Need to Talk?

Need to talk?

Sometimes we all need to talk to someone outside of our family or usual circle of friends. Whether we choose one-to-one support or find a group to support us, the most important thing is that we choose the support we need.

The following is a list of some services and support groups available to you in the Limerick area. We hope that this information is of help to you in your search. However any decision about what is best for you and your family can only be made by you, based on your needs and your experiences.

God bless you and yours.


Some Support Services and groups in Limerick



Caring for marriage – Building relationships

ACCORD's aim is to help couples prepare for, achieve and sustain their marriage and family relationships, to offer ongoing relationship support and assist them in times of difficulty or crisis. Core services are Marriage and Relationship Counselling and Marriage Preparation Programmes. Other services offered are Marriage Enrichment, Marital Sexual Therapy, Fertility Management, Schools Programmes and Personal Enrichment.

Limerick: St. Munchin's College, Corbally, Limerick. T: 061 343000


Adapt Services

Adapt house provides refuge (24 hour emergency accommodation) and support to women and children who experience domestic violence. Where: Adapt House, Rosbrien.

Call: helpline1800 200 504, or office 061 412354. Email



Thousands of people suffering from depression have received help through the Aware loCall helpline, the depression support groups we run all over Ireland and our confidential email support service. We are also putting additional online support services in place, including a depression discussion board and online support groups. You can also call the helpline if you are worried about someone who may be depressed or for information about depression or Aware services.

Address: 72 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2. Tel. 01 661 7211. Email

Aware loCall helpline: 1890 303 302



With more than 40 community based centres, national services, and links with partner organisations, we deliver programmes to help as many children and their families as we can.  Our work is child-focused. We respond to the individual needs of each child and family, and aim to provide practical and professional supports to bring hope into situations where hope is sometimes lost. Bullying, Abuse, Bereavement, Separation

Address: 10 Sarsfield Street, Limerick
Phone: +353 (61) 319290

Callsave: 1850222300 1850216216         Email:


Bedford Row Project

The Bedford Road Project offers hospitality to visitors, adults and children, at Limerick Prison. They listen to the experience of people affected by imprisonment and allow that experience to shape the direction of the project.

Where: Lower Bedford Row (side of the Fransiscans). Tel  061 315332


Blue Box Project

To provide emotional and psychological support to young people and their families in Limerick city. Music and art therapy, primarily through partnerships with schools.

LEDP, Roxboro. Tel 061 315070


Bodywhys – The Eating Disorder Association of Ireland

Bodywhys offers support to the 200,000 people in Ireland who suffer from eating disorder as well as specific services for family and friends.

Helpline - LoCall 1890 200 444

The helpline is open for two hours each day and is delivered by a team of trained volunteers. It offers a non-judgemental and confidential support and information service. Callers can access names of local health professionals, details of all Bodywhys support services and other voluntary organisations where appropiate. We also have details of resources on eating disorders and self-help. Aside from information, a helpline call is primarily a space for the caller to explore their feelings. It is through their own exploration that individuals can find solutions to their own challenges.

Helpline Opening Hours

Monday 7.30pm-9.30pm, Tuesdays 12.30pm – 2.30pm, Wednesdays 7.30pm-9.30pm

Thursdays 10am – 12pm, Fridays 12.30pm-2.30pm, Saturday 11am-1pm, Sunday 7-9pm.

YouthConnect - Online Support for 13-18yrs

YouthConnect is an online support group where people can come together in a safe space to support each other and talk about what is going on for them. The support group always has two facilitators to keep the group space supportive and safe for everyone. How much you want to talk is up to you! You can just listen, or you can share your thoughts or feelings as you feel comfortable. The group does not discuss weight, diet, food or behaviours, so that everyone can feel safe to talk about how they are feeling. Youthconnect runs on Sunday Evenings from 7:30pm - 9:00pm


CanTeen Ireland

Welcome to CanTeen Ireland, Ireland's young people's cancer support group. In Today's World the word cancer is a commonplace illness that affects thousands of people. In many countries groups have been set up to help people with cancer, and some particularly to help young people who have to deal with such an illness early in their lives.

CanTeen Ireland is a nation-wide support group for young people who have or have had cancer, and for their brothers, sisters and friends. CanTeen Ireland was set up in 1990 by a group of dedicated health professionals. We are associated with the Irish Cancer Society, and can be contacted through our address which can be found later on, by the Irish Cancer Society, or through the social worker in the hospitals.

So what do we actually do?

One of the biggest things we do is Weekends Away. Throughout the year we have 4/5 weekends away. We go to various activity centres all over Ireland, and we go to the Barretstown Gang Camp once a year. We have also been to Alton Towers, the Share Centre in Fermanagh, Shielbaggan Outdoor Adventure Centre, to name but a few. We have also been to Scotland, and even as far way as Australia, and New Zealand. As a group we meet up 6 to 8 times a year. At these meetings we have a chance to talk, share stories and have a bit of fun.

Canteen Ireland, Carmichael Centre
North Brunswick St
Dublin 7.


CARI: Children at risk in Ireland.

CARI helps children , young people and their families who have been affected by child sexual abuse.  Tel 1890 924567 (confidential listening, information and support service)

Limerick: 061 413331 (2 Garryowen Rd, St Johns)



A free 24 hour, direct access listening service, offering telephone, text messaging and web-based services Tel: Freephone:  1800 66 66 66


Citizens Information

Know your rights, entitlements and the services available to you

54 Catherine Street. Tel: 061 311 444. Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 9.30am-4.30pm (through lunch).

Consumer Affairs Hours Last Thurs of each month: 10am - 1 pm, and 2- 4p.m.

FLAC Hours Wed 7.30 - 9.00 pm.

Ombudsman Hours Last Tuesday of each month.

Threshold Hours First Tues of each month 10am - 1pm and 2 - 4 pm



Supporting those who have experienced a loss through suicide.

Console is a National Service which offers support to people who are suicidal or those who have been bereaved by suicide. Console has Centres in Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Cork, Wexford and Kildare.  National Helpline 18000201890. Email:

Limerick address: Console House, 114 The Grange, Raheen, Limerick. Tel: 061-306792



CURA is a voluntary organisation, which offers support and help to those who are faced with a crisis pregnancy. Locall number 1850 62 26 26.

Services offered by CURA: Free pregnancy testing, Telephone helpline for information and support, Pregnancy counselling from a trained counsellor, Support for the baby's father, grandparents and other family members, Information on and referral to medical services, Information on social welfare and other rights and entitlements, Help with accommodation, Counselling after an abortion by a trained counsellor, Referral to other relevant support services if required, and a School Awareness Programme


Doras Luimni

Development organisation for asylum seekers and refugees.

Address: Doras Luimni, Mount St. Vincent, O'Connell Avenue, Limerick. Tel: 061 310 328           Fax: 061 609 960

Drop-In Centre Opening Hours:  Monday - Friday 09.30 - 12.30 / 14.00 - 16.30 Evening Opening Tuesday 6.00 - 8.00 pm Wednesday  09.30 - 12.30 (Closed Wednesday afternoons


Dyslexia Awareness

Confidential Help-line 061 315888

Monthly meetings: 2nd Tuesday of month, 8pm, Social Services centre, Henry St


Family Mediation Services

The Family Mediation Service is a professional, confidential service which enables couples who have decided to separate, or who have already separated, to negotiate their own separation agreement. This is done with the help of a trained mediator, without resorting to adjudication through the courts. Couples are offered a way of negotiating separation agreements which deal with such matters as maintenance, the division of property and custody of, and access to, their children with the help of a neutral third party. The service is free and is available to married and non-married couples.

It is not marriage counselling nor a legal advice centre.

Where: 1st Floor, Mill House, Henry Street.  Phone: 061-214310; Fax: 061-312225

Hours of Opening: 9am-1pm & 2pm-5pm


GROW & Let Someone Know

Grow a Mental Health Organisation which helps people who have suffered, or are suffering, from mental health problems. Members are helped to recover from all forms of mental breakdown, or indeed, to prevent such happening. GROW, founded in Australia in 1957 by former mental sufferers, has a national network of over 130 Groups in Ireland. Its principal strength is the support members give each other from their own experience in matters to do with mental health. GROW is grant aided by all of the Health Boards and by the Department of Health and Children. GROW is currently developing GROW groups for Young Adults (18-30 age group). If there is no Young Adult group in your region go to the main page to see a full listing of all GROW groups nationwide.

LIMERICK – GROW Office, 65 O'Connell Street, Limerick.
Monday               8.00pm (18 to 30 age group)
Contact Christine or Gary: 061-318813

Email:  GROW Infoline on 1890 474 474


A Little Lifetime Foundation (Formerly ISANDS)

A Little Lifetime Foundation (formerly Isands), providing information and support to bereaved parents and families since 1983. Working with Health Care Professionals and Others to develop good practices in the area of Infant death.  A Little Lifetime Foundation is a registered charity with support and services provided by volunteers.

National Chairperson, Ron Smith-Murphy

Carmichael House, 4 North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7. Tel: (01) 872 6996


Limerick Cancer Support group

Where: Social Service centre, Henry St. Weekly meetings: Friday 11:30am  – 1pm. Contact Linda 061 382802. or, Irish cancer society 1800 200700


Limerick Resource centre for the Unemployed

Adult education courses, information, support, links. Courses in basic computers, Microsoft, Internet, ECDL, Spanish, reflexology, etc etc.

Unit 6, Hunts Lane, Dominic St, Limerick. Tel: 061 416056


Limerick Social Service centre

Upper Henry St. Tel 314111 / 314213 Open Mon – Fri 9:30 – 5:30 (closed for lunch 1-2)

The centre through a caring response aims to promote the dignity and growth of individuals, families and groups

Services include:

  • Counselling services: Now available city and at 3 locations in county limerick. Call the social services centre on  061 314111, to make an appointment.
  • Community workers
  • City centre creche, Pre school service, Parent Support
  • Cura Centre
  • Pre-Natal supportive Accommodation - Welcome, respect, confidentiality, saftey, encouragement and support. Post Natal Accomodation
  • Family Rights group: For families in Mid-west region who have children in care
  • Services for older people
  • General Information Service (where to find support, what other groups are available)
  • Furniture and clothing recycling


Limerick Youth Service

To support and encourage young people to be active participants in shaping their futures.

General youth work, social inclusion programmes, and youth information and support.

5 Lower Glentworth St. Tel: 061 412444


Living Links, Limerick

Living Links provides Outreach Support to the Suicide Bereaved.

A Suicide Outreach person is available to help you at 087 7998427 (7-9pm). An eight week 'Healing Programme' and a monthly support group also gather here in the Pastoral Centre (call for dates & details: 061 40133)


Lost Futures

To bring bereaved parents together to support one another. Contact Mary 085 1270165, or Fr Joe 061 405835. Meetings Thursdays at the Pastoral Centre



Men in Limerick experiencing seperation

Providing a space to talk, information access, highlighting issues, and working with other services to meet your needs. c/o Paul Partnership, Dominic St. Tel 087 2603603



Men overcoming violence.

MOVE seeks to support the safety and wellbeing of women partners and their children by working with men  who are or have been violent/abusive in their intimate relationships. Limerick/Clare, call 061 367881. Programmes in Limerick, Ennis, & Nenagh


Pastoral Response to Substance Misuse

Is an initiative of the Bishops’ Conference that aims to support Parishes nationwide in helping prevent alcohol and other drug problems in local parish communities through the provision of information / awareness. training / education, alternative activities to avoid substances as well as the promotion of supports. Contact: John or Darren at 01-5053044 or email or check our website



Parent Line

When you're at the end of the lines, so are we.

Services include: Supportline for Post Natal depression, Parenting courses, Parent support groups, One to One, Public talks and seminars. Tel: 1890 927277


Parent Support Programme

Community Development. 87 O'Connell St, Limerick.

For details of local mother & child groups, support and other information, tel: 061 483455

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Rainbows is a peer support program which assists children and adolescents who are grieving a life altering loss – including bereavement, or, parental separation. It is not counselling or therapy, though its results may be theraputic. It has no charge attached.

For training for local leaders, or details on current programs contact Noirin at the Pastoral centre. (061 400133)



Samaritans provides confidential non-judgmental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair. No appointment is necessary.

Telephone: 1850 60 90 90 (lo-call)

Limerick: 20 Barrington St. Tel: 061 41211.  Wheelchair accessible. Usual hours open to receive callers: 9am - 10pm

Email:  (Note: This email address is for emotional support requests only. We do our best to respond within 24 hours)


St Vincent de Paul Society

Main house: Oznam House, Hartstonge St. Tel 061 317327

Drop in centre: The Lane, Hartstonge St. Offering food, laundry, shower/change of clothes. Help with accommodation, counselling. A place of welcome and rest.


Child Protection. Supporting Survivors. Reporting abuse

For full details of our diocesan policy, support and resources see HERE.

HSE Helpline (National)

A shared resource of HSE, One in Four, Dublin Rape Crisis & Faoiseamh
Tel: 1800 670 700. Mon-Fri: 8.00am to 2.00am and Sat-Sun: 11.00am to 2.00am