The HSE is the national health service in Ireland. Further information about both mental and physical health can be found by contacting your Local Health Office. In an emergency phone 112 or 999 to call an ambulance.

Medical card

Anyone who is ‘ordinarily resident’ (people living in Ireland for at least one year are considered to be ordinarily resident) in Ireland can apply for a medical card. To qualify for a medical card, your weekly income must be below a certain figure for your family size. A medical card will allow you to access certain health services free of charge. People without medical cards can still access a wide range of community and hospital health services, either free of charge or at reduced cost.

If you do not qualify for a medical card on income grounds, you may qualify for a GP visit card. Click here for more information   

A General Practitioner (GP) is the official term in Ireland for a doctor who gives services to people in their practice. If you require non-emergency healthcare, you can find your local GP or medical centre on the HSE website. 

Health Connect is a multilingual website which connects people to the health services they need, taking into account their location and the services available in that area. 

Mental Health

If you are struggling with your mental health it is best to seek advice from your GP. Below are some links to a number of organisations which provide various mental health services.

Samaratins offer a 24- hour helpline for those in need of support and offer information and advice online too. Call Freephone: 116 123 For more info visit here. 

Spirasi is the national centre for the rehabilitation of victims of torture in Ireland. Your GP (doctor) can refer you to Spirasi to avail of the support services they offer. Click here to access their website.

The HSE website also provides information and links to services for mental health and wellbeing.

Queer Diaspora provides information about organizations that work with LGBT asylum-seekers and refugees around Ireland.