School and crèche closures have put extra pressure on many women to look after their families and loved ones, this can be especially challenging for lone parents. Women in abusive relationships may be worried about their safety. Older women may be especially concerned about their health.
These circumstances can all impact our mental health. You may notice your anxiety increase, you may feel stressed, irritable, helpless or have trouble sleeping. Even though it might be difficult right now it is important to look after your own mental health.
There are many things you can do to mind your mental health during times like this.
Keep up a healthy routine to your best ability during this time can be helpful. This might include:
Do you need to talk to someone now? Free call Samaritans on 116 123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The constant stream of social media updates and news reports about coronavirus could cause you to feel worried. Sometimes it can be difficult to separate facts from rumours. Use trustworthy and reliable sources to get your news. You can find reliable information and updates on COVID-19 here:
Updates from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre including guidance for healthcare workers and vulnerable groups.
The HSE has translated public health information into 27 languages other than English and Irish, including but not limited to Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Farsi, Hindi and Polish.
Your GP can be your first contact if you have concerns about your mental health.
St Patrick’s Mental Health Services have introduced a new homecare service for anyone referred for inpatient care, which will be delivered remotely to people in their homes. St Patrick’s Mental Health Services is an independent, not-for-profit mental health service provider.
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For many reasons, the home is often not a safe place for women experiencing domestic abuse, and this may be heightened during COVID-19. For women feeling worried about the impact of COVID-19 on emergency plans and their safety at home there are a number of supports available:
Providing free and confidential support to women experiencing domestic violence, family and friends and professionals supporting victims of abuse.
Women’s Aid can help you if you are experiencing emotional or physical domestic violence.
National Freephone Helpline, call 24 hours on 1800 341 900.
Text service for Deaf and Hard of Hearing women available daily on 087 959 7980.
National Helpline Instant Messaging Service available on www.womensaid.ie 7 nights a week from 7pm to 10pm. Additional hours during the Covid19 crisis include Monday to Friday 10am – 1pm and Saturday 12pm to 3pm and Sunday 11am – 1pm. This service is run by a dedicated group of trained volunteers.
The National 24-Hour Freephone Rape Crisis Helpline 1800 77 88 88 will remain open for those who need to access crisis counselling and support.
Dublin Rape Crisis Centre are adjusting how they deliver their services during COVID-19.
Many women may be under added pressure to provide care for their families and older people during this time. This can cause anxiety and stress. It is important to look after your own mental health as well as your family’s health during this time.
OneFamily has a helpline for people parenting alone, sharing parenting, separating, or separating. Call 1890 66 2212 or 01 662 9212 or email email@example.com
Care Alliance Ireland have set up an online family carer support group on Facebook. Please note you will need a Facebook account to access this private group. Join the support group here.
Family Carers Ireland offers a confidential, friendly and supportive Careline. Freephone 1800 24 07 24
Barnardos has launched a national telephone support service for parents in response to the challenges they are facing during the Covid-19 pandemic. This service will be staffed by Barnardos project workers who are trained professionals. Call 1800 910 123, 10am-2pm, Monday to Friday.
Younger women may find it difficult to be at home and away from their friends and peers.
JigsawOnline provides mental health information for young people, their parents and guardians, and those who work with young people.
Call 1800 JIGSAW (544729), Monday to Friday, 1pm- 5pm
Text 086 180 3880, text “call me” with your preferred day and time for a call, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, you can email anytime, and clinicians will be responding from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
BodyWhysConnect is a free, online support group currently offered to people with eating disorders aged 19 years and over. Find out more information here.
YouthConnect is a free, online support group currently offered to people with eating disorders aged 13-18 years. Find out more information here.
SeniorLine is a FREEPHONE National confidential listening service for older people. Older callers can call free between 10am and 10pm every day of the year on 1800 804 591.
ALONE have launched a COVID-19 support line for older people, working in collaboration with the Department of Health and the HSE. Phone 0818 222 024 from 8am to 8pm.
Alzheimer National Helpline has a free Dementia Nurse and Dementia Adviser call-back service to deal with increased need during COVID-19 crisis. Call 1800 341 341.
Some LGBTQI+ women may feel isolated from their peers and chosen family. They might feel scared and anxious about the future.
LGBT Ireland have a helpline for LGBT people who need support. Call 1800 929 539 or visit www.lgbt.ie (They also offer a trans support line on 3rd Sunday of each month, 6pm - 9pm).
TENI have information for members of the transgender community on their website.
BelongTo offers personal support for LGBTI+ young people from 14-23 years. BelongTo services are free and confidential and include informal one-on-one chat service, professional counselling and a drugs and alcohol support service.
BodyWhys is the national voluntary organisation supporting people affected by eating disorders.
This is a support app for people with eating disorders and people who care for them. Find out more information and download the app here.
Together for Cancer Concern has been launched by the National Cancer Control Programme, the Irish Cancer Society, and Cancer Care West to build a virtual community of care for people who are struggling with the emotional and psychological effects of living with cancer during this very challenging and uncertain time.
The free service is available from anywhere in Ireland and can be accessed through the Irish Cancer Society’s Supportline Freephone 1800 200 700.
The HSE has a confidential freephone helpline for those seeking support, information, guidance and referral on anything to do with substance use and alcohol. You can phone the helpline on 1800 459 459 from Monday to Friday between 9:30 am and 5:30 pm or email them on email@example.com
The Drugs.ie service directory can help you find the contact details for local support services.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a non-profit fellowship of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem
Narcotics Anonymous International also provide online supports.
SMART Recovery Online (SROL) is an online community where individuals with addiction, their Family & Friends, and other specialized audiences can interact with SMART Recovery volunteers and each other to aid in overcoming addiction.
Abortion services will continue to be provided.
You need to have a pre-abortion consultation before having an abortion. You can have this consultation over the phone or by video link. This is a temporary change during the coronavirus outbreak. If the doctor needs to see you in person, they will tell you.
HSE face-to-face services may not be available during the coronavirus outbreak. You may still be able to access counselling over the phone during this time. Please contact any of the services listed on the HSE website for further information. You can find their contact details here.
HSE My Options provides support and information for those experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. The service continues to operate as normal during this time. Freephone 1800 828 010 or visit myoptions.ie.
Dublin Well Woman Centre provides support to women around crisis pregnancy, including Crisis or Unplanned Pregnancy Counselling, and After-Abortion Counselling. They also provide access to Early Medical Abortions for women. Some of their services are still on hold and many of their appointments are now be telephone, but they have resumed most of our essential services in each of their clinics.
The Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) is Ireland’s leading sexual health charity, providing sexual and reproductive healthcare, including Early Medical Abortion services and post abortion counselling.
To protect the health and safety of their clients and staff, IFPA have made important changes to the ways they deliver care.
Find out what IFPA services are available and how to contact them here.
To support women and girls who are experiencing an unintended pregnancy or a pregnancy that has become a crisis during the Covid19 pandemic, the IFPA has launched a series of videos to assist women who need abortion care.
If your organisation is offering supports for women or has resources relevant to women during COVID-19 please email them to Silke at firstname.lastname@example.org