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Support Services – Useful Information & Contact Details

This is a list of organisations which can help people deal with a range of issues. We are giving you this information in case you have any further questions about some of the issues raised during the survey.

If you have any questions about your participation in Growing Up in Ireland, please email growingup@cso.ie.

General

Citizens Information - provides free information and advice on a range of issues including employment rights. Phone 0818 07 4000, www.citizensinformation.ie

Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) is the state’s money advice service, guiding people through dealing with problem debt for more than 20 years. MABS is free, confidential, and independent. Phone 0818 07 2000, helpline@mabs.ie, www.mabs.ie

Threshold, a national housing charity provides free, independent, and confidential advice and support to renters. Phone 1800 454 454, www.threshold.ie

One Family is a helpline for people parenting alone, sharing parenting and for those separating. Phone 0818 662 212, email info@onefamily.ie, www.onefamily.ie

LGBT Helpline is a national support service for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people, their families and friends. Phone 1800 929 539, email info@lgbt.ie , www.lgbt.ie

Addiction

The HSE Drugs and Alcohol Helpline provides a free confidential place where you can talk through your concerns about drugs or alcohol. Phone 1800 459 459, email helpline@hse.ie

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. Phone 01 842 0700, email gso@alcoholicsanonymous.iewww.alcoholicsanonymous.ie

Al-Anon offers understanding and support for families and friends of problem drinkers in an anonymous environment. Phone 01 873 2699, email info@alanon.ie

Gamblers Anonymous (G.A.) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem. Email info@gamblersanonymous.ie , www.gamblersanonymous.ie

Physical & Mental Health

The Samaritans is a 24 hour a day, 365 days a year support service for anyone who is experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those who have thoughts of suicide and want someone to talk to. Phone 116 123, email jo@samaritans.ie, www.samaritans.org/ireland/samaritans-ireland

Text About it is an anonymous text messaging service, funded by the HSE, that can help you deal with a wide variety of issues such as anxiety, depressions, relationships, grief, self-harm, drug and alcohol misuse, isolation, loneliness, suicide and sadness. Text HELLO to 50808 to start a conversation.

Pieta House offers a specialised treatment programme for people who have suicidal ideation or who participate in self-harming behaviours. Phone 1800 247 247, text HELP to 51444, email info@pieta.ie, www.pieta.ie

Aware is the national mental health organisation providing free support, education and information to those impacted by depression, bipolar disorder and related mood conditions. Phone 1800 80 48 48, email supportmail@aware.ie, www.aware.ie

Bodywhys is the national voluntary organisation supporting people affected by eating disorders. Phone 01 210 7906, email alex@bodywhys.ie, www.bodywhys.ie

My Options is a HSE freephone line that provides free and confidential information and counselling to people experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. Phone 1800 828 010, https://www2.hse.ie/services/unplanned-pregnancy/support-services

HSE National Counselling Service is a service which provides free face to face, phone and video counselling services to adults who experienced childhood abuse or neglect. Self-referrals are accepted. Find regional contact details here: www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/4/mental-helath-services/national-counselling-service/contact-us

Crime

TUSLA is Ireland’s Child & Family Agency. If you have reasonable grounds for concern that a child may have been, is being, or is at risk of being abused or neglected you can report them to a local social worker - https://www.tusla.ie/children-first/contact-a-social-worker3

Women’s Aid provides support services for female victims of domestic abuse, such as a helpline, refuge referral and court accompaniment. Phone 1800 341 900 (24/7), email helpline@womensaid.ie, www.womensaid.ie

Men’s Aid provides support services for male victims of domestic abuse, such as a helpline, counselling, and court accompaniment. Phone 01 5543811, email hello@mensaid.ie, www.mensaid.ie

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre offer a free national helpline for anyone who has been raped, sexually assaulted, sexually harassed or sexually abused at any time in their lives. Phone 1800 77 88 88 (24/7), email info@rcc.ie, www.drcc.ie