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COVID 19 News 13th May 2020

"HEAR FOR YOU" initiative

Siobhán Cronogue, Longford PPN and Karen Reilly, Longford Community Champion/ Longford Women's Link launched the "HEAR FOR YOU" initiative today as part of the Governments “In This Together” campaign.

If cabin fever has started to set in then it's time to reach out!!!

The purpose of the initiative is to connect people across the county who are isolating or home on their own. The initiative is aimed at lone parents, stressed parents, professionals living alone, people with disabilities, non-nationals or anyone who wants to connect with other members of the community.

HEAR FOR YOU will be a network of people who would like to make/receive a phone call. This can be just for a friendly chat, swap tips on shared interests like gardening, baking, sewing, music, arts & crafts and so on.

For more information or to get involved and be part of this chain of community calls please contact:

Siobhán Cronogue, PPN Development Officer

Mobile: 087 261 5583

Karen Reilly, Longford Community Champion/LWL

Mobile: 086 418 3435


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Useful contacts:

The Community Call

Phone 043 33 44255 /1800 300 122, open 9am to 5pm seven days a week

Email: covidsupport@longfordcoco.ie


Alone provide a COVID-19 support line for older people Telephone 0818 222 024 (from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday) Visit www.alone.ie


Emotional support to anyone in distress or struggling to cope Freephone 116 123 (any time, day or night) Email jo@samaritans.ie

Pieta House

Pieta House provides telephone and text-based support counselling for people who are suicidal or engaging in self-harm Freephone 1800 247 247 (any time, day or night) Text HELP to 51444 (standard message rates apply). Telephone appointments will be provided to replace face to face appointments - contact your local Pieta House for details

Childline (ISPCC)

Ireland's 24-hour national listening service for young people up to the age of 18 Freephone 1800 666 666 (any time, day or night) Text 50101 (from 10am to 4pm every day) Chat online at www.childline.ie (from 10am to 4pm every day)

BeLonG To Text Support

BeLonG To provide support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI+) young people in Ireland Text LGBTI+ to 086 1800 280 to can chat in confidence with a trained crisis volunteer (anytime day or night, standard SMS rates may apply) While face to face services are closed, information, referral and advice will be provided digitally, by email, SMS, phone call or video conference Visit www.belongto.org

Crisis Text Line Ireland

A confidential messaging support service Text TALK to 086 1800 280 (any time day or night, standard SMS rates may apply)

LGBT Ireland

Online support and through the helpline for LGBT+ people across Ireland LGBT Helpline 1890 929 539 (every day) Gender Identity Family Support Line 01 907 3707 Email info@lgbt.ie for support or information while face to face services are closed. An instant messaging service is available 7 days a week, from 6:30pm to 10pm Mon – Thur, from 4pm to 10pm Fridays, and from 4pm to 6pm on Sat & Sun

Mental Health Ireland 

Information and support for people who experience mental health difficulties Information line (01) 284 1166 (from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday) Visit www.mentalhealthireland.ie or email info@mentalhealthireland.ie for more information


Mental Health Recovery Information line 1890 474 474 Visit www.grow.ie or email info@grow.ie for more information, or while peer support groups are postponed

Exchange House Ireland

National Traveller Mental Health Service Telephone and online services and supports are available while face to face and group services have stopped Call 01 8721094 (then press 1) for support, help or advice (from 9am to 5pm every day) . Visit www.exchangehouse.ie for more information