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'Text About It' provides a safe space where you’re listened to by a trained Volunteer. You’ll text back and forth, only sharing...


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Childline provides 24/7, free and confidential support over phone, text message (SMS) and online chat. We exist to help youth,...


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We support people from age 16+. No problem is too small to talk to us about. We’re here to listen and guide you to take the...


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Samaritans (Ireland) provides a free emotional support listening service by phone, 24/7. We help everyone in Ireland who may...


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Missing Childrens Hotline offers 24/7, free and confidential support and information over . We exist to help people in Ireland...


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Connect is a free telephone counselling and support service for any adult who has experienced abuse, trauma or neglect in...


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Our teams are available to offer phone support to any woman regardless of whether they are a current service user or reaching...


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Pieta provides 24/7, free, and confidential support and information for everyone in Ireland who may be looking for support with...


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Our confidential, friendly and supportive national Freephone Careline offers a listening ear and practical guidance for family...


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The ISPCC operates Teenline, a national active listening service for children and young people up to and including the age of...


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Parkinsons Association of Ireland offers free and confidential support and information by . We exist to help people in Ireland...


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Womens Aid 24hr National Freephone Helpline 1800 341 900 is dedicated to providing free and confidential support and...


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Teach Tearmainn is dedicated to providing free and confidential support over the phone. We exist to help women and children in...


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Federation For Victim Assistance offers free and confidential support over . We are here for everyone in Ireland who may be...


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Embrace FARM provides free, compassionate and confidential support by . We are here to help everyone in Ireland who may require...


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Ruhama is an Irish NGO and registered charity that offers nationwide support to people impacted by prostitution, sex...


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At the National LGBT+ Helpline, we're here to listen in confidence and without judgement, seven days a week. You can talk to us...


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In collaboration with the Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI), LGBT Ireland provides a volunteer-led listening and...


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The Alzheimer Society of Irelands National Helpline is dedicated to providing free, compassionate and confidential support by...


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National Male Advice Line provides free and confidential support and information over. We exist to help men in Ireland who may...


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Bodywhys offers free and confidential support and information over the phone. We exist to help everyone in Ireland who may be...


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The CARI Care Line is the first point of contact and support for any person or professional who has concerns about or is...


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MS Ireland Information Line offers free, compassionate and confidential support over . We help everyone in Ireland who may need...


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We aim to provide a confidential space for people to speak about their experience or to ask questions relating to the death of...


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Dunlewey Gambling Helpline provides free and confidential support and information. We exist to help everyone in Ireland who may...


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ALONE offers free, compassionate and confidential support over . We are here for seniors in Ireland who may require support...


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Parentline is dedicated to providing free and confidential support and information by . We are here for parents in Ireland who...


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Barnardos Parent Supportline provides free and confidential support over . We are here for parents in Ireland who may need...


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We provide detailed, confidential information and listening support to people who need support parenting alone, sharing...


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Barnardos Childrens Bereavement Helpline is dedicated to providing free, compassionate and confidential support over . We are...


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Towards Healing offers free and confidential support by phone. We exist to help everyone, people with a religious faith in...


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Contact a hotline or helpline in Ireland for free, confidential support

If you are struggling with your mental health or concerned about a loved one, consider contacting a helpline for quick and free support. 33 helplines and hotlines are available in Ireland.

It's common to feel some anxiety about contacting a helpline. Learn more about what helplines offer so you can decide if it's right for you.

What is a helpline or hotline?

Helplines offer immediate mental health support to the public for free. When you contact a helpline, you will receive confidential counseling support either over the phone, text message or online chat. In some countries, helplines are also known as hotlines or crisis lines.

What kind of support do helplines offer?

Whether you need a listening ear, or help with what to do next, helpline staff can help. They will ask you questions to help you process your emotions or situation. They can also collaborate with you on what steps you might take to improve your situation, which can help you feel more in control and confident about the future.

If I contact a helpline, who will I talk to?

The people on the other end of a helpline or hotline are often counselors or volunteers who are trained in crisis counseling and active listening, and can offer you a safe space to talk freely about what's bothering you. Some helplines are staffed by peers who have some personal experience in the issue the helpline supports with.

What issues can I talk to a helpline about?

Helplines are there for anyone who might be in need of free support for mental and behavioral health problems. If you are struggling with something specific, such as suicide, depression, anxiety, or domestic violence, there are often helplines that cater specifically to these issues. You may also be able to contact a helpline related to your demographic, such as helplines that are specifically for teenagers, veterans or the LGBTQ+ community. A lot of helplines provide support for a variety of mental and behavioral health issues, so you can talk with them about anything that is concerning you.

What is a suicide hotline?

For help with thoughts about harming yourself or ending your life, you can contact a suicide prevention hotline, also known as a crisis line or lifeline. Suicide hotlines are available 24/7 in most countries. These crisis services commonly support with any problem you might be facing, so you can also call them if you aren't thinking about suicide.

Can I contact a helpline for support with a person I'm worried about?

When a friend or family member is going through a mental health crisis, it can be difficult to know how to help. Helplines will offer advice on how you can best support your loved one, whether that be through ways you can support them or outside support they may be able to get.

I'm in Ireland. What hotlines and helplines are available to me?

In Ireland, there are 33 hotlines and helplines that support with a range of topics.

Globally, there are over 2,000 helplines and hotlines, and the support they offer varies across topics and populations. What unites them is their shared aim to support people who are experiencing mental health distress or emotional pain. Helplines are there to assist you in a time of emotional pain, and to support those who may be noticing warning signs of an emotional crisis in those they care about.


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