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MABS Meal Planner Online / Parent Action Videos from CYPSC / Health & Wellbeing Advice: Posture and Smoking Cessation / Reporting Concern /Counselling Supports from Sláintecare & HSE / 

  1. MABS Meal Planner

The MABS Meal Planner is now live across social media. This is a 4 week campaign to inspire people into creating healthy and balanced meals, while helping them save money.

Every Thursday, a new plan will be posted here:

Find Week 1 here:

Join the event on Facebook:

2. Parent Action Videos

The Children & Young People’s Services Committee (CYPSC) ‘Supporting Parents’ Parent Action Leaflets have been turned into Parent Action Videos – link is here

3. Health & Wellbeing Advice: Posture and Smoking Cessation

The joint Department of Health, Healthy Ireland and HSE campaign continues to give mental health and wellbeing advice and resources that we can avail of. 

Please take a look if you think this is something that you might benefit from. 

New videos covering the following topics have been added here:
1.        Positive Posture while working from home: Anna O’Brien, Senior Physiotherapist, HSE
2.        Tips for quitting smoking: Miriam O’Shea, Smoking Cessation Officer, HSE

4. Reporting Concern


5. Sláintecare and HSE: Counselling and Psychotherapy Project

In response to the mental health challenges posed by COVID 19, MyMind is now working with Sláintecare and the HSE to provide fully subsidised counselling, psychotherapy and psychological support for individuals in all regions of Ireland. The main mental health issues include issues arising from unemployment, bereavement, social isolation/cocooning, illness, stress, depression, anxiety, addiction, domestic violence, etc.

This project has received funding from the Government of Ireland’s Sláintecare Integration Fund 2019 under Grant Agreement Number 478A.

All counselling and psychotherapy sessions delivered through this project will be provided by MyMind and will be carried out online via video call or phone calls. To learn more, please visit:


To be eligible for the fully subsidised counselling sessions you should be:

  • Presenting with COVID 19 related mental health issues (e.g. bereavement, social isolation/cocooning, illness, stress, depression, anxiety, addiction, domestic violence, etc.);

AND (at least one of the following)

✓ A front-line worker in a medical setting (e.g. HSE staff, nursing home staff, paramedic, public health worker, GP etc.)

✓ Employed with low income (see threshold in How Do I Apply section)

✓ Unemployed due to COVID 19

✓ Bereaved resulting from COVID 19

✓ Over the age of 65

✓ Cocooning due to ill-health (regardless of age)

*When registering your account, in addition to the employment status, you should also select COVID-19 affected or Frontline staff.


To avail of the fully subsidised sessions, you must be over the age of 18 and prior to any booking may be required to submit one or more items of documentation from the following list in order to verify eligibility.

Fully subsidised children and adolescent appointments may also be offered, but are limited to parental support, and not working with the child directly.

Documentation List:

✓ Proof of employment as a front-line worker in a medical setting e.g. ID badge, payslip, etc.; or

✓ Proof of receipt of Pandemic Unemployment Benefit; or

✓ Proof that average take-home weekly wage is €350 or less; or

✓ A referral letter from your GP.


To arrange an appointment/session with MyMind, please visit:

or clink in the following: GET STARTED

Documents for eligibility can be uploaded and submitted through the online account you will create when registering

For any further questions

please email us at

or phone the office on 076 680 1060.

Terms and condition:

The client accepts the Terms & Conditions associated with the service prior to attending the first session which in addition to the normal T&C for service include:

  1. Client accepts that fully subsidised of charge sessions are offered on a first come first served basis and that the overall number of appointments available under the scheme is limited;
  2. A maximum of 3 appointments can be booked in advance at any one time;
  3. Once the scheme is fully subscribed, if clients wish to continue treatment they may convert to regular client status and avail of the standard fee service applicable to their circumstances;
  4. Appointments may be cancelled up to 24 hours before the session is due to begin. Once a client has had two late cancellations and/or no shows, they will be removed from the scheme and will no longer be eligible for fully subsidised of charge appointments;
  5. All subsidised appointments must take place between 9th of June 2020 and 11th of September 2020, subject to availability.


MyMind is committed at every level and in all aspects of the service it offers to provide a confidential service to all those who are seeking mental health support. Confidentiality is between the individual and the organisation and between the individual and the mental health professional. For more information see
Further terms and conditions can be found on:




Supports, Advice and Quick Maskmaking!

IICP College: Online Workshop – Emerging from COVID-19

Pandemics elicit an invisible anxiety between social-distancing and connection, cocooning and isolation, survival and death. Managing our responses to our usual anxieties is difficult enough, so how do we manage them when enmeshed with the shadow of a pandemic? This online workshop aims to explore how pandemics complicate our anxieties, and offers a range of therapeutic responses.
Book your place by: 21/06/20

Minding your Long-term health condition during Coronavirus

This HSE long term health conditions leaflet has been adapted by Pavee Point and is a useful guide.

Pavee Point_Chronic Health COVID 19 FINAL

Quick Face Covering

Stuck for a face covering? Plenty of odd socks around the house? Here’s a quick and easy way to make a mask from a single sock…while double or triple-layer masks are better protection, sometimes we just need something simple! The video isn’t in English but it’s very clear to follow.


Some more useful supports and information

Crisis Text Line Ireland Launches “For the Frontlines” emotional support for Healthcare Professionals and Essential Workers

In an effort to support health care professionals and essential workers who are increasingly putting their lives at risk during the coronavirus pandemic, Crisis Text Line Ireland, and its affiliate partners Crisis Text Line (US), Kids Help Phone (Canada), and Shout (UK), have created the For the Frontlines campaign to raise awareness about their free crisis support service. Crisis Text Line is funded by the Health Service Executive (HSE) in Ireland.

Supporting Diabetes

People with diabetes are considered a high-risk group because having diabetes causes the body to raise glucose levels during times of illness or stress which makes it more difficult to fight infection. Hence people with diabetes have an increased risk of moderate or severe illness.

Barnardos Family Supports

Barnardos provides practical and emotional supports to children and parents in its 41 centres, in families’ own homes, through the school environment, and within communities across Ireland. Last year we worked with over 20,000 children, young people and their families.

Given our expertise in providing a wide variety of supports to families and children, Barnardos have launched a national telephone and email support service for parents in response to the challenges they are facing during the Covid-19 pandemic. This service will be staffed by Barnardos project workers who are trained professionals in the areas family support and social care.

The government’s response to Covid-19 has meant that normal routines and sources of support are currently unavailable to many families. Through our dedicated telephone and email support service Barnardos staff can provide support and advice to parents on the following issues:

  • How to talk to your children about the corona virus
  • Setting a good routine
  • Managing children’s behaviours and sibling dynamics
  • Managing aggression and family discord
  • Home schooling/managing school expectations.
  • Fostering natural learning opportunities in the home
  • Healthy eating
  • Accessing fun and educational activities for families and individual children
  • Managing your child’s worries
  • Self-care for parents
  • Helping parents manage their own worries and anxieties
  • Managing children’s online activity

Barnardos also provides specialist services and support in relation to bereavement, adoption and fostering.

You can make contact with this service by phoning 1800 910 123 between 10.00am and 2.00pm Monday to Friday or by emailing


Key Messages for Parents – Internet Safety

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Now More Than Ever: from ALONE

ALONE, the organisation which supports older people, have teamed up with Gavin James and Bonfire Dublin to release their ‘Now more than ever’ campaign, a series of short videos on loneliness featuring Gavin James’s music, which call on members of the public to stay in touch with the older people they know who may be feeling lonely whilst cocooning.

STEP AHEAD Vocational Service is open for new clients

STEP AHEAD is a project from Acquired Brain Injury Ireland and they are delighted to announce that they’re now open to accept new referrals and assessments for this free vocational service. Given the current restrictions on face to face contact, the assessment will be partially completed via Zoom until such restrictions are lifted.

Free Employment Law Advice Clinic for Women during Covid-19

The National Women’s Council of Ireland and Community Law and Mediation are operating a free employment law advice clinics for women by phone. If you are concerned about your treatment at work or have a legal question you want to discuss in detail, NWCI and their partners in the clinics, Community Law & Mediation, can help.

Threshold: Advice for renters whose tenancies are affected by COVID-19 measures

If your tenancy is at risk or impacted in any way as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, contact Threshold. Advice includes: Government measures, COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment, Rent Supplement, Direct engagement with your landlord & Contact Threshold.

Mercy Law Resource Centre: Know Your Rights

Mercy Law Resource Centre have begun putting together a Know Your Rights series, the first two parts of the series in particular focus in on new legal and policy updates in light of Covid-19 in particular those affecting rent, notice of termination and evictions.

Community Law & Mediation: Free Legal Advice Clinics by Phone

In response to the increased need for legal information and advice, we will be running Free Legal Advice Clinics by Phone in the areas of social welfare, housing, debt and employment. General queries also welcome. To book a phone consultation, please contact 01 847 7804 or 061 536 100 and leave your name, number and the county you are calling from.

Information guide and dedicated bank phonelines for cocooning and vulnerable bank customers

Banking & Payments Federation Ireland has published a special information guide providing practical advice for cocooning customers on the various ways in which they can manage their day-to-day banking and finances in a safe way while they stay at home.