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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.

Group support

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

We offer training and education programmes to people experiencing mental health difficulties and to those who support them to manage their own recovery.

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 (We are currently reconfiguring our Shine Waterford Centre services. Please link back in in February 2021 for more information).

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.


With effect from 26th March 2021, Shine will no longer be providing a counselling service in Dublin or Cork.

We are currently working to ensure that present clients of our Dublin and Cork counselling services are supported in being redirected to the most appropriate alternative service.

Following on from this announcement, Shine will commence a full review of our confidential counselling services, to determine the shape of future services and work to ensure that such services are sustainable, in line with best practice and capable of meeting the identified needs of Shine’s clients.

About Shine’s counselling services

We provide a counselling service that supports individuals and family members affected by mental ill health difficulties.

Our experienced and accredited counsellors 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-, medium- and long-term supports depending on your needs.

How can I access Shine counselling services?

We apologise for any inconvenience caused; we are only accepting new referrals for our Waterford Counselling Service.

You can contact our counsellor for an appointment or for information by phone or email.

Shine Counselling Services
Telephone number
Waterford (servicing Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford, Wexford and South Tipperary)
086 014 2105
Low Cost Sliding Scale
€10 – €50
Shine Counselling Services
Telephone number
Currently not accepting new referrals
Waterford (servicing Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford, Wexford and South Tipperary)
086 014 2105
Low Cost Sliding Scale
€10 – €50

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.