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HELP FOR OUR YOUTH Mindspace Mayo is a free and confidential support service which aims to support young people aged 15 to 25.

There is a multitude of mental-health services available on your doorstep

Mental Health
Jannah Walshe

It is usually in our darkest moments that we feel like there is no help out there. We are feeling so negative that we tend to see everything in a more negative light. Either we believe that there is no help available or that the help that is available will never be able to help us. This is not true. It is important to say this very clearly. If you haven’t found the right help yet, it is because you have not found the right type of help for you. It is sometimes easier to believe that there is no help out there than to face the effort of looking for that help and then following through on it.
The last thing we have in reserve when we are feeling really bad is energy for any kind of effort. And it does take effort to find help and to make use of that help. But if you can, find any small reserve of energy inside you and use it to look at what’s out there in terms of support, pick out some that seem the best to you, and then start the process of contacting them.
The long term benefits of this first step will be worth it. If, at the end of the day, you still feel like you haven’t found any help, you may need to broaden the search area, or broaden the types of help you are looking for, or get someone on board who will do the looking for you.

Local services
Here are a few ideas and local places to kick start that process of looking for help:

HSE Mental Health Services in Mayo includes a Consultant Psychiatrist, Junior Doctors, Community Nursing Staff, Addiction Counsellors, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists and a range of support staff. A list of services can be found here

Mayo Mental Health
Mayo Mental Health Association provide a confidential signposting service for persons of the community experiencing mental health difficulties. Call 094 9038148 or visit

Family resource centres provide a range of universal and targeted services and development opportunities that address the needs of families including the provision of information, advice and support. Visit

Mindspace Mayo is a free and confidential support service which aims to support young people aged 15 to 25 who are going through a difficult time to ensure they get the support they need. Call 094 9067001 or visit
Support me
Support me website is designed for people who wish to find information on all the various support services that are available to them in the west of Ireland. Visit or e-mail

GROW is a Mental Health Organisation which helps people who have suffered, or are suffering, from mental health problems. Its principal strength is the support members give each other from their own experience in matters to do with mental health. Call 1890 474474 or visit
These are just some of the services available but the important thing to note is that there is help out there, it’s just a matter of finding the service that will suit you the best and help you on the road to recovery.

Jannah Walshe is a counsellor and psychotherapist based in Castlebar and Westport. A fully accredited member of The Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, she can be contacted via, or at or 085 1372528.