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External Supports

On this page you have a listing of a range of External support agencies and websites. Simply click on the link that is of interest to you:


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Ahead  Association for Higher Education Access and Disability, promotes access to an participation in higher education for students with disabilities 

Lucan Disability Action Group was established in October 2000, to address the needs of people with a disability in the Lucan area, by eight members of the local community. 

Alcohol Addiction

Al Anon Family Groups offers understanding and support for families and friends of problem drinkers in an anonymous environment, whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not.

Rehab4Addiction offers alcohol and drug rehabilitation services. 

Alateen is part of the Al-Anon fellowship and is for young people, aged 12 - 17 inclusive, who are affected by a problem drinker. Alateen members share their ideas and experience in order to gain a better understanding of alcoholism. Alateen groups are sponsored by two adult Al-Anon members.

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.

www.askaboutalcohol.ie A HSE website with information on alcohol usage and helpful resources.  

Drink Aware raises awareness about alcohol consumption by providing hints, tips, facts, campaigns and publications.


Dyslexia – Do you think you have dyslexia? HSE

Dyslexia Association of Ireland lobbies for the provision of appropriate services by the state to all people with dyslexia. It provides a free information service to the public. Services offered include: psycho-educational assessment of children and adults, group and individual specialised tuition, teachers' courses, summer schools, speakers for schools and parents groups.

Dyslexia support Cork

Domestic Abuse

Amen is a voluntary group providing a confidential helpline, support service and information, for male victims of domestic abuse.

Aoibhneas Women's Refuge provides a drop-in service and practical and emotional support to women and children experiencing domestic violence.

Co-Dependents Anonymous a 12-step mutual support group whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. The only requirement for membership is a desire for healthy and loving relationships. 

Asberger syndrome

Asperger Syndrome Association of Ireland provides information and support for all affected by Asperger Syndrome in Ireland


Aware provides information and support to individuals and families affected by depression.

Students Against Depression

Positive Mental Health

Youth Mental Health


Bi-Polar & Schizophrenia disorders


Samaritans provides confidential non-judgmental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.

 Shine Online is the national organisation dedicated to upholding the rights and addressing the needs of all those affected by enduring mental illness including, but not exclusively, schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder and bi-polar disorder, through the promotion and provision of high-quality services and working to ensure the continual enhancement of the quality of life of the people it serves.

 Ethnic Minority

Cáirde is a community development organization working to tackle health inequalities among ethnic minority communities by improving ethnic minority access to health services, and ethnic minority participation in health planning and delivery.

Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol Abuse

Friends and Family of Alcoholics

Drug Addiction

Cocaine Anonymous is a mutual support group for anyone who wants to stop using cocaine and all other mind-altering substances (including alcohol and other drugs) is welcome.

 Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a non-profit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We meet regularly to help each other stay clean.

 Drugs.ie drug and alcohol information and support

 www.quit.ie - A HSE website with information and helpful supports to help quit smoking.

 Gambling addiction

Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from gambling.


Crisis Pregnancy Services is a planning and co-ordinating body established to formulate and implement a strategy to address the issue of crisis pregnancy in Ireland.

 Positive Options is a crises pregnancy service providing information about support and options available.

 Mental Health Services

Mental Health Ireland provides an Information service on issues relating to mental health and mental illness through information fact-sheets, its website and directly by telephone, post and email. Undertaking research on mental health topics, and organising conferences, courses, workshops and seminars on a wide variety of issues relating to mental health

 In Patient Care St Patricks Lucan: mental health issues including anxiety, depression, alcohol/chemical dependence

 OCD Ireland provides information and useful resources for OCD, Trichotillomania & Body Dysmorphic Disorder sufferers in Ireland.

 Detect provides a rapid comprehensive assessment service for individuals who may be experiencing a first episode of psychosis.

 Grow is a mental health organisation which helps people who have suffered, or are suffering, from mental health problems. Members are helped to recover from all forms of mental breakdown, or indeed, to prevent such happening.

 Headspace.com Meditation on-line

 Jigsaw  is a national centre which provides support and advice on youth mental health, with thirteen Jigsaw services throughout Ireland.

 ReachOut.com offers comprehensive and in-depth information on mental health issues for young people. It also provides a safe space where young people can engage with each other on issues that really affect them – from drugs and alcohol to suicide and self-harm, from exam stress to bullying.

 Spun Out An interactive website dealing with a range of topics such as Accommodation, Alcohol & Drugs, Disability, Education, Equality, Healthy body & Mind, Money, Personal Safety, relationships, sexuality and pregnancy and much more…

 Student Depression A website whose aim is to present depression in a way which positions those affected by it with options, strategies and empowerment to resist its effects in their lives.


Irish Association of Suicidology of Ireland A forum for all individuals and voluntary groups involved in any aspect of suicidology for the exchange of knowledge gained from differing perspectives and experiences.

Sexual Violence

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre is a national organisation offering a wide range of services to women and men who are affected by rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment or childhood sexual abuse. The services include a national 24-hour helpline, one to one counselling, court accompaniment, outreach services, training, awareness raising and lobbying. Our aim is to offer help and support to anyone who has experienced sexual violence of any kind.

 National Counselling Service (NCS) is a counselling service for people over 18 years of age who have been abused (emotional, physical, sexual or neglect) in childhood.

One in Four offers a voice to and support for women and men who have experienced sexual abuse and/or sexual violence and also to their family and friends.

Victim Support Crime Victims Helpline is a National Helpline which offers support to victims of crime in Ireland. The aim is to support, inform and empower victims of crime and all those affected by crime.

Women's Aid An organisation providing direct services and training on the issue of violence against women. Services provided include appropriate support to women and children who are experiencing abuse.

Eating disorder

Overeaters Anonymous (OA) offers a program of recovery from compulsive eating using the Twelve Steps of OA. OA charges no dues or fees; it is self-supporting through member contributions.

 Bodywhys provides a range of support services for people affected by eating disorders, including specific services for families and friends.

Financial Issues

MABS Money Advice & Budgeting Service MABS Money advice and budgeting services has a range of financial planning and supports available


Housing supports is available through threshold.


Focus Ireland responds to the needs of people out-of-home and those at risk of becoming homeless. They provide emergency transitional and long-term accommodation for people out-of-home.

 Threshold We are a registered charity whose aim is to secure a right to housing, particularly for households experiencing the problems of poverty and exclusion.


Health Promotion is a Health Services Executive website dealing with topics such as alcohol, smoking, breastfeeding, young people, mental health, drugs, sexual health and health literacy.

 Irish Council for International Students an independent organisation advocating for the rights of international students in Ireland. This site provides information and advice on studying in Ireland and explains our activities and advocacy work around International Education. You can also discover more about the Irish Aid Fellowship Training Programme.

 Irish Family Planning Association The IFPA is a charitable organisation, which, guided by our vision and mission statement , provides sexual and reproductive health information, clinical services, counselling services, education, training and awareness raising.

Irish Refugee Council The Irish Refugee Council (IRC) is a membership-based, independent non-governmental organization which advocates on behalf of asylum seekers and refugees.

Inspire Ireland Foundation is a charitable organisation that helps young people lead happier lives. Inspire Ireland achieves its mission through the delivery of ReachOut.com; an online service to help young people aged 16-25 get through tough times.

 One Family is a leading national organisation for one-parent families in Ireland. Progressing the work of Cherish, we work with all types and all members of one-parent families, respecting the realities of family life in Ireland, to affect positive change and achieve equality and social inclusion for all one-parent families in Ireland. We aim to provide high-quality, much-needed services to the many different one-parent families in Ireland and the professionals working with them.

 Outhouse is the resource and community centre for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered communities in Dublin.

 Parent Line offer support, guidance and information on all aspects of being a parent.

 Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (S.L.A.A.) is a Twelve Step fellowship based on the model pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous. The only qualification for S.L.A.A. membership is a desire to stop living out a pattern of sex and love addiction. S.L.A.A. is supported entirely through the contributions of its membership, and is free to all who need it.

 Turn2me.org  Provides a three tiered approach to supporting mental wellbeing; self help peer support and professional support through online counselling for people over 18 years old. 

 www.teni.ie  Transgender Equality Network Ireland - offers information and resources pertaining to transgender experiences

 Yourmentalhealth.ie  is a place to learn about mental health, and how to support yourself and the people you love

 External Referral Source

 If you are seeking an external counsellor/psychotherapist here are professional bodies which can help provide you with contact information to professional & accredited practitioners.

If you are seeking an external counsellor/psychotherapist here are professional bodies which can help provide you with contact information to professional & accredited practitioners.

Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy


Irish Council for Psychotherapy


The Psychological Society of Ireland

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A)  Pay 300euro deposit online - Choosing this option you will be required to submit your VISA, Debit Card or Laser Card details online. This is a secured online payment facility offered by Realex International Payments provider. Once the deposit is received Admissions will process your booking.

B) Pay in Full Online - chose this option and submit online your visa or laser card details. Your booking will be immediately processed by admissions as a priority. Whatever course you choose on the booking form, the advertised fee will be deducted from your visa or laser.

C) Forward Payment  - this option is not available internationally but within Republic of Ireland only. Bookings are not confirmed until payment by cheque or bank transfer has been received.  If you are getting the course sponsored, a minimum of a deposit is required to secure your place which will be fully refunded after sponsor payment has been received. Check with CMI Accounts to see whether your employer paid and to receive invoice/receipt accounts@cmi-ireland.com

D) Pay Fees after paying Booking Deposit - CMI allow you to pay the balance of your course fees either by making an online payment or by Calling and they will process your payment over the phone- To Pay online.

E)  Course Fees Payable in Advance - All course fees are payable in advance. The deposit is deducted from the overall course fee and the balance of payment is required before start date of course.

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If you are being sponsored by an employer or other body, you must still pay a deposit of 300 euro to secure your place irrespective of whether you are being sponsored by an employer or other body. Once payment is received in full from the employer or sponsor for the course, you will receive a 300euro deposit refund.

Admissions will confirm your place, usually within 2- 3 days of receipt of your booking. All course booking information is reviewed against eligibility criteria by Admissions. You will also receive written notification from admissions within 7 working days of your confirmation on your chosen course. Any applicant not eligible will have their deposit or full payment immediately refunded. CMI reserves the right to refuse an applicant a place if they do not satisfy the eligibility criteria for their chosen course.