News /20th Apr 20

Resources to help you through COVID 19

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This is a very challenging time for us all, especially those in recovery from addiction and their loved ones. We have put together this list of resources that may be able to help you through this crisis and we acknowledge all the great front line workers and support staff who are doing their best to provide help and assistance to us all! Please note that the Rutland Centre is not involved in any of these organisations and does not endorse any one above the other. We thank all these services for their support of those in recovery or addiction at this, and any, time. Stay home but stay connected! website (drug and alcohol information support)

HSE drug & alcohol helpline Tel: 1800 459 459

The Samaritans Call free on 116 123 or text 087 260 9090

Pieta house (support around suicide/self-harm) Tel: 01 623 5606 or call the National Suicide Helpline free on 1800 247 247 or text on 51444

Aware (depression and anxiety) Tel: 1980 303 302

Alcoholics Anonymous Many going ahead online due to COVID-19. Visit website for more information e.g. or (Online one to one or group counselling)

Grow (Mental Health support and Recovery) ** **Tel: 1890 474 474

Bodywhys (Eating Disorders Associations of Ireland) www.bodywhys.ieTel: 1890 200 444

Irish Advocacy Network (Peer advocacy in mental health) Tel: 01 872 8684

Shine (Supporting people effected by mental ill health)

Narcotics Anonymous meetings online There is a list of online meetings here:

  • Individuals and organisations can also contact us by phone:

East +353 (0) 86-8629308

North +44 (0) 300 365 10 10

West +353 (0) 86-8149004

South +353 (0) 87-1386120

Gamblers Anonymous meetings via phone:

  • GA are hosting daily meetings at 1 pm 7 days a week and at 20:15 every evening except Saturdays.

  • Call 01-9079710

  • When prompted for the access code, press 446112#

  • It will then ask "are you the host" Ignore that and continue to hold.

  • You will then be joined into the conference call.

  • It is my understanding that the host will then take your name.

  • According to the information line, #6 will mute and unmute your phone when the individual wishes to talk. Otherwise, keep the mobile/phone on mute to prevent unnecessary interruption

SLAA (Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous) meetings online:

  • Due to the sensitivity of the fellowship, they don't give out the passwords to non-members to allow you to connect online until you email them. Someone will then contact the individual back asking are they a member along with some general questions if this is the fellowship they need.GA Meetings via phone

Helplink Mental Health ( is providing the following free counselling services to people during the crisis, 7 days as a week online:

- free counselling for people laid off by the crisis

- free counselling for people with addictions (gambling, alcohol and/or drugs)

They also have a new free to use information platform with video and podcast content on mental health and emotional wellbeing (

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