Free Online Counselling Service For Irish Abroad

Cabhrú: Irish Abroad Counselling Service

Irish Abroad Counselling Service – Cabhrú


At Cabhrú we help to address the emotional support needs of distressed and vulnerable Irish emigrants by providing a free Online Counselling Service to Irish citizens abroad – available 7 days a week!

Over the past five years our Irish based, Garda vetted Counsellors have been supporting the Irish abroad that have been experiencing the following: bullying, depression, loneliness, lack of familiar support structure, transitional stress and anxiety, displacement, self-esteem and addiction issues…

From listening to the needs of our clients’ through their stories and analysing current and previous research, we have found that Diaspora (emigrants) are very unlikely to make use of counselling services in their adopted country of residence. Those who attempt to engage report barriers experienced with culturally unaware counsellors making the counselling process more difficult among other aspects.

Examples of these stories that are reflected in decades of multi-cultural counselling research are available here: Research links; for more on this topic please see our ‘Identified Need‘ page.

With the assistance of the Department of Foreign Affairs and the support of the GAA and An Post, Helplink Support Services launched our free online counselling service on September 10th 2016; initially for the Irish in Australia and in Canada. In 2018 appointments will be available for Irish citizens across the globe (time zone dependent). You can also be referred through any Irish support organisation, Irish Embassy and/or Consulate.


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I was going through a very difficult time in my life. Things were falling apart for me and I needed help. Through the hard work and dedication of this team I managed to get myself back together again. I met an amazing person who didn’t judge me but instead offered a listen ear and very good advice. I felt these people genuinely wanted to help me and cared a great deal about my life. I will be forever in their debt as they were that helping hand which I so badly needed. Things don’t always work out as planned but for now the future seems that bit brighter

Anonymous 14th December 2017


Want to book an appointment?

Click here to go to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page! to see how!



Cabhrú Linn: we are part-funded by the Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Emigrant Support Programme – please donate what you can to help us to keep providing this much need service!


In order for us to bring this free service to more countries where our Citizens are living, Cabhrú needs more sponsorship/funding from; individuals who are interested in helping in this area, from organisations that support the Irish abroad and from Irish owned companies at home and abroad.

Please note: Cabhrú is NOT a crisis service

If you or someone you know is seriously contemplating suicide or in need of immediate help you/they should:

Click here to see a list of helplines across Australia or you/they should go to their local A&E; or Dial ‘000’ for emergency assistance in Australia.

Click here to see a list of crisis centers and contact numbers across Canada or you/they should go to their local A&E; or Dial ‘911’ for emergency assistance in Canada.

Or if you/they would like to contact the Irish Samaritans click here as their email contact system works worldwide.

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