We know this is a tough time for everyone, so it’s important to mind your mental and physical health. We’ve rounded up some resources below, which are by no means exhaustive, but should be of some help. Have we missed anything? Email together [at] dublin.ie if you have suggestions.

Mental Health & Welfare Supports

Don’t suffer in silence – there are plenty of charities and support services that can help during this tough time:

  • Mental Health Ireland: The Mental Health Ireland website is a comprehensive source of information for dealing with mental health struggles, or helping a loved one who may be struggling. They have infographics, worksheets, videos, articles and more.
  • Still Here: While many of us feel safe at home, that’s not the case for victims of domestic abuse, many of whom feel even more trapped by the current pandemic. The Department of Justice and Equality have launched a new support website, StillHere.ie, that brings together all organisations offering services to domestic abuse sufferers. Women’s Aid, the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, Safe Ireland, the Male Advice Line, Rape Crisis Network Ireland and the National Women’s Council are all involved.
  • Jigsaw Online: Jigsaw is Headstrong’s national youth mental health service, catering for young people between the ages of 12–25. Young people can access online counselling and their website is full of guides and supports for coping that cater to both young people, their families and adults working with young people.
  • Pieta House: Pieta House is continuing to help vulnerable people in crisis. They principally provide support services to those who are contemplating suicide, or who are self harming. Their free helpline is always open to those who need it – just call 1800 247 247.
  • Samaritans: Samaritans are there to talk, any time, day or night for those who need a friendly ear. No matter what you’re suffering from, they can support you. Their freephone line is 116 123.
  • ALONE: ALONE is helping elderly people as they are being asked to cocoon themselves during the crisis. ALONE are coordinating volunteers to help provide groceries, prescription medications and social supports to vulnerable people. They’re always looking for volunteers, so if you can help them, get in touch.

Home Fitness

Staying active is essential – it may be tempting to lounge about but getting some air and moving more will help you feel good during quarantine!

  • Dublin City Sport & Wellbeing Partnership: Your local community gyms and health centres may be closed, but the Dublin City Sport & Wellbeing Partnership are uploading regular home workouts to their YouTube channel. If you give them a go and enjoy them, let them know on social using #ThisIsMyDublin.
  • Run For Heroes: A new social media challenge is sweeping the nation – Run For Heroes! The challenge is to run (or walk) 5km, donate €5 to frontline workers via Go Fund Me, and nominate 5 of your friends to do the same. If you’d like to take up jogging, think about starting a Couch 2 5k programme – it’s a great way to get your fitness levels up! Then when this is all over, you can think about joining some Park Runs in your community.
  • Dublin GAA Challenges: GAA fixtures may be cancelled for the foreseeable, but the Dubs are keeping fans both young and old on their toes by posting skills challenges to their Twitter page. Grab your hurl and sliotar and have a go!
  • Karl Henry: Karl Henry is a Dublin-based personal trainer best known for his Real Health podcast series with the Irish Independent, and his involvement in RTÉ’s Operation Transformation. The show is returning this April starting on Wednesday 15th, so Karl will be producing a new home workout plan to follow as part of that. Archives of his existing OT workouts are already available online – check out their YouTube channel, it’s a great resource.
  • Rozanna Purcell: Roz is providing live workouts every week at 8am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday on her Instagram page to help you get your sweat on and stay healthy. They’re in a HIIT format, so they take less than a half hour!
  • Jess Redden: Jess has been posting amazing HIIT workouts on her Instagram page, many of which involve resistance bands. They’re quick circuits that can be modified for any ability level, so they’re definitely worth checking out!
  • Sacred Lotus Yoga: Sara Treanor is a Dublin-based yoga instructor who normally gives classes in community centres on the north side. To compensate for not having in-person sessions, she’s been uploading full free practices on her YouTube channel for yogis of all abilities to enjoy. She’s Dublin’s answer to Yoga with Adriene!
  • Flyefit: The popular gym chain is harnessing the power of social media to provide a full schedule of free online workouts to suit all tastes and abilities. Check their Instagram and Facebook pages out for more.
  • Platinum Pilates: Platinum Pilates is a chain of pilates studios based in south Dublin. They’ve moved their class schedule online during the pandemic, so you can sign up to get your fix! These classes aren’t free, but by signing up you’re supporting local.

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