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Free online counselling sessions offered to all Mayo people

Health & Wellbeing

The pandemic has left many people struggling with their mental health – be they pre-existing issues or those caused by the fallout of the pandemic itself. Now, in a bid to reach out to those living in rural Ireland, Turn2Me has announced that all people from Mayo can avail of six free counselling sessions, run by mental health professionals.
The national mental health charity is able to reach people in rural parts thanks to the online nature of its services, which run through its website, Turn2Me.ie – a safe, moderated online platform that runs 365 days a year.
The charity is keen to support people suffering from anxiety, grief, depression or who just need a supportive online community from time to time.
“We are very keen to reach people from Mayo and to offer them free counselling sessions,” Fiona O’Malley, CEO of Turn2Me, said. “People can avail of up to six free counselling sessions with us. The counselling sessions are conducted by fantastic, qualified mental health professionals, and they can be done via video format or via the chat function on our website, Turn2Me.ie.
“If people want to talk about pressures, stresses, anxieties or any frustrations they’re feeling, we’re here to listen, 365 days a year.”
As well as up to six free one-to-one counselling sessions, people from Mayo can sign up to the free support groups which Turn2Me run, including support groups on grief, anxiety, depression and relationship issues.
To book a free one-to-one counselling sessions, or to sign up to any of the free support groups, go to Turn2Me.ie and create a free account.
Turn2me was founded in 2009 stemming from the very personal experiences of Oisin and Diarmuid Scollard, who lost their brother to suicide in 2003. In 2013, Turn2Me gained the support of the HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention to deliver counselling online.
In 2019, Turn2Me joined forces with ReachOut Ireland to create a space for young people to find information to support their mental health online. As of September 2021, Turn2me offers adult counselling and peer support services to adults and young people aged 12 plus. It also offers group support services for teenagers, young people and adults.