LGBT+ people are all over Ireland, and LGBT+ support groups are similarly widespread. If you experience homophobia, biphobia or transphobia, or if you’d simply like to get support from your local LGBT+ community, there are a wide range of groups and organisations across Ireland.
In a crisis (when someone might harm themselves, harm someone else, or is vulnerable to suicide) it is important to get help as quickly as you can for yourself or the person you are concerned about.
You can get professional help through:
Find a local family doctor (G.P.) or health centre by visiting the HSE.ie online service finder. If it’s late in the evening, night time or the weekend, contact a G.P. Out of Hours Service. G.P.s are also listed under ‘General Practitioners’ in the Golden Pages. Find out how a G.P. can offer support for mental health problems.
Hospital emergency services
Go to or contact the Emergency Department of your nearest general hospital. Hospitals are listed on the HSE.ie online service finder. You can also contact the emergency services by calling 999 or 112 if you or someone else has harmed themselves or taken an overdose.
H.S.E. Mental health services
If you have been (or are currently) supported by a mental health team, go to the Emergency Department or contact the service you are attending and ask for an appointment as soon as possible.
Samaritans is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone struggling to cope. For confidential, non-judgemental support please call 116 123, email email@example.com, or visit www.samaritans.ie for details of the nearest branch.
Pieta House provides a free, therapeutic approach to people who are in suicidal distress and those who engage in self-harm. Please call 1 800 247 247 or visit www.pieta.ie
You might need to try a few options before you find appropriate support but don’t give up trying – there is help available. If possible, ask someone to come along with you to the support service you contact.
If you’re a young person, there are LGBT+ youth groups across the country which can support you and welcome you along.
BelongTo can also provide access to one-on-one support, counselling and drug & alcohol outreach support to young LGBT+ people.
Gender Identity Family Support Line
Call: 01 907 3707
This service is available every Sunday between 6pm and 9pm. The line is staffed by fully trained parents who offer support to parents and family members of trans people.
LOOK (Loving Our Out Kids)
Call: 087 253 7699
LOOK is a support group for parents of LGBT+ children.
If you experience hate that includes physical, emotional or sexual abuse, there is a range of support available across Ireland which you can access.
Rape Crisis Network
Call: 1800 778888 (24-hour hotline)