There 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: 1850 60 90 90 (cost of local call from landline)
Samaritans Ireland also offer a 24:7 text support service, 365 days a year, for anyone in emotional distress. This service is available nationwide. To receive the service, simply send an SMS text message to 087 2 60 90 90.
You may also find it useful to speak to someone on the 1Life telephone helpline on 1800 247 100.