Helplines for survivors of mother-and-baby homes.
The Heath Service Executive's National Counselling Service is available Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 5pm. Former residents of mother-and-baby homes can call the service directly.
Details of the service for each area are below:
Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim – 1800 234 119
Galway, Mayo and Roscommon – 1800 234 114
Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary – 1800 234 115
Cork, Kerry, Cork and Kerry – 1800 234 116
Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny, Carlow and South Tipperary – 1800 234 118
South Dublin, South East Dublin, and East Wicklow – 1800 234 111
Dublin South, Kildare and West Wicklow, South West Dublin, Kildare and West Wicklow – 1800 234 112
Midlands: Laois, Offaly, Longford and Westmeath – 1800 234 113
Louth, Meath, Cavan and Monaghan – 1800 234 117
Dublin North and Dublin north city – 1800 234 110
Outside of office hours, Connect Counselling provides telephone support. This service is available between 6pm and 10pm each day every day on 1800 477 477.
The HSE has also set up a new webpage with information specifically for former residents of mother-and-baby homes.
Additional mental health supports provided/funded by the HSE are also available to former residents. Details of these supports are available on http://www.yourmentalhealth.ie.
For people living in the UK, there are a number of organisations that offer support to survivors:
Immigrant Counselling & Psychotherapy (ICAP) - 0207 272 7906, http://www.icap.org.uk
The London Irish Centre - 0207 916 2222, http://www.londonirishcentre.org
Irish Community Services - 0208 854 4466, http://www.irishcommunityservices.org
Leeds Irish Health and Homes - 0113 262 5614, http://www.lihh.org
For people based in the United States, the Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers can be contacted for support.
Contact details for local centres can be found here... https://ciic-usa.org/find-your-local-irish-center/