In all cases, click the name of the organisation to go to their website in a new window
Find Wellbeing audio podcasts here
Video podcasts here
Renew is a caring community of equals, each with vital characteristics to contribute to the good of all. It is dedicated to helping those who suffer psychosocial distress return to greater and greater levels of wellbeing.
Renew has three groups at present:
Bray Group: Doug Ross
Tel 087 2242596
Sligo group: Michael Roberts
tel 087 1378077
Athlone group: Dara White
Tel 086 8041625
Slí Eile Housing Association: The aim of the Slí Eile approach to recovery through community living is to provide another way of supporting people to recover from their experience of mental distress.
The Samaritans provide dedicated help 24/7 to anyone with a problem which is getting them down; also to friends or family who be concerned about someone they know, and a wealth of information to explode the many myths about suicide.
Ireland 1850 60 90 90
Northern Ireland 08457 90 90 90
Find a branch: Ireland N & S
1Life suicide helpline
1800 247 100
1800 833 634
Suicide or Survive
Tel 0402 41487
. Depression.. .................
GROW is an alliance of people who suffer or who have suffered from 'mental illness'. Local groups provide a welcoming and helpful environment which supports the process of regaining wellness.
Infoline: 1890 474 474
BLACK DOG: Aimed at men, this site provides much useful information on psychological health, with chatroom and discussion groups.
SANE: Wide range of information and useful advice. Helpline not accessible from the Republic.
SAMARITANS: First recourse for anyone suicidally depressed. Do nothing! Call the Samaritans first! See Suicide above for phone numbers, or email email@example.com.
. Panic & Anxiety.............
PANIC ATTACKS: Useful Australian site.
ADAA: Online home of the US-based Anxiety Disorders Association of America.
PODCASTS: Download Aine Tubridy's emergency drills and anti-panic techniques from the Wellbeing Foundation.
. Eating disorders............
ICEBERG ED: This is a self-help site set up by the Marino Therapy Centre on Dublin's north side, with forums, discussions and tips and a huge range of resources to help with this dangerous set of conditions.
MARINO THERAPY CENTRE: We strongly recommend this centre for its long experience and high success rate in treating eating distress and eating disorders. Multi-language site includes Russian, Polish, French and German as well as English.
. Sexual abuse ................
RAPE CRISIS NETWORK: Site of national network with help and extensive information including links to other organisations and agencies.
DRCC: Dublin Rape Crisis Centre. Provides contact details, help and resources for victims of abuse, rape, and other sex crimes.
Helpline: 1 800 778 888
Crisis centres around Ireland here
. Bullying ........................
ANTI-BULLYING CENTRE: The Anti-Bullying Centre at Trinity College, Dublin. Excellent resource for victims of bullying, and the centre provides guidance and counselling.
Tel: 01 896 2573 or 896 3488
BULLY ONLINE: Tim Field runs this UK site, the world's largest resource on workplace bullying and related issues — another excellent resource covering all forms of bullying and what to do about it.
CHILD BULLYING: The school bullying section of Bully Online. Important resource to help deal with school or peer bullying and empower victims. Important new section on bullycide — children driven to suicide by school bullying.
EQUALITY AUTHORITY: This agency has a role in relation both to workplace and school bullying. Workplace bullying may breach your equality rights, so call the EA for help. The Authority has initiatives in respect particularly of homophobic bullying in schools.
BELONG TO: BeLonGTo is an organisation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) young people, aged between 14 and 23. Information and advice on a range of matters including gender-related bullying.
. Self harm .... ....................
REACH OUT: Information on many issues to do with mental wellness, including self-harm, anxiety, panic and others. Ten per cent of Irish teens self-harm.
NSHN: British National Self Harm Network.
. Substance abuse................
ALANON: Alcoholics Anonymous
For full list of contact details and locations, see here.
NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS: Irish organisation for recovering addicts.
Helplines are listed here
NA BRITAIN: Narcotics Anonymous in England. Scotland and Wales.
Helpline: 0300 999 12 12
. SSRIs & other medication ..
WITHDRAWAL FROM SSRIs: Prof David Healy's protocols for getting off antidepressants slowly.
Prof Heather Ashton on withdrawing from SSRI and benzodiazepine (e.g. Valium) cocktail.
Download the ICARUS PROJECT guide to slow withdrawal from anti-psychotics and other drugs.
DRUG AWARENESS: International Coalition for Drug Awareness. Hugely helpful website run by Dr Ann Blake Tracy, with a wealth of information on drug dangers and on alternative approaches.
ANTIDEPRESSANTS FACTS: An extensive source of information on the side-effects and safety of SSRIs. Features research, articles, studies, personal experiences, views of doctors plus a range of links to further sources. Comprehensive directory on antidepressants, side effects, papers, articles, books, and doctors.
PSYCHIATRIC DRUG FACTS: Peter Breggin MD's extensive library of material on all psychiatirc drugs and their effects.
SSRI STORIES: A collection of 3700+ news stories with the full media article available, mainly criminal in nature, that have appeared in the media (newspapers, TV, scientific journals) or that were part of testimony at FDA hearings in which antidepressants are mentioned.
WOODY MATTERS: A beautiful memorial and informational site developed by Kim Witczak, who lost her husband Woody to an SSRI-induced self-killing. Here you will find research on and knowledge about these drugs all in one place. Kim says that no one should have to experience what her friends and family did. Be smart. Be informed. Avoid these drugs.
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