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Some male-specific mental health services available.

There are several services available for people who are struggling with mental health. Unfortunately, there are not many specifically for men. I advise you refer to the referral list for Scotland or England (UK) to see if you can access the services there as well. Please remember that if you are in a serious case of emergency with suicidal thoughts, please contact 999 or the National Suicide Helpline (Pieta House) 1800 247 247.


EMERGENCY: 999 (24 hours 7 days a week)

Pieta House (Suicide & Self-harm)

National Suicide Helpline (Pieta House) 1800 247 247

The Pieta House centre for the prevention of self-harm or suicide has helped over 20,000 in Ireland suffering from mental illness. The group has eight centres nationwide. Three in Dublin (Finglas, Ballyfermot and Tallaght) as well as centres in Tipperary, Kerry, Limerick, Cork and Galway.



Helpline: 0808 808 8000

24 hour support for those in distress or despair.


The Samaritans telephone service is available 24 hours a day. Samaritans is a service that can be used either if your situation feels more urgent, or if you feel like all you need is a good chat. There are 20 branches of Samaritans in Ireland with volunteers ready to answer the phone if you feel overwhelmed. You can ring their helpline whether or not you have mental health issues, if you're worried about a friend, and even if you're under 18. All conversations with Samaritans are off the record, and there is no need to give them any personal details. There are different phone numbers for the different Samaritans branches. You can find your nearest Samaritans branch here.


GP and health centres

A GP can offer support for anyone in crisis. If possible, ask someone to come along with you. Find a service near you:

Hospital emergency services

Go to or call the emergency department of your local general hospital.


Aware (Depression & Bi-Polar Disorder)

Tel: 1800 80 48 48


Aware have a support line for anyone who is worried about depression, which operates from 10am to 10pm, seven days a week, as well as a support mail service.

Mental Health Ireland

Tel: 01 284 1166 (9am-5pm,Monday to Friday)

Mental Health Ireland  (MHI) is a national voluntary organisation established in 1966. Mental Health Ireland has 103 Mental Health Associations member organisations located in communities throughout Ireland.  We aim to promote positive mental health and wellbeing and actively support persons with a mental health condition and their families on their journey towards recovery.

Contact the ReachOut team at is a service dedicated to taking the mystery out of mental health. We aim to provide quality assured mental health information to help young people get through tough times.

Grow (Mental Health support and Recovery)

Tel: 1890 474 474

GROW is a Mental Health Organisation which helps people who have suffered, or are suffering, from mental health problems. Members are helped to recover from all forms of mental breakdown, or indeed, to prevent such happening. GROW, founded in Australia in 1957 by former mental sufferers, has a national network of over 130 Groups in Ireland. Its principal strength is the support members give each other from their own experience in matters to do with mental health.

British Psychological Society

Helpline: +44 (0)116 254 9568

The professional body for Psychologists in Northern Ireland. Click on the link to access a database of psychologists nationwide.


Helpline: 028 90402323

Support for people recovering from mental illness.


Get Help: Text 85258

Shout is the UK's first free 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It is a place to go for those struggling to cope and in need of immediate help. Shout exists in the US as 'Crisis Text Line', but this is the first time the tried and tested technology has come to the UK.

Northern Ireland Association For Mental Health (NIAMH)

Helpline: 028 9032 8474

Mental health and wellbeing support services in Northern Ireland.


Praxis Care

Helpline: 028 9023 4555

Confidential counselling service for a wide range of mental health issues.

Mojo: Creating Male Space*

Tel: 087 66 00 872 /

Mojo is for men who are in distress and affected by employment issues. They must be motivated to make changes to their lives. Many men attending Mojo are unemployed for a variety of reasons including: a lack of availability of jobs in their related fields, poor physical or mental health and providing care to a family member.

Irish Dads*  is a resource for separated, unmarried and divorced fathers and their children. It promotes equal and shared parenting for both fathers and mothers except if contrary to the children's best interests.  hopes to raise awareness of some of the invisible barriers or 'glass walls' that unmarried fathers are confronted with while trying to continue positive parenting roles and relationships with their children. These are often accompanied by limited, frustrated or inexistent access time. also aims to promote the active and meaningful involvement of fathers and the extended paternal family (grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins) in the children's lives.

Forever Fathers*

Forever Fathers is a support group for divorced, separated, and unmarried (non-resident) fathers founded by two community workers who are separated fathers. They found that, in contrast to women in the same situation, there were minimal supports available specifically for men, and that separation often results in a father not seeing his children. Homelessness, financial poverty, social alienation and isolation, depression, alcoholism, drug-taking, domestic abuse or suicide, are all part of the picture.

Movember Foundation -  Ireland*

Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, particularly prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men's suicide. The Movember Foundation runs the global Movember charity event, housed at The goal of Movember is to "change the face of men's health." By encouraging men (whom the charity refers to as "Mo Bros") to get involved, Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths. Besides annual check-ups, the Movember Foundation encourages men to find ways to take care of our mental health, and to check in with one another in order to reduce the rate of suicide in men. Visit the link to Ireland's Movember page to access vital information on these three key topics affecting men’s health today:



Alcoholics Anonymous

Helpline: +44 28 9043 4848

Support for people recovering from alcoholism.

Narcotics Anoymous

Helpline: 0300 999 1212

Support for people recovering from a drug addiction.



Helpline: 046 9023 718
Confidential helpline and support service for men experiencing domestic abuse.

Gay Switchboard Ireland

Helpline: 01-872 1055

Provides online chat and phone helpline and information for LGBT individuals, their family and friends.

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