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Mission: Helplink Mental Health’s mission is to provide accessible, free or low cost mental health services; locally (West of IRL), nationally and internationally, 7 days a week and outofhours.

The three types of mental health services that Helplink provides are: Counselling, Information Provision and Education.


Counselling Services

(Local, National and International)

Helplink’s qualified, insured and Garda vetted counsellors are available for appointments 7 days a week and out–of–hours from 9 am to 9 pm Monday to Friday and 12 to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday; for free or at low set costs.

Since its inception, our Counsellors and Therapists have provided over 13,000 appointments to clients online nationally/internationally and also face–to–face in Galway and Mayo (Roscommon in 2021)!

We provide:

  • General Counselling
  • Play Therapy (Galway and Mayo only)
  • Art Therapy (Galway and Mayo only)
  • Couples Counselling
  • Youth Counselling (including addiction)
  • Addiction Counselling
  • Bereavement Therapy
  • Student Mentoring/Counselling Services

Employee Counselling Service: we provide a national staff (EAP) counselling service that is available 7 days a week; nationwide. This is a pay-as-you-go service; which is perfect for companies small, medium and large. 

Irish Abroad & Returning Irish Counselling Service: we also have an international service were we provide our unique free, online Irish abroad counselling service for Irish citizens living abroad. The service is available to current Irish passport holders globally (time zone dependent). The service also supports returning Irish emigrants as well, through self referral directly to us or through our referral partners Crosscare Migrant ProjectSafe Home Ireland and the Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas (ICPO).

Tusla Commissioned Services: Since 2017 Helplink has been providing a alcohol dependency counselling service to clients over 18 referred to Helplink by Tusla. In 2021 Helplink was commissioned by Tusla to provide a second service, where we provide counselling to Tusla foster carers in need of support (general, bereavement, addiction and/or couples counselling).

National Gambling Counselling Service: Helplink provides a free gambling problem counselling service, nationally by phone and online (video consultations); 7 days a week and out-of-ours; funded by the Gambling Awareness Trust.

 


Information Provision & Educational Services

Mind Hacks (mindhacks.ie) is a e-learning platform by Helplink, that provides mental health and emotional wellbeing information and education services:

  • Video and Podcast Libraries around the topics of mental health & emotional wellbeing. These libraries are free to use, there is content for all ages; that’s available 24/7.
  • The platform also provides emotional wellbeing, stress/anxiety reduction and crisis communication live Webinars for Employees and Leaders.
  • Furthermore, this platform provides educational Workshops for students (primary/secondary/third level).

Helplink Radio Show Podcast

The Helplink Show: for over three years Helplink has provided an award winning (GOLD winner for ‘Social Benefit’ at the CRAOL Community Radio Awards 2019 & Shortlisted for the Headline Mental Health media Awards 2020) radio show and podcast that was hosted live on seven local, national and international community radio stations:

  • Connemara FM
  • ROS FM (Roscommon)
  • CRC FM (Castlebar, Mayo)
  • Flirt FM (NUIG Student Radio)
  • ACR FM (Athlone)
  • CharityRadio.ie (National station)
  • Irish Radio Canada

Show topics mental health, emotional wellbeing and community

Listen back on:

Our info & education platform Mindhacks.ie CLICK HERE

Our YouTube Channel CLICK HERE 

Our Spotify Podcasts CLICK HERE


Management & Administration Team

  Founder/CEO

Lochlann Scott is Helplink’s CEO, he holds a degree and two post graduate diplomas in Psychology and Health Psychology. Before founding Helplink in 2012 he worked in Social Care and Social Work departments for many years in the HSE West; in residential and long-term family support. Previous to his time with the HSE he held multiple management roles in the retail and hospitality sectors. He also co-founded the Health 2.0 Galway Chapter, is a voluntary Board Director/Trustee with Mental Health Reform (Ireland) and is a multi-award winner or has been shortlisted in the areas of social entrepreneurship and radio show production/presenting.

Senior Administrator

Greg McMenamin is Helplink’s Office Administrator, previous to joining Helplink in January 2016 he was an administrator with Maoin Cheoil na Gaillimhe. Greg holds a B.A. in English Studies and Sociology and Politics from NUI Galway; he is also the organisation’s GDPR Officer and has completed the ASSIT programme.

                    

Administrative Assistant

Niamh McGrenra: Niamh started at Helplink as a student intern and is now Helplink’s administrative assistant alongside being the Mindhacks.ie platform’s content curator. She is a student of the Applied Social Science degree in NUI Galway and is very active in student life; she has had various positions in the NUI Galway Film Society. Niamh is interested in mental health promotion and studying the constant changes in society through social media and technology.

Board Directors/Trustees

Gilles Varette: Product Support Manager Americas – EMEA CSG International (Chair of the Board)

Sam O’Neill: Marketing Executive and former President of GMIT Student’s Union (Board Secretary)

Cecil Lenihan: “Start-Up” Partner, CFO & Business Advisory (Treasurer)

Tamar Scott: Counselling Psychologist and Clinical Supervisor

Cliodhna McGuire: Consultant Solicitor at O’Connor Johnson Solicitors

Gerry Mackey: Mentor – Investor and Financing Readiness

Ruairí Keyes: HR Specialist 

                                                                                                          

    Helplink’s CRA Number 20143237 

      Helplink’s Revenue CHY Number 21366

Click here for Our Children’s Safeguarding Statement

Click here for Our Complaints Policy

Click here for Our Privacy Statement

Click here for Our Data Protection Policy

Click here for Our Fundraising Policy

Click here for Our Annual Report 2019

Click here for Our Latest Audited Accounts


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