Online Supports and Resources 06-05-2020

Online Supports and Resources

Free videos, podcasts and resources collated  by Dr Karen Treisman to support relaxation and emotional regulation/ supporting children and adults around anxiety, worry, stress, and fears; including specific Covid issues (updated on a very regular basis).


Stress Control

This programme includes six modules which will be broadcast at scheduled times for 3 weeks (2pm and 8.30pm Mondays and Thursday).

The programme covers topics including:


  • how stress affects our bodies and our thoughts,
  • skills to overcome panicky feelings,
  • and tips to getting a good night’s sleep.



Centre for Mindfulness Research


Practice Audio downloads






Parentline is a free, national, helpline that offers parents support, information and guidance on all aspects of being a parent and any parenting issues. Parentline volunteers are extensively trained in listening and counselling skills.


(non violent resistance which may be useful for parents currently is also  part of ParentLine’s trained support)

Help lines are open from Monday to Thursday 10am to 9pm and Fridays 10am to 4pm. / 1890 927277 )



Barnardos Telephone and Email Support


Barnardos telephone and email support service to provide advice to parents on a wide range of issues that may have come up during this time.
This service is staffed by Barnardos project workers who are trained professionals. Some issues that parents may need support on include:

  • How to talk to your children about the corona virus
  • Setting a good routine
  • Managing children’s behaviours and sibling dynamics
  • Managing aggression and family discord
  • Home schooling/managing school expectations.
  • Fostering natural learning opportunities in the home
  • Healthy eating
  • Accessing fun and educational activities for families and individual children
  • Managing your child’s worries
  • Self-care for parents
  • Helping parents manage their own worries and anxieties
  • Managing children’s online activity

Parents make contact with this service by phoning 1800 910 123 between 10.00am and 2.00pm Monday to Friday or by emailing



Aware are running Phone-In Support & Self Care groups (over 18)

The offering this week is for 4 meetings over 4 days at 4 different times.  The details are on the website

People register online through the website and will be an email reminder.



Jigsaw  mental health webinars 

Jigsaw are running webinars for young people and parents.

8 pm Monday, 27 April: ‘Supporting young people to stay positive and motivated.’ with Laura and Orlaith is for parents.

3 pm Tuesday, 28 April: ‘Minding your mental health during Covid-19 with Jen and Linda is for young people.


Jigsaw support line: freefone 1800 JIGSAW (544 729).

It will provide free mental health support and advice to young people aged 12 to 25 years old, and parents or concerned adults who live in the Republic of Ireland.



Advocacy Phone Support Service for children in care and care leavers
Open Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2-4 pm on 01-9631272 or request a callback from an Advocacy Officer by texting 087-9036598



Income Support 


Update on payments awarded for COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment And Jobseeker Payments


Supports for Older People


Age Action

Friendly Call Cork

Friendly Call Cork is a free service providing a daily phone call to older people or individuals who may feel lonely, isolated and vulnerable in Cork City; the service specifically targets people with chronic illness or who cannot engage in an active way in the community.

To set up the service, Contact Brenda Barry on 021 430 1700 or 087 636 6407, email


Advice and Information

Ombudsman for Children’s Office:  Advice and information for children and young people struggling to understand what is happening and how to cope is available from the Ombudsman for Children’s Office at

The parenting unit of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs has compiled a comprehensive directory of online resources, which can be found here.

The Dublin Children and Young People Services Committee have great tips and links for children’s well-being while we work together to stay safe and well. Some examples of how they are communicating Covid 19 information in their communities can be found here.

The Children’s Rights Alliance This website will be updated with links and information with regard to the resources that our members have created and are available to all

Tusla’s Parenting24seven – key messages on what works best for children and families at different ages and stages:



Family Law HUB


UCC Family Law Hub, is a comprehensive public resource of up-to-date information and guidance for people seeking advice and support on family law issues, including access to justice, custody arrangements, income and maintenance, children in care, disability and carers support, and broader supports for those experiencing domestic violence.  The Family Law hub:  –