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. You’ll message back and forth, only sharing what you feel comfortable with. By asking questions, listening to you and responding with support, they will help you sort through your feelings until you both feel you are now in a calm, safe place.”

Please check out our booklet on Mental Health and Wellbeing.  This resource includes use tips and information on minding your mental health.

SilverCloud is freely available to all staff and students and can be accessed 24/7. The University of Limerick, through SilverCloud, is making seven self-help programmes available including:;

  • Space for Resilience
  • Space from Covid-19
  • Space from Stress
  • Space from Alcohol
  • Space from Money Worries
  • Space for Sleep
  • Space for Positive Body Image

How do I access the programmes?

  • Enter your details to set up a free user account - you will need to use your @ul email address when signing up and accessing this service.
  • Log-in, learn and practice. It is recommended that you start with 1 module per week.

Access the SilverCloud Resource.

  • UL Counselling Service (UL Éist)    061 202327
  • UL Chaplaincy (Teach Fáilte)  061 232180 / 3635
  • UL Medical Centre  062 232534
  • UL First Year Support Officer 061 232613
  • Emergency services (Gardai, Ambulance, Fire Service)   999  or  112

Smartphone apps can be a really useful way to practice breathing, meditation, CBT and well-being exercises to help with stress and anxiety.

Apps

  • Breathe2Relax
  • Calm 
  • Headspace
  • Stop, Breathe and Think
  • The Mindfulness App
  • Virtual Hope Box
  • Woebot

CBT can be a useful way to challenge how we think and act to help with anxiety and low mood. Online programmes offer the opportunity to learn CBT skills.

Self-help materials can give us coping skills to help us through times of distress.

Information and exercise sheets

  • Futureme.org    Write a letter to your future self
  • Mind.org.uk    Mental health support and information
  • Pleasetalk.ie    Ireland’s student-led mental health movement
  • Reachout.com    Information on issues that can affect your mental health and well-being
  • Spunout.ie    Ireland’s youth information website created by young people, for young people
  • Feeling stressed about the exams? Check out the following site for advice on how to manage exam time stress https://spunout.ie/education/article/exam-survival
  • Accident, Emergency and Out of Hours Services - University Hospital Limerick, Dooradoyle   061 301111
  • St. John’s Hospital, Limerick   061 462222
  • Ennis Hospital   065 682446
  • Nenagh Hospital  067  31491
  • Shannon Doc 1850 212 999
  • Crisis Intervention Service Limerick   061 301111 Clare  065 6863208
  • North Tipperary  086 8306663
  • ACCORD Catholic Marriage Care Service, 66 O’Connell Street, Limerick City. Tel: 061-343000. www.accord.ie/centres/limerick 
  • ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services, Rosbrien, Limerick. Tel: 061-412354. Email: info@adaptservices.ie Website: www.adaptservices.ie/ 
  • Al-Anon, strength and hope for families and friends of problem drinkers. Tel: 01-8732699. Email: info@alanon.ie Website: www.alanon.ie 
  • Alcoholics Anonymous Ireland. Tel: 01-8420700 Email: gso@alcoholicsanonymous.ie Website: www.alcoholicsanonymous.ie/ 
  • AWARE, a national support helpline for issues relating to depression and bipolar disorder. Helpline 1800 80 48 48 open seven days a week from 10am to 10pm. Website: www.aware.ie 
  • Bodywhys, The Eating Disorders Association of Ireland. Helpline: 1890 200 444. Email: alex@bodywhys.ie Website: www.bodywhys.ie/ 
  • Clare Suicide Bereavement Support, Innovation House, Roslevan Centre, Tulla Rd, Ennis. Tel: 087-3698315/086-0565373 Website: www.claresuicidebereavementsupport.com/ 
  • Clarecare supports services for people in Co. Clare. Tel: 065-682 8178. Email: info@clarecare.ie Website: www.clarecare.ie/ 
  • Community Substance Misuse Team, 3rd Floor, 15 Lower Mallow Street, Limerick City. Tel: 061-317688 Email: jraftery@csmt.ie Website: www.csmt.ie/ 
  • Family Mediation Service, 3rd Floor, Riverpoint, Lower Mallow Street, Limerick: 061-214310. www.citizensinformation.ie/ 
  • GOSHH (Gender, Orientation, Sexual Health, HIV), Redwood Place, 18 Davis Street, Limerick. Tel: 061-314354. Email: info@goshh.ie Website: goshh.ie/ 
  • GROW, Community Mental Health, Mid-Western Region, 33 Henry Street, Limerick. Tel: 061-318813. Email: midwesternregion@grow.ie Website: www.grow.ie/ 
  • Jigsaw, mental health support service for young people age 12-25. 3rd Floor, Arthur’s Quay House, Arthur’s Quay, Limerick. Tel: 061-974510. Email: limerick@jigsaw.ie Website: www.jigsaw.ie/ 
  • Le Chéile, peer support for those with difficulty coping. 3 Sexton Street, Limerick City. Tel: 061-446786. Email: info@limerickmentalhealth.ie Drop in: Thursdays 10am - 1pm. 
  • Milford Hospice Counselling Service - Social Work Department. Tel: 061-485800 (limited service available for bereavement not linked to hospice attendance) 
  • National Counselling Service, Re Nua, O’Connell Avenue, Limerick. Tel: 1800 234115. For adults abused as children. 
  • Pieta House, Pieta Mid-West, Ardaulin, Mungret, Co. Limerick. Tel: 061-484444 Helpline: 1800 247 247 Email: mary@pieta.ie Website: www.pieta.ie. Specialist Service for people who have a history of self-harm or have suicidal ideation. 
  • Rape Crisis Midwest, Phoenix House, Punch's Close, Rosbrien Road, Limerick. Tel: 1800 311511. Email: info@rapecrisis.ie Website: www.rapecrisis.ie/home.html. Counselling provided to female and male adult survivors of Rape, Child Sexual Abuse, Incest and Sexual Harassment 
  • S.O.S (Suicide or Survive) Tel: 1890 577 577 Website: www.suicideorsurvive.ie/ 
  • Samaritans, 20 Barrington Street, Limerick. Free-phone number: 116 123 Drop-in: 9:00am - 10:00pm. E-mail: jo@samaritans.org For 24 hour confidential text support text to 087-2609090. www.samaritans.org/branches/samaritans-limerick-tipperary 
  • Shine, Supporting people affected by ill mental health. Email: info@shine.ie Website: www.shine.ie/ 
  • Social Service Centre, Henry Street, Limerick. Tel: 061-314111. Email: ger.odonovan@lssc.ie or counselling@lssc.ie Website: www.lssc.ie/. Free confidential counselling service offered to individuals and families. 

Mental health: Care of yourself and care of others

In this video, Orfhlaith McLoughlin (Deputy Head of the Counselling Service) and Siobhán Clifford (Assistant Psychologist) talk about what Mental Health is.