Participation, Validation and Memorialisation

Following the publication of the report of the Commission of Inquiry into Mother and Baby Homes and related matters, the issue of commeration and record archival will be discussed. We would like your feedback on this. 

Thank you for your interest in participating. This survey is now closed.

Counselling supports

If you have been affected in any way by the above survey, there are counselling supports available.

For any former residents of Mother and Baby Homes, the HSE National Counselling Service (NCS) is available to provide a counselling service from Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 5pm.

The National Counselling Service has 20 years of experience in providing counselling and psychotherapy to a wide range of clients including those who have experienced psychological difficulties due to time spent in institutions. It employs qualified, accredited and experienced Counsellor/Therapists and its services are available free of charge across the country. The service aims to support clients to improve their quality of life and reduce their psychological distress through the provision of evidence based, professional, client centred counselling.

Details of the National Counselling Service and contact details for each area are listed below.

HSE Region Areas coveredTelephone number
CHO Area 1Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim1800 234 119
CHO Area 2Galway, Mayo and Roscommon1800 234 114
CHO Area 3Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary1800 234 115
CHO Cork, KerryCork and Kerry1800 234 116
CHO Area 5Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny, Carlow and South Tipperary1800 234 118
CH EastSouth Dublin, South East Dublin and East Wicklow1800 234 111
CH Dublin South, Kildare and West WicklowSouth West Dublin, Kildare and West Wicklow1800 234 112
CHO Area 8Midlands: Laois, Offaly, Longford and Westmeath1800 234 113
CHO Area 1/8Louth, Meath, Cavan and Monaghan1800 234 117
CHO Area 9Dublin North and Dublin North City1800 234 110

Outside of office hours, Connect Counselling provides telephone support. This service is available between 6pm and 10pm each day (7 days a week) on 1800 477 477.

A new webpage with information specifically for former residents of Mother and Baby Homes has been set up by the HSE. 

Additional mental health supports provided/funded by the HSE are also available to former residents. Details of these supports are available on

For those living in the UK there are a number of organisations that offer support to survivors:

For those based in the United States the Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers can be contacted for support. Contact details for local centres can be found here.