Mental Health Support Resources
When we are finding life tough it can be really hard to let others know that we are struggling. We often feel shame for simply being human or having an illness we wish we didn't have. Talking things through with someone whom we feel we can trust can be really helpful, It reminds us that we are not alone and that we are not the only person to feel likelife is too much to handle. Is there someone in your life that you feel comfortable enough to share how you are feeling?
If you would like to talk to a therapist you might consider looking at the IACP website so you can find a therapist in your local area.
Also, check out My Mind as they provide low-cost counselling face to face and online. Your doctor may be able to refer you to a counsellor also.
Alternatively, you can reach out to be following FREE support lines:
I volunteer for Aware support services.
Samaritans : Call anytime on 116 123 - Note: the number does not show up on your phone bill
Pieta House : Free 24/7 on 1800 247 247 or text HELP to 51444 (txt charges apply)
Pieta house helpline is made up of professionally trained therapists who can help you if you are experiencing suicidal ideation, engaging in self-harm, or have been bereaved by suicide. Calling Pieta house can lead to 12 weeks of free proactive suicide prevention counselling.
I have used their services and found it life saving and life changing.
SOSAD : 24/7 on 041 984 8754 have trained volunteers on call for emergencies for anyone who may be in distress and need professional help and support. If needed Sosad offers ongoing support after your initial call.
Text About it 50808 : A new Text support service that was introduced by the HSE earlier this year called. It is the first of its kind for Ireland, a free 24/7 text service providing everything from a calming chat to immediate support for people going through mental health or emotional crisis.
If you experience five or more of these symptoms, lasting for two weeks or more, we suggest that you speak with your GP.
Feeling sad, anxious, hopeless or worthless, lonely, isolated
Low energy, feeling tired or fatigued
Under or oversleeping, waking frequently during the night or difficulty getting to sleep
Poor concentration, thinking slowed down
Loss of interest in hobbies, family or social life
Low self-esteem, and feelings of guilt
Aches and pains with no physical basis, e.g. chest, head or tummy pain associated with anxiety or stress
Loss of interest in living, thinking about death, suicidal thoughts
Sometimes symptoms of depression or anxiety may share similar symptoms to other conditions which is why speaking with your GP can be a really good first step.
Free online Programmes
Life Skills Online with Aware
Based on the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), participants learn more about how we think and how this can influence our actions in helpful or unhelpful ways.
It consists of 8 modules which you can work through online in your own time, but you benefit from support by an Aware trained Supporter for the 1st 8 weeks so it is very useful to plan to complete one module a week for the first 8 weeks.
For 12 months after will have access to the programme and tools to review.
The programme was developed by Trinity College Dublin and SilverCloud Health.
Life Skills is also consistent with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines for the treatment of depression and anxiety. NICE is an organisation which provides independent, authoritative and evidence-based guidance on the most effective ways to prevent, diagnose and treat ill-health.
I have used this programme where I was struggling to get my mind to stop amplifying every situation and feeling. It was very helpful in getting my mind back to a more rational and balanced place.
WellnessWorkshop with SusicideorSurvive
This course is a mix of vides, pdf and worksheets. Some of the topics covered are :
Hope and Despair
Change your thining
Daily wellness plan
I am currently working through this course myself and have previously done the Wrap Programme. What I love about SOS is that their work is done by peer support, What this means is your facilitator is a professional mental health worker but also someone who has personal experience of mental health struggles. Once covid is impacting less on our lives I hope to get back to training with SOS to become a facilitator for their courses.
Stress Control Course with HSE
The HSE was running in person 4 weeks of group stress control courses. As they can’t be delivered in person just now, Dr Jim White will live-stream the classes until December, free-of-charge.
MyMind is offering FREE counselling to individuals and families who have been affected by covid. If you have increased pressure on your ability to cope due to the additional challenges posed by the virus. If you have experienced bereavement, job loss, fear and anxiety caused by the need to socially distance, or you are dealing with loneliness and isolation click here.
GROW has launched a FREE six-week initiative to help ‘Create Hope and Stay Positive’ in the face of Covid-19. It will address the various challenges of accepting the situation, dealing with isolation and coping with anxiety by helping you stay positive, look after yourself and create routine and balance. The course has podcast episodes, recipes, activity ideas. Simply click here to start the course.
Mental Health Ireland has created an informative and fun resources section feature downloads, videos and lots of ideas and suggestions on how to support ourselves and others through this challenging time. Click here to access.
Therapeutic Talking with Gratitude Forest
We all need support in digesting the changes happening in our lives and the world right now. To support this community I am currently offering some Therapeutic talking sessions as “Pay What You Can”.
If you can't afford to pay anything that is absolutely o.k. You can book into my calendar here and after the session, a link will be sent to pay a donation for those who can afford something.
Upcoming Webinar talks
SOS has many FREE webinars on an array of topics like
Resilience and Coping with Unertantity
To find out more about these and the other topics covered click here
Please note that I have not used all of these services and therefore can not personally recommend them all but they are all from reputable organisations. I will always mention the ones I have used personally and how I found them. If you use any of these resources I would love to hear your feedback on them.
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