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Alcohol Abuse
Alcoholics Anonymous
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 9.30am - 5.00pm (open through lunch)
Telephone:  (01) 4538998

Alcoholics Anonymous hold a meeting at UCD Belfield on Monday evenings at 08.30pm. These meetings take place in Room G215 in the Newman Building. 


The purpose of Al-Anon is to help families and friends of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with the problem drinking of a relative or friend in an anonymous environment.   The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of alcoholism in a relative or friend.  Support groups run locally.

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Social Anxiety Ireland
Provide information on social anxiety. Run regular groups as well as a forum for people experiencing social anxiety.

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Bethany Bereavement Support Groups
Telephone: 01-4943142

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Anti-bullying Centre
The Centre has information packs available, containing materials about bullying/harassment. For further information on these packs see either the School or Work sections of this website or contact them directly at:
Telephone: 01 884 2012

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Aware is a national voluntary organisation providing support through depression. Services include support groups nationwide, a loCall Helpline open 365 days a year (both services available to individuals with depression and also family members and friends), depression awareness and information talks and seminars, and a free information service. For more information call 01 661 7211 or email

Students Against Depression
Provides information for students on recognising depression and what to do about it.

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Domestic Abuse
Women's Aid
The Women's Aid National Free phone Helpline offers confidential information, advice, support and understanding to women who are being physically, sexually or mentally abused in their own homes. The Helpline also acts as a referral to refuge, counselling services, solicitors, legal aid and other agencies, both statutory and voluntary, which are helpful to women experiencing abuse within a relationship. This service is available free to all women in the Republic of Ireland.
Open 7 days a week from 10am to 10pm
Telephone: 1800 341 300

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Drug Abuse
Narcotics Anonymous
(Narcotics Anonymous)
A group of recovering addicts who have found a way to live without the use of drugs. It costs nothing to be a member, the only requirement is a desire to stop using.
Telephone: 01 6728000

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Eating Disorders
Bodywhys is the Irish National Charity, which offers support, information and understanding for people with eating disorders, their families and friends.
Admin Line: 01-2834963 Helpline No: 1890 200 444

Overeaters Anonymous
Runs support groups for people with eating difficulties.
Telephone: 01 2788106

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Financial Debt
MABS (Budgeting)
MABS is a national free, confidential and independent service for people in debt or in danger of getting into debt.
Telephone (01) 6706555/ 6704331

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Gamblers Anonymous

Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who have joined together to do something about their own gambling problem and to help other compulsive gamblers do the same. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop gambling.
Telephone: Dublin (01) 8721133 or Cork on (087) 2859552.
You can speak to a GA member from 10.00am to 12.00am Mon-Fri by ringing the Dublin Number (01) 8721133. Outside of these hours listen to the recording -- You will get phone details of a GA member who you can speak to between 7.00pm and 10.00pm each day.

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Threshold was founded in 1978 and is a not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to secure a right to housing, particularly for households experiencing the problems of poverty and exclusion. Information includes useful guidelines on renting accommodation.
Telephone 01 678 6096

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Mental Health


Offers comprehensive information on mental health issues affecting young people.

Mental Health Ireland
Mental Health Ireland aims to promote positive mental health and to actively support persons with a mental illness, their families and carers by identifying their needs and advocating their rights.
Telephone: 01 284 1166


Shine is the national organisation dedicated to upholding the rights and addressing the needs of all those affected by enduring mental illness including, but not exclusively, schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder and bi-polar disorder.  Shine offers support groups for individuals and their families, counselling and have a range of information resources online. Telephone 1890 621 631


Grow run support groups for people who have experienced or are currently experiencing mental health problems.  Tel: 1890 474 474


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Student-to-Student Support. Niteline is a confidential, anonymous, non-judgemental, non-directive telephone listening service that is run by and for students of UCD, TCD, RCSI, NCAD, DCU and NUI Maynooth.
Phone: 1800 793 793
Mon (9.00 pm – 1.30 am)
Thurs – Sun (9.00pm – 2.30 am)

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Information on OCD, compulsive hair-pulling and body dysmorphia. Run support groups for individuals with these concerns, and support groups for families also.

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One Family

One Family offer support, information and services to all members of all one-parent families, to those experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and to those working with one-parent families.  It offers support groups for parents, parenting courses, counselling and has a telephone helpline. 

Telephone: 01-6629212 or Helpline 1890 662212

Parent line
For over twenty years, Parentline has provided a completely confidential helpline for parents and guardians.
Parents phone Parentline with all sorts of problems. There is no typical call. Calls come from parents of new born babies, toddlers, pre-teens and teenagers - children of all ages. All ages offer different challenges.
Telephone: 1890 927277

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Samaritans are available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide.
Telephone 1850 60 90 90

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Self-harm & Suicide
Pieta House - Centre for the Prevention of Self-Harm or Suicide, provides information to communities on suicide prevention, offers counselling to individuals who are self-harming or suicidal and offers support to family members affected by suicide.
Telephone: 01-6010000

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Sexual Abuse/Assault
National Counselling Service
The National Counselling Service offers free counselling to anyone over 18 who experienced abuse or trauma in childhood.
Freephone 1800 234 111 (for Dublin South)

Rape Crisis Centre
Dublin Rape Crisis Centre offer a confidential, 24-hour telephone helpline, 7 days a week staffed by trained counsellors who are available to listen to you and any concerns you may have in regard to issues of rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment or childhood sexual abuse.
Although the Centre is based in Dublin, counsellors take calls from all over the country and every call is dealt with in confidence and with respect and understanding.
Freephone 1800 778888

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Sexual Health
Irish Family Planning Association
The IFPA offers a comprehensive range of services specifically designed to promote sexual health and to support reproductive choice. Their services and facilities are oriented to the needs of women and young people in particular and include crisis pregnancy counselling, information, education and medical services.
IFPA National Pregnancy Helpline 1850 49 50 51

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Gay Switchboard
GSD's core service is provided via telephone. They provide non-directive, non-judgmental, befriending, support and a general information service to the gay, lesbian and bisexual community, to anyone who has issues relating to their sexuality, to their parents, families and friends.
Telephone 01-8721055

BeLonG To

BeLonG To is an organisation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered young people between the ages of 14 and 23.  BeLonG To run social and supportive groups in Dublin and have a range of online resources for LGBT young people and their parents.                                                                                                                                                                          Telephone 01-670 6223

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Victims of Crime

Victim Support

Victim Support aims to proved practical advice and emotional support to victims of crime.  Tel. 1850 661 771