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Helplink a mental health charity providing accessible services

locally (West of Ireland), nationally and internationally.

 

Mission: Helplink Mental Health’s (formally Helplink Support Services) mission is to provide accessible, free or low cost mental health services; locally (West of Ireland), 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.

Vision: Helplink Mental Health’s vision is to be Ireland’s leading provider of accessible mental health services locally (West of Ireland), nationally and internationally. We aim to achieve this vision through partnership with other organisations and by providing our services accessibly through the utilisation of traditional face-to-face service provision structures in the West of Ireland, coupled with online technologies for service provision nationally and internationally.


Counselling/Therapeutic 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 8000 appointments to clients online nationally and also face–to–face in Galway and Mayo (Roscommon in 2020)!

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
  • School/Student Mentoring Service

 

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

Irish Abroad Counselling Service: within our international service 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). In 2019 Helplink expanded this service to support 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).

Alcohol Dependency Service for Tusla: Since 2017 Helplink has been providing a alcohol dependency counselling service to clients over 18 referred to Helplink by Tusla – this service is available across Galway City and County.

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.ie: Mind Hacks is an online platform that provides video and podcast content, from national and international sources, around the topics of Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing.

It also provides information provision services such as live Webinars (currently under construction), where the public and professionals can learn useful information about the topics of Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing.

Furthermore, we have Continuing Professional Development (CPD) based training programmes (currently under construction) for healthcare workers, teachers, counsellors/therapists, social care workers / social workers, community workers and more!

School/Student Services (in person): Beyond Mind Hacks, Helplink provides a suite of educational workshops to primary, post-primary and third level students called. Over the past two academic years we have providing these evidence based workshops to 1000+ students across Galway City and County; with over 95% teacher and student satisfaction rates.

Employee/Leader Workshops: Helplink also provides ‘wellbeing workshops for leaders and employeeson topics such as: safe communication, building resilience, stress and anxiety management and mindfulness at work.

The Helplink Show: we provide an award winning (GOLD winner for ‘Social Benefit’ at the CRAOL Community Radio Awards 2019) monthly radio show and podcast that is 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 YouTube Channel CLICK HERE 

Our Spotify Podcasts CLICK HERE

Our new info & education platform Mindhacks.ie CLICK HERE


 

OUR MANAGEMENT & ADMIN TEAM

 

Founder/CEO

Lochlann Scott Lochlann holds a degree and two post graduate diplomas in Psychology and Health Psychology. 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. Lochlann founded Helplink Mental Health in 2012 as he saw there was a need to be more innovative in how we provide accessible mental health and conflict resolution services to our communities both at home and abroad. Furthermore, Lochlann is also a voluntary Board Director/Member with Mental Health Reform (Ireland) and he was the winner of the ‘One to Watch’ Social Entrepreneur award at the SCCUL Awards in 2011 and the 2016 runner-up in the Social Entrepreneur of year category.

 

Helplink Office 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.

 

VOLUNTARY BOARD DIRECTORS

 

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

Sam O’Neill: Marketing Executive and former President of GMIT Student’s Union

Tamar Scott: Counselling Psychologist and Clinical Supervisor

Brenda Fallon: HR Specialist. HR business partner at NUI Galway

Cliodhna McGuire: Consultant Solicitor at O’Connor Johnson Solicitors

Gerry Mackey: Mentor – Investor and Financing Readiness

                                                                                                          

    Helplink’s CRA Number 20143237 

      Helplink’s Revenue CHY Number 21366

 

Click here for Helplinks Children’s Safeguarding Statement

Click here for Helplinks Complaints Policy

Click here for Helplinks Privacy Statement

Click here for Helplinks Data Protection Policy

Click here for Helplinks Fundraising Policy

Click here for Helplinks Annual Report 2019

 

Please email helplinksupport@helplink.ie to access our publicly available certified annual accounts

 


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