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Courses, Apps and Websites- Free Resources to support your Mental Health

Many organisations kindly offered their products and services for free to help people during Covid19 lockdown. The pricing may have resumed to normal pricing. Please contact the organisation directly for more information on this.
It’s so important we mind our mental health at this time. Throughout the global pandemic, A Lust for Life is working to help people by providing resources to help with self-care and wellness. They have put together a list of free services and offerings that will help you navigate this journey in the best way possible. We are all in this together. We will keep updating this resource list as we go.

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The A Lust for Life website is full of articles on minding your mental health around this time. We are running nightly live video sessions on social media from mental health experts on how to mind your mind. These run Monday – Thursday at 9pm with Dr Eddie Murphy, Niall Breslin and Dr Malie Coyne.

Helpful information
HSE General Mental Health Advice
HSE Answers for People using Mental Health services
Online Mental Health Services

Samaritans are available 24/7 for free support by phone or email. Tel: 116 123 or email:
Aware are operating their Freephone support line, email support and online Life Skills programme. Tel: 1800 804 848 (7 days a week from 10 AM – 10 PM) or email:

Shine are offering remote support to people who use their services including online and over-the-phone support and an outreach service. Email:

Helplink are providing online counselling and therapy. Email:

Smartphone Apps

These mobile apps can help you manage anxiety. They have been reviewed and approved for listing here, by a group in the HSE (Mental Health Apps Review Sub Group). The app developers are solely responsible for their app’s advertisement, compliance and fitness for purpose. Unless stated otherwise, apps are not supplied by the HSE, and the HSE is not liable for their use.

Mindshift (by Anxiety Canada)- A user-friendly self-help tool based on proven scientific strategies, MindShift CBT teaches about anxiety, helping users to engage in healthy thinking and to take action. Users check in each day to track their anxiety and work with tools in the app

Clear Fear -Clear Fear is an app developed for teenage mental health charity Stem4 which uses the evidence- based treatment CBT to focus on learning to reduce the physical responses to threat by learning to breathe, relax and be mindful as well as changing thoughts and behaviours and releasing emotions. You can personalise the app if you so wish and you will be able to track your progress and notice change.
Free courses

The Science of Well-Being
In this course you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. As preparation for these tasks, Professor Laurie Santos reveals misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change. You will ultimately be prepared to successfully incorporate a specific wellness activity into your life. Enrol for free - next Course starts November 24th 2020

The Actualise Academy is offering two courses for free for any member of the public. They have made the “Anxiety In Children: Why It Occurs And How To Deal With It” and “Minding Your Own Mental Health” courses, delivered through Actualise Academy, free online for anyone to use. All you have to do is register on the site and click the “community access” option to get it for free. These are only two of ten courses available for free through the academy (the rest are paid), but they are courses really relevant and helpful for people right now.

The Mindfulness Center are delivering twice daily free mindfulness practice which you can sign up for here. These are at 12noon and 8pm. As well as the MTAI (Mindfulness Teacher’s Association of Ireland) twice daily free live sessions at 9 am and 9 pm (between up to 40 per session) There are also some structured paid programmes delivered over a number of weeks which are available on their website-

Anam Cara is providing online support to bereaved parents. You can view their 8 week free online videos on YouTube. This can also be accessed on their website

Michelle from Anchor Therapy ( is offering free Trauma sensitive yoga sessions online for frontline workers. Check out Michelle’s YouTube channel here for more Trauma Sensitive Yoga videos along with other useful videos relating to anxiety management, routine and Occupational Therapy. Michelle is also offering free Occupational Therapy support sessions for Leaving Cert students who may be struggling with pressure, anxiety, study skills and routines. is a hub to showcase a variety of organisations work and to provide evidenced based information (video/podcast based only) and education (webinars/training) around mental health and emotional wellbeing for the general public. This is free to access.

Money & Mental Health – Practical Financial Skills to Manage Money
The guide from offers lots of helpful information such as:

  • How financial debt and money worries impact people’s mental health: did you know that 9.5 million adults in the UK suffer from mental health issues as a result of financial anxiety?
  • The importance of practical financial skills and how it helps with mental health, including expert advice on combating debt, knowing why people overspend, and how to manage the effects of money pressures.
  • Practical, useful tips and advice such as how to budget, analyzing spending habits, where to save on household expenses, how to deal with debt, and how to make money management a habit.
  • Other useful information and links to external resources to help develop practical financial skills and healthy habits around money.

MABS – Money advice and budgeting service has a Covid19 live feed page on updates to the current situation, how to manage money and how to get financial advice. MABS also wrote an article for A Lust for Life on money management during Covid19.
Activities to feel comforted at home has activities, recommendations, and ideas to help you stay in and take care of yourself and others. Updated daily.

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