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ATU offers wellbeing supports for students via text and online which can be accessed at any time of the day or night. The following are some of the supports that we provide:



ATU Galway-Mayo is a keyword partner with 50808. 50808 is a free 24/7 text service, providing everything from a calming chat to immediate support for people going through a mental health or emotional crisis –big or small. From breakups or bullying, to anxiety, depression and suicidal feelings, Crisis Volunteers are available 24/7 for anonymous text conversations. The aim is to provide immediate support in the short term and connect people to resources that will help them in the future. If you’re feeling anxious, overwhelmed or sad –text with a trained volunteer 24/7 by texting ATU to 50808. 

Participate social anxiety tool 

Participate is an online self-help tool that aims to boost student participation and to tackle social anxiety problems. Participants who completed the introductory module and at least 3 more short modules experienced a drop of around 40% in their level of social anxiety. You work through the programme at your own pace.



SilverCloud is an online mental health intervention platform that offers several programmes for students who are experiencing various mental health and wellbeing issues. Along with programmes for mental health there are programmes specific to higher education, on depression, anxiety, stress, resilience and body positivity. 

Key National Services 


Some face-to-face services are restricted at the moment because of the Covid-19 outbreak, but a number of organisations are still providing: online support and counselling, phone support and text support.


  • Aware - resources which you may find useful when it comes to managing your mental well-being during the outbreak.

  • Bodywhys - National voluntary organisation supporting people affected by eating disorders.

  • Grow - a community of people drawn together by our first-hand experiences of mental health problems.

  • Mental Health Ireland - Promoting Positive Mental Health, Wellbeing and Recovery

  • Turn2me - a community of fully qualified and accredited mental health professionals working online.

  • Shine – supporting people affected by mental ill health.


There are lots of support services available to you through ATU's Student Services.

Services include:

If you need help, are stressed or anxious about your study or exams, you can get in touch with your ATU student mentor.

Minding Your Wellbeing Programme

Brought to you by HSE Health and Wellbeing, this evidence-based programme provides a unique opportunity for people to learn more about mindfulness, gratitude, self-care and resilience.

Phone, email and text support


Samaritans - Emotional support to anyone in distress or struggling to cope.

Freephone 116 123 every day 24 hours a day

Pieta House - telephone and text-based support counselling for people who are suicidal or engaging in self-harm.

Freephone 1800 247 247 every day 24 hours a day.
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