Mission: Helplink Mental Health’s mission is to provide accessible, free or low cost mental health services; locally, nationally and internationally, 7 days a week and out–of–hours.
The three types of mental health services that Helplink provides are: Counselling, Information Provision and Education.
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.
Gambling Addiction 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.
Galway & Mayo: locally we provide the above suite of counselling services and also Play or Art Therapy; face-to-face.
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).
Irish Abroad & Returning Irish Counselling Service: we also have an international service where we provide our unique free, online Irish abroad counselling service for Irish citizens living abroad and returning Irish emigrants as well. through self referral directly to us or through our referral partners in Irish organisations across the globe and through Crosscare Migrant Project, Safe Home Ireland and the Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas (ICPO).
Mind Hacks (mindhacks.ie) is an e-learning platform by Helplink, that provides mental health and emotional wellbeing information and education services:
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:
Show topics – mental health, emotional wellbeing and community
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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, and was a voluntary Board Director/Trustee with Mental Health Reform (Ireland). Furthermore, Lochlann is a multi-award winner and has been shortlisted in the areas of social entrepreneurship and radio show production/presenting.
Ruth McCourt is Helplink’s part-time Marketing & Fundraising Manager. Ruth holds an Honors Bachelor of Business Degree from GMIT specialising in Marketing, and has over 7 years experience in the digital marketing industry, having previously worked for digital and B2B marketing agencies, event management and publishing agencies. Ruth manages the digital and marketing strategy, PR, along with the planning and execution of national fundraisers such as ‘Coldtober‘ along with running her own digital marketing agency Smart Digital.
Laura Condon is Helplink’s new Service Delivery Manager. Laura is an accredited counsellor with 7 years experience in mental health non-profit management. She holds a BA in Psychology, MA in Counselling & Psychotherapy and Level 9 Cert in Non-Profit Leadership and Management. Laura manages the service’s Counselling, Information Provision and Education services to ensure quality client experience.
Rachael Kehoe is Helplink’s administrator. With a hospitality background, Rachael holds a Bachelor of Arts in Hotel and Catering Management from GMIT and brings with her a wealth of experience in reception and administration. With her recent career change Rachael is looking forward to sharing her passion for organisation and precision as well as promoting positive mental health.
Niamh McGrenra started at Helplink as a student intern and is now Helplink’s communications officer, administrator and curator of the MindHacks video/podcast libraries. In 2021 she obtained a 1st in the BSc (Applied Social Sciences) Degree programme in NUI Galway and was very active in student life; including 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.
Gilles Varette: Product Support Manager Americas & Occupational Coach (Chairperson)
Sam O’Neill: MD of One Stop Marketing Solutions. Mentor w/ BizMentors & SEI (Vice Chair)
Cecil Lenihan: “Start-Up” Partner, CFO & Business Advisory (Treasurer)
Evin Cusack: Chartered Banker, QFA Business Readiness Lead
Gerry Mackey: Mentor – Investor and Financing Readiness
Dr Michelle Murphy: Psychotherapist, Senior Lecturer, Academic Supervisor
Ruairí Keyes: HR Specialist
Helplink’s CRA Number 20143237
Helplink’s Revenue CHY Number 21366
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