services that can help people deal with mental health problems. Reachout.com is run by the Inspire Ireland Foundation and is a not for profit and non government registered charity.



Samaritans are available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide.

Samaritans 1850 609090, text 0872609090, email jo@samaritans.org, or see www.samaritans.org

Schizophrenia Ireland/ Shine

www.sirl.ie/ www.shineonline.ie

Schizophrena Ireland has changed its name to Shine – supporting people affected by mental ill health in Ireland.
Helpline: 1890 621 631

Students Against Depression


Teenline Ireland


We hope this will provide you with information about our freephone helpline and other support services in your area. If you feel alone, worried or distressed or just need someone to talk to,you can call our confidential helpline on 1800 833 634.

Our helpline is open on Wednesdays 3pm - 6pm; Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 9pm - 12 midnight; and on Sundays from 8pm - 11pm.



Threshold was founded in 1978 and is a not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to secure a right to housing, particularly for households experiencing the problems of poverty and exclusion. Information includes useful guidelines on renting accommodation.

Telephone 01 678 6096

Victim Support


The Garda Síochána operate closely with the Crime Victims Helpline, 1850 211 407, which can help provide support to victims of crime.

Women's Aid


The Women's Aid National Free phone Helpline offers confidential information, advice, support and understanding to women who are being physically, sexually or mentally abused in their own homes. The Helpline also acts as a referral to refuge, counselling services, solicitors, legal aid and other agencies, both statutory and voluntary, which are helpful to women experiencing abuse within a relationship. This service is available free to all women in the Republic of Ireland.

Open 7 days a week from 10am to 10pm
Telephone: 1800 341 300
Last updated: March 10th 2009.
DIT Student Counselling Service, 143 Rathmines Road, Dublin 6
Ph: +353 1 402 3352

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