Telephone help

Office phone Inspire IrelandThere are a number of organisations that have helplines you can call or even text if you need to talk to someone without being face-to-face. It’s a safe and confidential way to talk through your problems.

Many of these helplines offer 24 hour services if you’ re ever in crisis. If you need to talk to someone outside of your family or friends, or if you need someone to listen at 4am, this can be a really good way to get some support.

Just like online help, talking to someone on the phone or by text might not be the right solution for everyone or every issue, but it’s good to be aware that these services are there if you need them. Two helplines you can try are listed below, but there are many others. 


Phone: 116 123 (landline and mobile calls are free from Ireland)

Samaritans Ireland also offer an email service,


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  1. Olivia Harris says:

    Great site

  2. ReachOut says:

    Hi Cate,

    We’re not actually aware of any text service specifically for depression.

    Childline offer a text service to people under 18 years of age. By texting the word "Talk" to 50101, you can talk to trained staff or volunteers about anything you like and anything that might be troubling you. It's free to text, and they are open from 6pm – 10pm every evening except Thursdays and Saturdays, when it is open from 2pm to 10pm.

    1Life have a text service, which is of particular relevance to people who are feeling very low, have had suicidal thoughts or are self-harming or who want to discuss any problems in relation to suicide. Text ‘help’ to 51444.

    We do know of email services, where you can get support for depression via email and if you like we can give some more information about those?

    If anyone knows of a helpful text service for depression, let us know.

    Take care Cate,

  3. cate says:

    i wud like more info on text service for depression please

  4. reachout says:

    Hi Paul
    We're really sorry to hear about your situation. That's a big change and it's perfectly understandable that you're finding it difficult.

    Times like this it's very important to talk to someone you can trust about how you're feeling and don't bottle it up. A close friend or family member could be helpful but also that's not for everyone so talking to a counsellor could really help.

    When a reltionship breaks down it can seem easier to not be in touch with people that you used to be as you are not longer that couple but be sure to try to not cut yourself off from everyone you know.

    It can sound like simple common sense but making sure you look after yourself at this time is important as it's a huge lifestyle change you are going through.
    Take care Paul

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