Mental Health & Wellbeing

This resource page signposts some of the support services for mental health and wellbeing as outlined by Athletics Ireland.  Mental health conditions are characterized by changes in our thinking, mood or behaviour and can include illnesses such as anxiety, depression, addiction, personality disorders or eating disorders.

Athletics Ireland Child Safeguarding

Athletics Ireland is committed to the safeguarding of all children and young people in athletics. If you have a child welfare or safeguarding query or concern please contact Kieron Stout, Athletics Ireland National Children’s Officer for support and advice. If you have a concern about the safety or wellbeing of a child please contact your local Gardai or TUSLA Duty Social Worker.

If you or someone you know is suffering please contact any of the following support services to get help and advice. A full list of services is available from Athletics Ireland.


Barnardos is a children’s charity that works with vulnerable children and their families in Ireland and campaigns for the rights of all children.


All conversations with Childline are private, which means that you can talk to Childline about anything and they won’t tell anyone unless you tell them who you are or where you are. Childline is for young people up to the age of 18. Contact services are available from 10am to 4am every day.


Jigsaw Galway is part of a national network of Jigsaw Services supported by Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health, all aiming to provide tailored community-based help for young people’s mental health needs. Jigsaw’s aim is to support young people in Galway who are struggling, to ensure they get the support they need, when and where they need it.


Samaritans provide 24-hour emotional support to anyone experiencing distress, despair or suicidal thought.


The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) is Ireland’s oldest and most well-known children’s charity. The ISPCC has a long, proud history of service delivery and advocacy on behalf of children.