If you need to talk to someone in confidence call 1890 929 539 or head over to lgbt.ie to try the online chat service.
“As volunteer with the helpline I act as coordinator for the Galway branch of the helpline and it’s a role I find very rewarding. I also train new volunteers in the skills needed and used to be a volunteer on the line and help those callers who, quite often, just need someone to talk to.”
The LGBT Helpline is a national support service for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people and their families and friends, run by LGBT Ireland.
The LGBT Helpline provides access to a network of trained volunteers who provide a non-judgemental, confidential, listening support and information service for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people as well as their family and friends. Our website also provides a gateway to information and support options for LGBT people in Ireland. We also have information that will be useful for people questioning if they might be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
The service was established in 2010 by seven local LGBT helplines, who shared a vision to create an infrastructure to enable them to offer support and information nationally through their network of trained volunteers.
Today the LGBT Helpline offers a comprehensive range of services which provide support and information on issues relating to sexuality and gender identity.
Non-judgmental, confidential listening and support, is provided seven days a week through the telephone helpline 1890 929 539 and through our online instant messaging service available here. While this dedicated website provides a gateway to information and support throughout the country.
The peer support service established in 2014, offers opportunities for people to come together on a monthly basis, to provide emotional and practical support to each other around a common experience or situation. Click here for more details about the groups we offer.
The LGBT Helpline also delivers LGBT awareness training to other services and community groups, to enhance the support received by LGBT people accessing these services and groups.
The LGBT Helpline works with partner organisations to expand the support available to LGBT people and their family members, including with Samaritans Ireland through their Direct Dial and Connect programmes.
The LGBT Helpline currently receives funding from the National Office of Suicide Prevention, and from Pobal through their SSNO 2014 – 2016 grant scheme.