MyMind Centre for Mental Wellbeing are leading a new initiative backed by the Department of Health, to provide free counselling and therapy to those impacted by Covid-19, including artists and creative sector workers.
Despite the ongoing easing of restrictions, the pandemic continues to have lasting effects on mental health across Irish society, and particularly for those in the arts sector. To this end, MyMind is to deliver 16,500 free counselling sessions to those who have been impacted over the course of 2022.
The Free Counselling Project is designed specifically with accessibility in mind, and sessions are available in 17 different languages, either online or in-person.
To be eligible for the free counselling sessions, you must be aged 18 or over, be a resident of Ireland, and identify with at least one of the following:
✓ Present with Covid-19 related mental health issues (e.g. bereavement, social isolation/cocooning, long-term Covid related illness, stress, depression, anxiety, loneliness, etc.);
✓ Work or have worked in the creative arts, entertainment, hospitality or other sectors that have been significantly disrupted by Covid-19;
✓ Be a front-line worker in a medical setting (e.g. HSE staff, nursing home staff, paramedic, public health worker, GP etc.);
✓ Be living with long-term chronic illness or be a full-time carer;
✓ Be facing financial hardship where our low-income service is outside of their financial reach.
To avail of the free sessions, please register through the MyMind website and follow the relevant instructions.