This page is updated regularly.

Below please find a series of wellbeing and mental health supports, resources and programmes available during the COVID-19 alert.

Added on May 1st, 2020

Supports from Youth Work Ireland Galway

Please find below details on supports that Youth Work Ireland Galway are currently providing.
This may be useful for young people and also for families.
  • Counselling service – download here;
  • Let’s Chat Leaving Cert – download here;
  • Youth Work Ireland – Response to COVID-19 – download here.
Added on April 29th, 2020
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Helplink Mental Health

During the COVID-19 crisis Helplink are providing free counselling services, 7 days a week, to people who have been laid off work, people with addictions (gambling, alcohol and/or drugs) and Irish citizens returning home, stuck or living abroad.
Call 091 759887 or 0818 998880 during office hours or email helplinksupport@helplink.ie.
Find out more here.
Information and online resources can also be found on the new mindhacks.ie website.

Added on April 29th, 2020

In This Together Campaign

Galway City Highlights

Galway City Council and its partners on the Community Response Forum are offering a range of activities and resources as part of a new In This Together initiative, launched nationally by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Friday, April 24th. Highlights include:

Healthy Galway CityThe recently launched Healthy Galway City website www.healthygalwaycity.ie which acts as an information hub, signposting to reliable sources of health and wellbeing information, local programmes and events for Galway City.

The Galway City Council dedicated web page www.galwaycity.ie/stay-at-home-resources  which highlights resources to support the mind and body.

Find out more here.
Added on April 23rd, 2020

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Free Webinars

It can be hard to feel positive during this time of self-isolation, lockdown and cocooning, especially when the future seems uncertain. That’s why it’s important to focus on the things we can control rather than those we can’t.

The International Coaching Federation (ICF), Ireland, is running a series of free webinars each Wednesday lunchtime to help us to do just that. You can attend in listen mode only or ask questions if you prefer.
See more here.

Added on April 15th, 2020

Getting Through COVID-19 Together

Mental health and wellbeing initiative to
support people during COVID-19

The Department of Health and HSE, in collaboration with a range of cross-Government partners, have launched a mental health and wellbeing initiative that offers support and resources to help deal with the stress, anxiety and isolation currently experienced by many in Ireland during COVID-19.
Gov.ie/together is a new online resource that will offer advice to help people cope at home and that will promote the mental health supports and resources available on the HSE’s  YourMentalHealth.ie. Also, extra support is available in this period on the phone or online.

Added on April 15th, 2020

Stress Control Programme Online

HSE Health and Wellbeing are offering a free Stress Control programme online via Stresscontrol.org from the 13th April. This 3 week programme is free of charge to the public and delivered by Dr. Jim White, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Stress Control Ltd. It has never been more important for the public to have evidenced based supports from a trusted source, to help them manage and deal with the range of emotions individuals and families are experiencing at the moment.

The programme helps participants recognise the signs of stress. It covers topics including how stress affects our bodies and our thoughts. It teaches skills to overcome panicky feelings and tips to getting a good night’s sleep.

How to Participate
Click Stresscontrol.org and follow instructions about how to ‘Subscribe’  to Stress Control’s YouTube page.

You will then receive notifications when a new session is available.  You can also follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_BKErJ_jlSQHKFtHPCRmEctDtcNCCowB

  • See HSE website for the outline of the programme here.
  • Download the Stress Control Briefing Note here.
Added on April 10th, 2020


Minding our Mental Health During COVID-19

Mental Health Ireland has shared five simple actions we can all take to protect our mental health and maintain positive wellbeing during uncertain and challenging times. Check out more here.
Added on April 10th, 2020


Mindfulness Campaign and Free Online Events

To help those struggling during the COVID-19 alert, the Migraine Association of Ireland have put together a mindfulness campaign and are hosting free online events hoping reach out to anyone.

The events are held each Monday and Thursday over a four- week period and include stress and anxiety workshops, meditation, yoga and more.

Check the timetable in PDF format here and further details here.
Anyone is invited to join.

Added on April 15th, 2020

How to Keep Focused and Motivated

While Working From Home During COVID-19

Charities Careers Ireland CCI have put together a list of tips on how to keep focused and motivated and how to maintain your wellbeing while working from home during Covid-19.
Read more here.
Added on April 10th, 2020


Healthy Eating Resources from Safefood

Visit SafeFood here.

Below find a series of quick and healthy recipes for all:

  • The 101 Square Meals recipe book here 
  • Family meal plans for three weeks here
  • Healthy snack ideas here
  • 6 One Pot Dinners (How to make: Chicken casserole, Thai green chicken curry, Beef stew, Beef casserole, Chicken curry, Pork stir fry) here
  • 7 Easy recipes (How to make: porridge, an omelette, orange and carrot soup, beef stroganoff, chickpea and lentil curry, fish pie, banana bread) here
  • The recipe and list of ingredients are on each YouTube page and there is also a link at the bottom of the page that brings you onto the safefood recipe page: e.g. here

Added on April 15th, 2020

GRETB Community Education

The Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board GRETB have created a new YouTube channel called GRETB Community Education containing video tutorials including art, fitness, wellbeing, cookery, upcycling and much more. Visit the YouTube channel here.