Everyone finds things difficult from time to time. It is important to remember that there is always someone you can turn to for help. Below is a list of online and Cork-based supports which might be of use to you, a friend, or a family member.


If you or someone you know needs immediate help, take action and contact:

  1. Samaritans – Speak with Samaritans directly, they are a helpline and provide a free listening service. Phone: 116 123 (available 24 hours a day and free to call from Ireland).
  2. Pieta HousePieta House is a suicide prevention service. They offer counselling in centres around Ireland and have a 24/7 crisis helpline. Freephone 1800 247 247. Text help to 51444
  3. Accident and Emergency – Go to, or contact, the Accident and Emergency Department of your nearest general hospital if you are in immediate danger.

If you need immediate assistance, especially if someone is hurt or in danger call the emergency services straight away. Emergency services can be contacted at any time by dialing 999 or 112 in Republic of Ireland or 112 in Europe.

Resources and Supports

*Please note that the below list is not exhaustive.*

  • Text About It – 50808
    50808 is a free, anonymous, 24/7 messaging service providing everything from a calming chat to immediate support. 50808 provides a safe space where you’re listened to by a trained Volunteer. You’ll message back and forth, only sharing what you feel comfortable with. By asking questions, listening to you and responding with support, they will help you sort through your feelings until you both feel you are now in a calm, safe place.
  • Jigsaw
    Mental health support and advice to young people aged 12 to 25 years old and parents or concerned adults.
    Freephone 1800 544729 from 1pm to 5pm Monday to Friday.
    Text CALL ME to 086 180 3880 with your preferred day and time for a call.
    help@jigsaw.ie – replies 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
    Visit jigsaw.ie or jigsawonline.ie. Contact Jigsaw Cork at 0212452500 or cork@jigsaw.ie
  • Samaritans
    Emotional support to anyone in distress or struggling to cope.
    Freephone 116 123 every day 24 hours a day
  • Pieta House
    Telephone and text-based support counselling for people who are suicidal or engaging in self-harm.
    Freephone 1800 247 247 every day 24 hours a day
    Text HELP to 51444 – standard message rates apply
    Visit pieta.ie
  • Crisis Text Line Ireland
    Confidential messaging support service
    Text TALK to 086 1800 280 every day 24 hours a day – standard message rates apply.
  • Mental Health Ireland
    Information and support for people who experience mental health difficulties
    Information line 01 284 1166 from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
    Visit mentalhealthireland.ie
  • Shine
    A national organisation providing information and support for people affected by mental health difficulties and their families.
    Shine Cork Resource Centre
    14A Washington Street, Cork, T12 K376 – Phone: 021 422 6064
    Information and Support Officer (Cork) – Emily Daly – Mobile: 086 852 5755 – Email: south@shine.ie


  • Bodywhys
    BodywhysConnect – online support groups for adults with eating disorders.
    YouthConnect – online support groups for young people aged 13-18.
    Helpline 01 2107906 Monday, Wednesday and Sunday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm and Saturday from 10.30am to 12.30pm
    Visit bodywhys.ie


  • BeLonG To Youth Services 
    Support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI+) young people in Ireland.
    Text LGBTI+ to 086 1800 280 to chat confidentially with a trained crisis volunteer anytime – standard SMS rates may apply.
    Information, referral and advice is available by email, SMS, phone call or video conference.
    Visit belongto.org for more information
  • LGBT Ireland
    LGBT+ helpline 1890 929 539 every day
    Gender identity family support line 01 907 3707
    Online instant messaging support 6.30pm to 10pm Monday to Thursday, 4pm to 10pm Friday and 4pm to 6pm Saturday and Sunday.
    info@lgbt.ie for support or information
    Visit lgbt.ie
  • TENI – Transgender Equality Network of Ireland TENI works to advance the rights and equality, and improve the lives of trans people and their families. There are a range of supports, information, and resources on their website.


  • Childline
    Ireland’s 24-hour national listening service for young people up to the age of 18.
    Freephone 1800 666 666 any time.
    Text 50101 from 10am to 4pm every day.
    Chat online at childline.ie anytime
  • Teenline 
    The ISPCC operates Teenline, a national active listening service for children and young people up to the age of 18 in Ireland. The service is free to contact and is confidential, non-directive and non-judgmental.
    Teenline can be contacted 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by calling 1800 833 634.


  • Sexual Violence Centre Cork 
    The freephone number is 1800 496 496 for those calling from the Cork area. 
    You can also contact the Centre by texting us on 087 1533 393, emailing info@sexualviolence.ie or through social media.
  • Women’s Aid 
    Support for victims of domestic abuse and violence
    Freephone 1800 341 900 24 hours, 7 days a week
  • Cork Domestic Violence Project
    One to one support and counselling service for women who are experiencing domestic violence.
    Tel: (021) 4275678
  • Cuanlee Refuge
    Provides safe and secure crisis accommodation for women and children experiencing domestic abuse.
    24 hour service, open 365 days.
    Helpline : 021 4277 698 Visit cuanleerefuge.org
  • Male Advice Line
    For men experiencing domestic abuse and violence
    Freephone 1800 816 588


  • Alone
    Support line for older people.
    Phone 0818 222 024 8am to 8pm everyday.
    Visit alone.ie
  • Senior Line
    Confidential listening service for older people provided by trained older volunteers.
    Call 1800 804 591 from 10am to 10pm everyday
    Visit thirdageireland.ie
  • Elder Abuse Helpline
    For older people experiencing abuse and violence
    Low Call 1850 24 1850


  • Irish Hospice Foundation
    A freephone bereavement support line providing information, connection, comfort and support.
    Phone 1800 807 077 Monday to Friday from 10am to 1pm.
    Visit hospicefoundation.ie for more information


  • Aware
    Information and support to anyone over 18. Support for those with difficulties relating to mood or the mood of a friend or family member, or who has depression or bipolar.
    Freephone support line 1800 80 48 48 10am to 10pm every day
    Visit aware.ie


  • HSE Drug and Alcohol Line
    Drug and alcohol information and support. Freephone support line 1800 459 459 9.30am to 5.30pm


  • MABS
    Money, advice and budgeting service. Telephone 076 107 2000 Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm or email cork@mabs.ie