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.
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 employers, education, transport and other sectors.
During COVID-19 the HSE wishes to assure you that your community mental health team will continue to provide care and treatment to ensure your recovery and wellbeing are maintained.
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.
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:
Women’s Aid can help you if you are experiencing emotional or physical domestic violence. You can call their 24 hour National Freephone Helpline on 1800 341 900.
Text service for Deaf and Hard of Hearing women available daily on 087 959 7980.
Online chat service available Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 7pm – 10pm at https://www.womensaid.ie/
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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 experiencing a crisis pregnancy. 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, Mon-Fri 9am – 8pm, Saturday 10am – 12 noon.
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, Mon-Fri, 10am-2pm.
Younger women may find it difficult to be at home and away from their friends and peers.
SpunOut offer a text message support service which is available 24 hours. Text SPUNOUT to 086 1800 280. Standard SMS rates may apply.
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 – 8pm, 7 days a week.
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 Monday to Friday 10am–5pm, and Saturday 10am–4pm
Some LGBTQI+ women may feel isolated from their peers and chosen family, or feel stuck in their homes with family members who do not support their sexuality or identity. 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 on HRT, binding, prescriptions and support groups on their website.
BelongTo Youth Workers are available to provide text, email and phone support for LGBT+ young people during this time of uncertainty.
Self Care App: 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Drugs.ie service directory can help you find the contact details for a local service so you can see what way they are operating during COVID-19. These times may change frequently.
There have been changes to AA meetings nationwide with many meetings now taking place online.
Narcotics Anonymous is a non-profit fellowship of women and men. Online meetings are available during COVID-19.
Narcotics Anonymous International also provide online supports. Find details of international online supports here.
SMART recovery is a non-faith based behaviour change support group. 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.
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.
HSE-funded, face-to-face unplanned pregnancy counselling services have moved their services to phone or remote support. They continue to provide the same level of service. You can find their contact details on myoptions.ie.
Abortion services will continue to be provided. During the current COVID-19 public health emergency, it may not be possible or suitable for you to attend a doctor in person to access abortion services. You can have your pre-abortion consultation by phone or video link with a doctor. Find out more information on myoptions.ie
Dublin Well Woman Centre provides support to women around crisis pregnancy, including Crisis or Unplanned Pregnancy Counselling, and After-Abortion Counselling. For the duration of the COVID19 crisis, these services have moved to a telephone basis, but are still being provided by their team of accredited counsellors. They also provide access to Early Medical Abortions for women.
The IFPA is committed to providing sexual and reproductive healthcare as far as possible during COVID-19, including Early Medical Abortion services and post abortion counselling.
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 email@example.com