Mission: Helplink Support Services mission is to provide accessible mental health and conflict resolution services; locally, nationally and internationally.
Vision: Helplink Support Services’ vision is to be Ireland’s leading provider of accessible, free or low cost mental health and conflict resolution services locally, nationally and internationally.
We aim to achieve this vision through partnership with other organisations and by providing our services accessibly through the utilisation of traditional face-to-face service provision structures in the West of Ireland, coupled with online technologies for service provision nationally and internationally; 7 day a week and out of hours.
Local & National Counselling / Therapeutic Services:
Helplink’s qualified, insured and Garda vetted counsellors are available for appointments 7 days a week and out-of-hours from 9 am to 9 pm Monday to Friday and 12 to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday; at low costs.
Employee/Corporate Services: we provide a staff (EAP) counselling service that is available 7 days a week by phone and online nationwide (nationally/internationally). This is a pay-as-you-go service for companies large and small. Helplink also provide workshops for leaders and employees on topics such as: safe communication, building resilience, stress and anxiety management and mindfulness at work.
Irish Abroad Counselling Service: With support in the past from the Minister for Diaspora, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the GAA, An Post and other agencies we provide our unique free online counselling service for Irish citizens living abroad. The service is available to current Irish passport holders globally (time zone dependent).
Mind Hacks Workshops: we provide a suite of workshops to primary, post-primary and third level students called ‘Mind Hacks’. Over the past two academic years we have providing these evidence based workshops to 600+ students across Galway City and County. With averages of over 90% of participants relating that the workshops benefited them with regard to their mental health and conflict resolution skills.
Face-to-Face Mediation Service: in our Conflict Resolution Centre, based in Galway, servicing the West of Ireland, we provide a face-to-face; donation based Mediation Service for people dealing with:
Online Mediation Service: in addition we provide Ireland’s first Online Mediation Service – the reasoning behind setting up this service is because we wanted to support people who are in conflict and either cannot or should not be in the same room with each other; but they still need to sort out disputes such as child access and financial matters.
CRC ‘Mind Hacks’ Workshops: The CRC has also provides a ‘Mind Hacks’ workshop for schools and the community called ‘Changing Conflict’. This workshop is aimed mainly at transition year students and local community groups; it provides participants with the skills and techniques to manage conflict in a more productive manner and deepens their understanding of the concepts of conflict/bias.
Lochlann holds a BA in Psychological Studies and two post graduate diplomas in Psychology and a Postgraduate Health Psychology. Lochlann worked in Social Care for many years in the HSE West in residential and long-term family support; he also developed and piloted Galway City Social Work department’s first parenting programme for male caregivers during his time. Previous to his time with the HSE he held multiple management roles in the retail and hospitality sectors. Lochlann founded Helplink Support Services in 2012 as he saw there was a need to be more innovative in how we provide mental health and conflict resolution services to our communities both at home and abroad. Furthermore, Lochlann is a voluntary Board Director/Member with Mental Health Reform (Ireland). He was the winner of the ‘One to Watch’ Social Entrepreneur award at the SCCUL Awards in 2011 and the 2016 runner-up in the Social Entrepreneur of year category.
Greg McMenamin is Helplink’s Office Administrator, previous to joining Helplink in January 2016 he was an administrator with Maoin Cheoil na Gaillimhe. Greg holds a B.A. in English Studies and Sociology and Politics from NUI Galway; he is also the organisation’s GDPR Officer and has completed the ASSIT programme.
Gilles Varette: Product Support Manager Americas – EMEA CSG International (Chair of Helplink Board)
Nial O’Reilly: Executive Consultant & Business Coach
Tamar Scott: Counselling Psychologist, Supervisor and Dir. of NUIG’s Dip. in Psychology of Counselling
Sam O’Neill: Marketing Executive and former President of GMIT Student’s Union
Debbie McDonagh: Family Support Training & Development Coord. at WRDATF
Georgina Kearney: Qualified Accountant and Business Consultant (Sustained Growth Consulting)
Jennifer Conroy: MA in International Human Rights Law. Founder of Failte Refugees and previous teacher.
Michelle Corcoran: Responsible for HR in EMEA at The MathWorks
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