Mental Health and Wellbeing supports

Horse Sport Ireland urges anyone from within the equestrian community (regardless of their age, gender or sexual orientation) who find themselves struggling with their mental health to contact any of the following organisations for help and support.

Click on the organisation’s logo below to be redirected to that organisation’s website.


Organisation Aimed at Details of organisation Type of support
Young people and adults To inform and educate on the nature, extent, and consequences of depression; provide emotional and practical support to those affected by depression and related disorders; provide positive mental health and resilience training; support research into the development and treatment of depression and related issues. Online


Education programme and workshops for groups and organisations

Young people To empower, support, and protect young people; services are all free and confidential; service does not trace calls or texts and IP address is not visible. Children and teenagers can talk about anything, it doesn’t have to be a problem; provide help to find solutions and there to listen. Telephone



Workshops and talks for groups



All ages Information and support for minding mental and physical health. Online support

Crisis signposting

            Young people (12-25) Network of projects supported by Headstrong where any young person (12 – 25) can go to a Jigsaw project if they have concerns that they want to talk about; providing information, advice, guidance and confidential support; can call or drop in during opening hours. The service is free and confidential. On line information

Direct one to one support for young people

Information/training workshops for young people and adults

Young people and adults Centre for the prevention of self-harm or suicide; helping someone come through their crisis and exchange their negative feelings for positive, hopeful emotions. Therapy sessions

Suicide prevention support



Young people and adults Available for people talk to at anytime they like, in their own way, and off the record – about whatever’s getting to them. Help-line

Provide training for groups and organisations

All ages


Action Mental Health changes the lives of those living with mental ill health and promotes resilience and well-being to future generations. Information




Young people and adults Vision is a future where people can talk about their mental health openly; access services appropriate to their needs and have the skills and knowledge to maintain positive mental health. Support groups

Help line services

Information leaflets

Help for young people

Training and workshops for young people and adults



ChildLine counsellors are trained staff and volunteers who all have experience of listening and talking to children and young people. ChildLine is the UK’s free, confidential helpline dedicated to children and young people. ChildLine is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year. Help line

Online help


Provides advice, information and help

Young people


A research network that aims to reduce the prevalence of mental health problems experienced by children and young people. Working across sectors and disciplines to tackle 4 research challenges. Information


Young people and adults


Lifeline is the Northern Ireland crisis response helpline service for people who are experiencing distress or despair. Lifeline also provides support and guidance to families and carers, concerned friends, professionals, teachers, youth workers, clergy and communities. Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Crisis response help line service


All ages


The Mental Health Foundation provides guidance and information helping people to protect, understand and sustain their own mental health. Information



Information on mental health for the public, service users, family members /carers, mental health professionals and mental health advocates. Infoline

Legal advice on mental health law

Community support

General – more adult focused This is a Public Health Agency (PHA) information website for people concerned about their own or someone else’s mental health, as well as those interested in maintaining good mental health. Public information website


Young people and adults


Offers and supports training in personal management, communicating, job seeking and specific work skills; provides high quality carer services; supports and facilitates people in taking active steps towards their own recovery. Training programmes in the areas of support provided.


Young people and adults


A community-based initiative committed to building relationships and working in partnership to reduce the impact of suicide. Drop-in resource centre

Presentations and support

Signposting. Partnership with local services

Training in suicide intervention, awareness, mental health, and self-harm.


Young people


A safe online space available to inform and support young people who self-harm, as well as cater for the needs of their siblings, parents and friends; provide information and training for professionals like youth workers, teachers and social workers. Website

Training and workshops

Young people


Committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people, campaign, research and influence policy and practice. Parents’ Helpline

Online resources

Training and development, Outreach work, publications


Young people and adults LGBT Ireland are here to listen in confidence and without judgement, seven days a week. Talk to them by phone or online through their instant messaging service or by coming along to one of their peer support groups. Whatever is on your mind they’re here to listen.


National LGBT helpline

Online chat support
Transgender family support line

Online groups

Monthly peer support groups