Check out the range of mental health well being supports currently available
New National Bereavement Support Line
The Irish Hospice Foundation, in conjunction with the HSE, has set up a new National Bereavement Support Line to provide connection, comfort and support to those grieving in these exceptional times.
It is a freephone service and will be open from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Friday, starting from today, Tuesday 9 June.
The number to call is 1800 807077. For more information, check out https://hospicefoundation.ie/bereavement-2-2/bereavement-support-line/
The service will provide a confidential space for people to speak about their experience with personnel specifically trained to provide bereavement support and information.
It is anticipated that the Line will be used by health care staff seeking support too.
It is staffed by Irish Hospice Foundation and HSE personnel and volunteers.
"50808" - lifesaving, innovative 24/7 text service launched
‘50808’ is a 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 a mental health or emotional crisis. Crisis Volunteers are available 24/7 for anonymous text conversations. The aim is to provide immediate support in the short term and connect people to resources that will help them in the future.
Doireann Garrihy launched the service via a Zoom event with Simon Harris TD, Minister for Health, Jim Daly, Minister for Mental Health and Anne O’Connor, Chief Operations Officer HSE.
Anne O'Connor, Chief Operations Officer, HSE, said “The impact of this pandemic will be different for all of us and while not everyone will need mental health support, for those that do it’s important to have a variety of services that meet those needs. Picking up the phone and asking for help can appear daunting, but texting 50808 will connect you to a trained listening Crisis Volunteer. Parallel to this important service, the HSE, through our Psychosocial Response Project, is aligning the different levels of supports that are available online, by phone and text to improve accessibility to mental health resources for those who might be struggling at this time."
45 out of the 326 fully trained volunteers are HSE employees.
MyMind Counselling Appointments
MyMind is providing fully subsidised counselling appointments for people affected by Covid-19 and front-line workers. These online counselling appointments are available over the next three months through MyMind’s bespoke digital platform. Where there is no internet access, therapists will provide support over the phone.
For more information, you can visit the website