Following the publication of the report of the Commission of Inquiry into Mother and Baby Homes and related matters, the issue of records and agency will be discussed. We would like your feedback on this.
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 covered||Telephone number
|CHO Area 1||Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim||1800 234 119|
|CHO Area 2||Galway, Mayo and Roscommon||1800 234 114|
|CHO Area 3||Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary||1800 234 115|
|CHO Cork, Kerry||Cork and Kerry||1800 234 116|
|CHO Area 5||Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny, Carlow and South Tipperary||1800 234 118|
|CH East||South Dublin, South East Dublin and East Wicklow||1800 234 111|
|CH Dublin South, Kildare and West Wicklow||South West Dublin, Kildare and West Wicklow||1800 234 112|
|CHO Area 8||Midlands: Laois, Offaly, Longford and Westmeath||1800 234 113|
|CHO Area 1/8||Louth, Meath, Cavan and Monaghan||1800 234 117|
|CHO Area 9||Dublin North and Dublin North City||1800 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 www.yourmentalhealth.ie.
For those living in the UK there are a number of organisations that offer support to survivors:
- ICAP (Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy) 0207 272 7906 www.icap.org.uk
- The London Irish Centre, 0207 916 2222 www.londonirishcentre.org
- Irish Community Services 0208 854 4466 www.irishcommunityservices.org
- Leeds Irish Health and Homes 0113 262 5614 www.lihh.org
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.