Information and support on mental health
We discuss together your needs and concerns and provide options such as counselling to help you with your mental health difficulties.
Recovery planning and support designed for you
We offer recovery planning and support that can help you identify how mental health difficulties are affecting your personal goals and challenges. All our supports will help you move forward with your mental health.
Groups for people with lived experience of a mental health difficulty
Sharing experiences with others can be a great way of learning new coping skills and growing your support network. Our group facilitators have personal experience of moving forward from their own mental health difficulties.
Family and supporters groups
Groups for families, carers and friends of people with mental health difficulties. It can be helpful to talk to other people with similar experiences and to learn new ways of coping. Our facilitators have experience helping a family member or friend with a mental health difficulty.
Recovery training and education groups
Shine staff, people with lived experience and family members supporting people with lived experience of mental health difficulties, design and produce our recovery focused education programmes together. We offer wellbeing workshops to help you manage dealing with life’s challenges.
Our team will be able to provide you with more information on training and education courses in your area.
Contact our Regional team for information on how to access these supports in your region.
Shine Resource Centres and services
Shine has three Resource Centres in Dublin, Cork and Waterford.
Shine Resource Centres provide a welcoming and confidential space where people can explore their experiences with mental health.
Can I attend a Shine Resource Centre?
Yes, you can attend a resource centre if you have lived experience of mental health difficulties. You can contact us directly or your local community mental health team can refer you to one of our centres.
What happens at the centre?
Many different activities take place every week in our resource centres. Examples include:
- Recovery planning and support for individuals and groups
- Recovery training and education courses such as Taking Control, Stress Management, Wellness Recovery Action Plan®, Health and Nutrition
- Groups like art therapy, yoga, personal development
- Drop-in recovery information and support service. This is only available to people engaged in one-to-one or group work in the centre.
About Shine’s counselling services
We provide a national counselling service with counsellors based in Dublin, Cork and Waterford. Our services are available to anyone across Ireland.
Our experienced and accredited counsellors support individuals and family members affected by mental health difficulties.
We offer you a safe space to:
- explore your experience,
- increase self-awareness, and
- improve your skills and knowledge to help your overall wellbeing.
The service provides short- and long-term supports depending on your needs.
How can I access Shine counselling services?
You can contact our counsellors for an appointment or for information by phone or email.
Our services in Dublin and Cork are fully funded and free to access.
We provide a low-cost counselling service based in Waterford.
See the table below for details.
Confidential email counselling support
We operate a confidential email support service for anyone who doesn’t feel ready or able to speak to someone in person or on the phone. We check for emails every day from Monday to Friday, and our counselling team aims to respond the same day we receive an email.