2021 has been another difficult year for many, and we are now facing into a second Christmas clouded with uncertainty over the Covid-19 pandemic.

While Christmas may offer a welcome distraction for many people, for others Christmas is a tough and lonely time of year.

Always remember though, there is support out there if you need it.


Whatever you are going through, Samaritans can help

Free phone: 116 123
24 hours a day, 365 days a year



If you or an older person you know needs support

0818 222 024



Talking makes us stronger

Free phone: 1800 66 66 66

Free text: 50101


Text 50808

50808 is a free, anonymous, 24/7 messaging service providing everything from a calming chat to immediate support.

Texting 50808 is free on all major networks (Vodafone, Eir, Three, Gomo, Tesco & Virgin). Customers of 48, An Post & Clear Mobile should use 0861800280 - standard SMS charges may apply to the 086 number.


Mental health support and advice for young people aged 12 to 25

Supports include a live chat, live group chats, and a forum for asking questions.


Irish Hospice Foundation

Bereavement support line

1800 80 70 77
Monday to Friday from 10am to 1pm


Women's Aid

Listening. Believing. Supporting

Free phone: 1800 341 900
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Instant messaging service:
Monday to Friday 10am – 1pm and 7pm to 10pm
Saturday 12pm to 3pm and 7pm to 10pm.
Sunday 11am – 1pm and 7pm to 10pm.


Men's Aid Ireland

Supporting men experiencing domestic violence

01 554 3811


Dublin Rape Crisis Centre

Support for anyone affected by sexual violence, at any time

Free phone: 1800 77 88 88
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

A webchat service is open Monday to Friday, 10am-2pm



Support for people affected by depression

Free phone: 1800 80 48 48
Monday to Sunday 10am-10pm


Pieta House

For people at risk of suicide and self-harm

Free phone: 1800 247 247
Text HELP to 51444


Mental health support services

The HSE's full list of support services