Mental Health Support and Information


Samaritans provide 24hr emotional support to anyone struggling to cope.
24hr helpline – 116 123
SMS – 087 260 9090

Pieta House

Pieta House is a non-profit organisation providing a specialised treatment programme for people who have suicidal ideation or who participate in self-harming.

Turn2me is an online mental health community providing peer and professional support to adults experiencing any of a broad range of mental health difficulties. They provide such support through a number of services which include:

  • Online peer-moderated forums – Free
  • Online support groups (anxiety or depression) – Free
  • Online 1-to1 counselling – Paid (provided by mental health professionals)
  • Information and Services Directory – Free

Suicide or Survive

Suicide or Survive (SOS) which endeavours to challenge the stigma attached to mental illness and provide a range of educational and therapeutic programmes that increase understanding of suicide and play an active role in its prevention in Ireland.

3ts Turn the Tide of Suicide

3Ts  is a registered charity working to help prevent deaths by suicide through research, intervention and support.


GROW’s mission is to nurture mental health, personal growth, prevention and full recovery from all kinds of mental illness.


Aware works to create a society where people who experience depression and related mood disorders, and their families, are understood and supported, are free from stigma, and have access to a broad range of support options.

Helplink Support Services

Helplink Support Services Ltd. is an innovative, affordable online & phone based therapeutic service available nationwide (face-to-face appointments also available in Galway).

Nurture PND

Nurture provides affordable, professional counselling services. Their aim is to ensure each client who requires an appointment will be accommodated within a two week time frame. They work with clients battling depression in pregnancy, post natal depression, post traumatic stress disorder and post partum psychosis (in recovery stage).

Changing Minds About Mental Health

See Change

See Change is Ireland’s national partnership to reduce stigma and challenge discrimination associated with mental health problems.

Mental Health Ireland

Mental Health Ireland supports local Mental Health Associations, campaigns for the improvement of national mental health policy and service provision, provides information, researches mental health topics and develops mental health promotion programmes.

Mental Health Reform

Mental Health Ireland’s goal is an Ireland where people with mental health difficulties can recover their good health and live their lives to the fullest.

Every single one of us will experience tough times in our lives. is a place to learn about mental health, and how to support yourself and the people you love. You can find support services near you, and learn about the littlethings that can make a big difference to how we all feel. Brought to you by the HSE, the National Office for Suicide Prevention and partner organisations across the country.

Youth Mental Health

Reachout is a service dedicated to taking the mystery out of mental health. They 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.

Spunout provides young people between the ages of 16 and 25 with the information and skills to deal with the difficult things life throws at us.


Jigsaw projects across Ireland work with communities to better support young people’s mental health and well being.


Headstrong is the National Centre for Youth Mental Health – a nonprofit organisation supporting young people’s mental health in Ireland.

Online Self Help

DBT self help – Emotionally Sensitive

‘You want to learn to manage your emotions better, feel more in control, and not be thrown into “crisis mode” by the feeling of nearly constant emotional dysregulation. You want to develop, maintain, and repair important relationships in your life while learning how to avoid and get out of those “toxic” ones that are holding you back and no longer serving you.

Trouble is, you don’t yet know the skills and/or have the support around you for learning and practicing them in a way that keeps you motivated and on track with these important life desires and goals. Whether you’re eighteen, in your twenties, in your sixties, or anywhere in-between and beyond, I can help’

Online dbt classes from someone who no longer meets the criteria for bpd, and who learned to manage it through dbt.


Headspace is a project designed to demystify meditation and make it accessible for everyone. They also have a really useful app providing 10 minute guided meditations.

Living Life to the Full

This is a free life skills course which aims to provide access to high quality, practical and user-friendly training in life skills. Living life to the full is based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), a structured form of psychotherapy that aims to alter unhelpful thinking.


MoodGYM is a free, interactive web programme designed to help prevent depression, and again teaches the principles of CBT.
This site allows you to help track and graph daily moods. A mail is sent to a friend(s) who agree to buddy you – the idea being that knowing someone is genuinely listening and aware of how you’re doing is of itself supportive and can help lift mood.

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  1. Open Dialogue is a therapeutic process that was pioneered in Finland. It is also offered in West Cork, the first place outside Finland. Remarkably, Open Dialogue is not an alternative to standard psychiatric services there, it is THE psychiatric service in Western Lapland. Now they have the best documented outcomes in the Western World. For example, around 75% of those experiencing psychosis have returned to work or study within 2 years and only around 20% are still taking antipsychotic medication at 2 year follow-up.
    Working with families and social networks, as much as possible in their own homes, Open Dialogue teams work to help those involved in a crisis situation to be together and to engage in dialogue. It has been their experience that if the family/team can bear the extreme emotion in a crisis situation, and tolerate the uncertainty, in time shared meaning usually emerges and healing/recovery is possible. Open Dialogue has drawn on a number of theoretical models, including systemic family therapy, dialogical theory and social constructionism.

    (I’ve quoted some of this text from the UK Web site)

    I’ve experienced just a few sessions but I can vouch for the power of the simple process. It is immediately obvious and clear how it works and how simple it is in practice.

    There is going to be a one day free Open Dialogue Conference in Cork on the 13th of September 2016.

    More details here

  2. I am setting up a peer support group in Dublin (through meetup) for those with BPD and their supporters. I wonder would you be interested in assisting me in getting the word out and formulating a support agreement? I have stumbled upon your blog many times in my search for guidance and support and I embrace many of your values and ethics in your approach to living with BPD. I was diagnosed with BPD only 14 months ago and feel that you have much to offer by way of experience and knowledge. I also am an advocate of WRAP and a recently trained WRAP facilitator so would be keen to ensure that a support group embraces the key concepts and values which underpin it.

    Would love to hear from you and discuss the merit and value of this type of support group.

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