Voluntary mental health organisations

ReachOut Parents Youth Mental HealthMany voluntary organisations in the community offer mental health services, often available at low or no cost.

Most voluntary organisations deal with specific aspects of mental health and any of them provide services for young people as well as adults.

Some well established national organisations and services include:

It would be impossible to provide a comprehensive list of all of the voluntary organisations and services that provide mental health support but this is an overview of the range of what is available.

Selected voluntary supports and services

BeLonG To

BeLonG To is a national youth service for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people in Ireland aged 14-23. The BeLonG To website includes a section for parents.
Office hours Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm
Appointments with youth workers can be made by calling the office on 01 670 6223.
Address: Parliament House, 13 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Email: info@belongto.org
Youth groups: are available in Cavan, Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Louth, Tipperary, Waterford


Bodywhys is the national voluntary organisation supporting people with eating disorders in Ireland with a helpline on 1890 200444 (Lo-call).
Support groups are available in Cavan, Carlow, Donegal, Dublin and Galway. The aim of the groups is to provide a safe and non-judgmental environment for people with eating disorders to discuss and share feelings and difficulties with others going through a similar experience.

The group is available to people 18 years of age and over. There are also support groups for family and friends providing an opportunity to give and receive support from others going through a similar experience. Bodywhys support group sessions are free and they last between one and a half and two hours.

For more information call the office on 01-283 4963.

Online support group:

  • BodywhysConnect is a free, weekly internet support group currently offered to people with eating disorders aged 19 years and over.
  • BodywhysYouthConnect is a free, weekly internet support group currently offered to people with eating disorders aged 13-18 years. It aims to provide support to young people who may be geographically isolated from a support group or who find it too difficult to attend a face-to-face group. Meetings last for an hour and a half and are facilitated by two trained Bodywhys volunteers. Meetings are held from 7.30pm to 9.00pm on Sunday.

CARI – Children At Risk of Abuse in Ireland

CARI provide a professional, child centred therapy and counselling service to children families and groups who have been affected by child sexual abuse. Services available include:

  • Child and adolescent psychotherapy/counselling.
  • Advice appointments for parents and carers in need of crisis counselling with regard to a young person in their care who has been affected by sexual abuse.
  • Ongoing support for parents and carers of children and adolescents affected by sexual abuse.
  • Therapeutic support to children, up to 12 years of age, who have engaged in inappropriate sexual behaviour.

Clients are asked to make a contribution on a sliding scale. This fee covers all appointments, including assessment and therapy sessions. The amount the client or family is able to afford will be decided with them at assessment stage. Sometimes the HSE or other agencies will pay the fees on the family’s behalf. Fees will be charged for missed sessions unless 24 hours notice is given.

Referrals for therapy can be made by Social Workers, Gardai, Solicitors, GPs, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Psychiatrists and other professionals.

CARI operate a helpline on 1890 924567 (lo call).


Children up to 18 years-old can contact Childline by visiting the website or by calling 1800 66 66 66 (a freephone number) 24 hours a day.

Crisis Pregnancy Agency

The Crisis Pregnancy Agency’s b4udecide campaign aims to encourage teenagers to make healthy, responsible decisions about relationships and sex. It is aimed at teenagers 14 -16 years-old. It also aims to be a useful resource for parents, teachers and youth workers.


Jigsaw is located in 10 centres across Ireland and provides services tailored to local need with the aim of supporting youth mental health. The Jigsaw service model emphasizes collaboration with existing local health and community services and supports.


Parentline welcomes calls about any parenting issue. 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.  A problem which seems trivial at an early stage can easily develop into a more serious issue for both parent and child if unaddressed.

Parentline’s lines are open Monday – Thursday 10 am – 9. 30 pm and Friday 10 am – 4.30 pm

Pieta House

Pieta House is a suicide prevention counselling service available in centres across Ireland including Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Roscrea, Tuam and Castleisland, Kerry. Referrals to Pieta can be made by a parent, friend or directly by the person who is in crisis or distress. Pieta House services are free to access.

Pieta House now runs a helpline number 1800 201 890, which was previously run by Console.


ReachOut.com is an online service to help young people get through tough times. The aim of ReachOut is to improve young people’s mental health and well-being by providing information, support and signposting in ways that work for young people.


Samaritans is a confidential emotional support service for anyone in Ireland, providing befriending 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to those passing through personal crisis. Samaritans can be contacted by e-mail on jo@samaritans.org, by phone 116 123 or by text on 087 2609090. The service is entirely confidential. You do not have to use your real name, nor give any personal details.

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