Please note that Nurture Health recommends that help should be sought from a professional, ie Doctor, Nurse, Counsellor, etc especially if you are in crisis as it is vital for recovery that you receive the correct advice and best treatment options.

Help is always at hand 24 hours a day 7 days a week. If you are feeling suicidal, if you are in danger of hurting yourself or someone else you need to talk to someone urgently. If you can’t reach us immediately you should call your local GP, Hospital or you can call Samaritans in Ireland on 1850 60 90 90 or 1 Life on 1800 247 100.

Emergency 24 hour 7 days a week Mental Health Supports

The Samaritans


There are a number of 24 hour HSE Hospitals that you can go to for an out of hours psychiatric assessment through their Accident and Emergency Departments.

  • Mater Misericordiaae, Dublin: 01 803200
  • Beaumont Hospital, Dublin: 01 809 3000
  • Connolly Hospital, Dublin: 01 6465000
  • St Vincents, Dublin: 1850 719 719
  • St James’s Hospital, Dublin: 01 4103000
  • Tallaght Hospital, Dublin: 01 4142000
  • Our Lady of Lourdes, Drogheda: 041 983 7601
  • Louth County Hospital, Dundalk: 042 9334701
  • Cavan General Hospital, Cavan: 049 436 1399
  • Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan: 046 902 1210
  • Longford Westmeath Regional Hospital, Mullingar 044 93 40221
  • Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore 057 932 1501
  • Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise 057 862 1364
  • Naas General Hospital, Naas 045 897221
  • University Hospital Limerick, 061 301111
  • Mid Western Regional Hospital, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, 067 31491
  • Mid Western Regional Hospital, Ennis, Co. Clare, 065 6824464

GP’s & Public Health Centres


Government Mental Health Services & Information in Ireland

Parenting Forums & Websites in Ireland

Books & Resources

Anti-natal Depression

  • Antenatal & Postnatal Depression. Practical advice and support for all sufferers. Siobhan Curham, Vermilion (2000)

Postnatal Depression

  • Overcoming postnatal depression: a five areas approach by Christopher Williams, Roch Cantwell and Karen Robertson, Hodder Arnold (2009)
  • Coping with postnatal depression by Dr Sandra Wheatley, Sheldon Press (2005)
  • Surviving postnatal depression by Cara Aitken, Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2000)
  • Feelings after childbirth: the NCT book of postnatal depression by Heather Welford, NCT Publishers (2002)

The following books are personal accounts of postpartum psychosis which some women may find helpful:

  • Eyes without Sparkle by Elaine Hanzak
  • Saving Grace: My journey & survival through postnatal depression by Grace Sharrock
  • Out of me: the story of a Postnatal Breakdown by Fiona Shaw
  • Understanding Postpartum Psychosis: A Temporary Madness by Teresa Twomey
  • Hillbilly Gothic: A Memoir of Madness and Motherhood by Adrienne Martini

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Books

  • Overcoming Anxiety – Helen Kennerly
  • Overcoming Panic – Derrick Silove
  • Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness – Gillian Butler
  • Overcoming Childhood Trauma – Helen Kennerley
  • Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Problems – Veale and Wilson
  • Overcoming Depression – Paul Gilbert
  • Overcoming Body Image Problems including Body Dysmorphic Disorder – David Veale, Rob Willson and Dr Alex Clarke
  • Overcoming Perfectionism – Roz Shafran, Sarah Egan & Tracey Wade
  • Overcoming Traumatic Stress – Claudia Herbert and Ann Wetmore
  • Overcoming Worry – Paul Gilbert
  • Overcoming full range of books is on
  • Mind Over Mood – Christine Padesky and Greenberger


  • How to Stop Worrying – Frank Tallis
  • Living with Fear: Understanding and Coping with Anxiety – Isaac M. Marks
  • The Worry Cure – Dr. Robert L. Leahy
  • Understanding Panic Attacks and Overcoming Fear – Dr. Roger Baker

Compassion Focused Therapy

  • The Compassionate Mind – Paul Gilbert
  • Mindful Compassion – Paul Gilbert & Choden
  • The Compassionate Mind Approach to Building Self-Confidence – Dr Mary Welford
  • The Compassionate Mind Approach to Recovering from Trauma – Deborah Lee
  • The Compassionate Mind Approach to Overcoming Anxiety – Dennis Tirch
  • The Compassionate Mind Approach to Reducing Stress – Maureen Cooper


  • Peace is every step – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Mindfulness in Plain English – Bhante Henepola Gunar
  • Awareness – Anthony de Mello
  • Wherever You Go, There You Are – Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • The Mindful Way Through Depression – Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal and John Kabat-Zinn
  • The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle
  • Light Mind – Padraig O Morain
  • Living in a Frantic World – Mark Williams
  • Full Catastrophe Living – John Kabit Zinn

All are recommended books by The Royal College of Psychiatrists, London or St Patrick’s Hospital, Dublin.  A word of warning – people’s personal stories of postnatal illness can be very affecting particularly if you are feeling vulnerable yourself, be aware of how they make you feel and only read them if you’re feeling OK.

St John of Gods Public Lectures Series Videos

Blogs from Ireland

General Mental Health Charities & Associations in Ireland

Parent, Childbirth & Family Supports

Support & Associations Worldwide

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