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About the Wellbeing Foundation


The Wellbeing Foundation was formed in 2006 to address the parlous state of the mental health services in Ireland, to deal with specific issues faced by those who find themselves having to use these services, to carry out research and education programmes, and to provide assistance, resources and advice.

Mission Statement


Psychological distress is a valid human experience and no-one is immune. It has a cause, a context and a timeline. To call human suffering a disease, something pathological, is deluded. The biological model of psychological distress has no basis in science; it takes away from the equation between 'healer', sufferer and society the need for understanding, compassion, healing, prevention and social and political change. The medicalisation of problems of living has to stop. We have a collective duty of care to bring about the destruction of psychiatry in its present form.


Human beings are not unbreakable. Countless millions worldwide have been broken in mind and spirit by psychiatric practices; turned into zombies by years of hospitalisation, by lobotomies, by repeated shock 'treatments' and by years of medication. They have lived out their lives as institutionalised slaves, their inner light extinguished.


Instead of the biological-medical model of psychological distress, with its emphasis on brain chemistry as the 'cause' of 'illness', the Wellbeing Foundation approach is holistic, existential and humanitarian.


This humanitarian approach can usher in an era of prevention of mental distress, from which will follow a multitude of innovative changes.


These include, among many others, the creation of learning environments for our children which equip them with personal, emotional and interpersonal skills, which help them learn and know how to take personal responsibility for their minds and bodies, thus enabling them to live creatively and happily in their world. For those experiencing psychosocial distress in the present, it paves the way for crisis intervention centres, therapeutic communities, and various forms of psychological rehabilitation.


Central to the Wellbeing Foundation approach is the concept of human sustainability, which focuses on and embraces the unique response each individual makes to life's challenges, and the contribution which community and the ending of isolation can make to healing.





The Wellbeing Foundation

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..Psychotherapy & counselling ......................................................................


The Wellbeing Foundation does not directly provide psychotherapy, or any other clinical service.

To find a psychotherapist in your area, we recommend you use this website:

For people in the greater Dublin area, we also recommend the Institute of Psychosocial Medicine, where Dr Michael Corry and Dr Áine Tubridy had their practice. The telephone number is 01 2800084 and the website is http://ipmed.org


Please do not contact the Foundation for appointments. We do not make appointments on behalf of any provider.



Useful links & sources

In all cases, click the name of the organisation to go to their website in a new window


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

Email: [email protected]

Find a branch: Ireland N & S


1Life suicide helpline

1800 247 100


1800 833 634

Suicide or Survive
Tel 0402 41487


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

Email [email protected]

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.

Email [email protected]

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

Email: [email protected]


BLACK DOG: Aimed at men, this site provides much useful information on psychological health, with chatroom and discussion groups.

THOMAS MOORE: Moore is a health and public services journalist with a particular interest in depression and its treatment. Excellent resource.


SANE: Wide range of information and useful advice. Helpline not accessible from the Republic.

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.


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

E-mail: [email protected]

Crisis centres around Ireland here


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

E-mail: [email protected]


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.


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.


ALANON: Alcoholics Anonymous

For full list of contact details and locations, see here.


NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS: Irish organisation for recovering addicts.

Helplines are listed here


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.


WITHDRAWAL FROM SSRIs: Prof David Healy's protocols for slowly getting off antidepressants.

Other protocols:

Prof Heather Ashton on withdrawing from SSRI and benzodiazepine (e.g. Valium) cocktail.


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.