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Helplink Mental Health


1st Floor, The Plaza, Headford Road, Galway, Galway

Helplink Mental Health

Our Mental Health Services

National Counselling Services

  • General Counselling
  • Couples Counselling
  • Youth Counselling (including addiction)
  • Addiction Counselling
  • Bereavement Therapy
  • Student Mentoring/Counselling Services Gambling Addiction Counselling Service:Helplink providesfreegambling problem counselling & aftercare services,nationally by phone and online; 7 days a week and out-of-ours; funded by theGambling Awareness Trust.

Employee Counselling Service:we provide a nationalstaff(EAP)counselling servicethat is available 7 days a week; nationwide. This is a pay-as-you-go service, which is perfect for companies small, medium and large.

Older people counselling service: we are currently piloting a counselling service for older people in their own homes with our partners ALONE and Mental Health Reform.

Local&International Counselling Services

Locally (Galway & Mayo) we provide the above suite of counselling services andPlay,Art Therapy (and soon Music Therapy);in-person.

Tusla Commissioned Services:Since 2017 Helplink has been providing an 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). This service is due to expand in 2023 to all adult clients referred to us from TUSLA in Galway City and County.

Irish Abroad &ReturningIrish Counselling Service:we also have an international service where we provide our uniqueonline counselling servicefor Irish citizens living abroad andreturning Irish emigrantsas well.

Information Provision&Educational Services

  • Mind Hacks ( is an e-learning platform by Helplink, that provides mental healthand emotional wellbeing information and education services:
  • Digital VideoandPodcast Librariesaround the topics of mental health & emotional wellbeing. Free to use, content for all ages; available 24/7. Some say the libraries are the Netflix and Spotify of mental health content.
  • Educationalmental wellnessandresiliencebuilding workshopsfor children and young people that are continuously available for 10 months 24/7.
  • Furthermore, we provide live webinars around managing mental health, building resilience, and increasing good communication to those in crisis for employees and managers.


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 to children, young people and adults alike are: Counselling, Information Provision and Education.

Your donations help us to keep providing and expanding our current services and they also support us to develop new services; for the people we serve.

where your money goes

Your Donations Support Us to Provide:

  • our free and low cost mental health services; for children, young people and adults; 7 days a week and out–of–hours, nationally and locally 

  • our free international counselling service for Irish citizens – so far we have supported our citizens with their mental health while abroad in 40 countries, and counting…
  • our free gambling addiction counselling that is available nationwide by phone and online; 7 days a week and out-of-hours
  • our e-learning platform Mind Hacks ( that provides free video and podcast libraries on mental health and also our unique mental wellbeing workshops for 6th class primary school children (The Voyage) and young people 15 to 25 years (Mind How You Go).



The organisation’s founder Lochlann Scott developed and began Helplink because he saw from his work in the area of social care/work and his academic studies in psychology and health psychology that there were a lot of people either not able to, or not willing to, engage with mental health services for many reasons. These may be due to: the stigma surrounding attending such services, issues with social anxiety, the limited hours and days these services were available and/or limited or no access to supports in their areas.

In 2012 Helplink opened its doors by providing an online counselling service for adults; our services have grown and grown throughout the years led by client demand/need e.g. adult clients then seeking support for their family members, children, etc.

This client led manner of developing services based on need has now resulted in a suite of mental health counselling, information provision and education services that are available 7 days a week for children, young people and adults.