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Mental Health Supports

Directory of Mental Health & Wellbeing Supports, Services and Networks

UCD is committed to the creation of a work environment where every employee can feel supported no matter what issues they may be facing in life and where mental health and wellbeing is promoted. UCD recognises that life can be demanding and we always strive to support employees’ wellbeing. This is particularly true for the situation that employees now find themselves in as a result of COVID-19.  We may be facing some challenges associated with caring responsibilities, working remotely and being unable to socialise and interact in person with colleagues, friends and family. It is important to remember to take care of your mental health and wellbeing, particularly in a time of uncertainty, stress and isolation.

Please reach out and seek support if you require it. This directory of supports lists those provided within UCD and some national supports. 

UCD Supports

  • 24/7/365 free & confidential support service dedicated to assisting UCD employees and family members in dealing with personal and work-related issues
  • Immediate in the moment support and referral to counselling and online cognitive behavioural therapy, where appropriate
  • Wellbeing platform delivering expert content on metal wellbeing, fitness and nutrition

What can the EAS help with?

Employee

  • Depression, anxiety, stress
  • Greif & bereavement
  • Relationship & marital problems
  • Work stress & work-life balance issues
  • Workplace conflict & communications
  • Life transitions

Line Manager

  • Guidance and expertise when approaching employee issues where there is an emotional component
  • Provide guidance in recognising problems and support in dealing with difficult employees and complex issues
  • Support for managers managing change, helping employees with issues, breaking bad news
  • Referring team members to the EAS

Reach out to your EAS today for advice: 

  • Freephone IRE: 1800 814 243
  • WhatsApp/SMS: Text ‘Hi’ to 087 369 0010

Find out more: www.ucd.ie/engage/employeerelations/employeeassistanceservice/

UCD’s EAS is operated by Spectrum Life, one of Irelands largest providers of employee assistance services.

  • Non-judgemental, support and information for employees on a strictly confidential basis 
  • Contact any of the 15 trained group members to chat and find out more about supports that are available 
  • Please e-mail the person you wish to make contact with in the first instance to agree a time to meet (online or face-to-face)

Find out more: https://www.ucd.ie/equality/support/mentalhealth/mentalhealthfirstaidcovid19/

  • A dedicated Support Service for those who have been impacted by incidences of bullying, harassment and /or sexual misconduct
  • Trained team of advisers available to offer a confidential listening ear and support, outline the options and help identify the next steps 
  • Drop-in, email or call the service to access support

Find out more: https://www.ucd.ie/dignityandrespect/

  • The Contact Persons acts as a listening ear and provides non-directive and non-judgemental support and information to employees experiencing difficulties of a bullying, harassment and/or sexual harassment nature on a strictly confidential basis.
  • Contact any of the 15 trained members to find out more information on the range of informal options and supports available and also for a explanation of the formal procedures to report such incidents.
  • Please e-mail the person you wish to make contact with in the first instance to agree a time to meet (online or face-to-face)


Find out more: https://www.ucd.ie/dignityandrespect/supports/dignityrespectcontactpersons/

Non-UCD Supports

Mental Health Services

The HSE provides a list of available local services on their website. 

https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/4/mental-health-services/

Text about it 50808

50808 is a free, anonymous, 24/7 messaging service providing everything from a calming chat to immediate support. 50808 provides a safe space where you’re listened to by a trained Volunteer. The service is funded by the HSE. Find out more.

Pieta House

Pieta House is a centre for the prevention of self-harm or suicide. The organisation has helped over 20,000 in Ireland suffering from mental illness. The group has eight centres nationwide. Three in Dublin (Finglas, Ballyfermot and Tallaght) as well as centres in Tipperary, Kerry, Limerick, Cork and Galway

www.pieta.ie

Samaritans

Samaritans (Ireland) operate day or night, for anyone who’s struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure. Samaritans is not only for the moment of crisis, they can help take action to prevent the crisis.

www.samaritans.org/

Aware

Aware is the national organisation providing free support, education and information services to those impacted by anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and related mood conditions.

www.aware.ie

Spunout.ie

ie is Ireland’s youth information website created by young people, for young people. The vision is to help create an Ireland where young people aged between 16 and 25 are empowered with the information they need to live active, happy, and healthy lives

https://spunout.ie

A lust for life

A lust for life is a mental health charity based in Ireland that uses content, campaigns and events to facilitate young people to be effective guardians of their own mind - and to be the leaders that drive our society towards a better future

https://www.alustforlife.com/about-us

Reach Out

Reach Out is an Irish version of an Australian website full of blogs, videos and an Ask the Expert service that is encouraging young people to learn more about their mental wellbeing and empower them to take steps towards good mental health

ie.reachout.com 

See Change

See Change is Ireland’s organisation dedicated to ending mental health stigma.

seechange.ie 

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Ireland

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Ireland endeavours to bring Mental Health First Aid training to communities and workplaces around Ireland.

https://www.mhfaireland.ie/what-is-mental-health-first-aid

Healthy Ireland

Healthy Ireland is a Government-led initiative which aims to create an Irish society where everyone can enjoy good physical and mental health, and where wellbeing is valued and supported at every level of society. For a wide range of resources visit their website. Healthy Ireland website

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