Support and Counselling

The Diocese of Elphin recognises the support needs of Survivors and alleged Perpetrators of abuse.  It will introduce these persons to a Support Person in the case of the Survivor and an Adviser in the case of an alleged Perpetrator. Support Persons and Advisers have a pastoral role, part of which involves assisting and facilitating people access information, counselling and professional help.

If you are a survivor of abuse please know that you will find a listening and compassionate response from the Diocese of Elphin.  The Diocese will respond to your concern in a professional and caring manner.  Please contact anyone of the following if you have concerns in this area.
Alternatively please scroll down for a list of Agencies offering advice and support.

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Ms. Mary Nicholson
Designated Liaison Person
St. Mary’s
Temple Street
Sligo
Tel: 086 3750277
Ms.  Helen Diskin
Designated Liaison Person
St. Mary’s
Temple Street
Sligo
Tel: 087 0516888
Mr. Frank McGuinness
Director of Safeguarding
St. Mary’s
Temple Street
Sligo
Tel: 087 9880690

List of Agencies Offering Advice and Support

Towards Healing 1800303416 www.towardshealing.ie provides professional support for people who have experienced institutional, clerical or religious abuse in Ireland.  Please click on the link below to access their website and more information.

TUSLA (Child and Family Agency)  www.tusla.ie has primary responsibility to support the safety and well-being of children.

Towards Peace + 353 (0) 1 5053028 www.towardspeace.ie provides spiritual support for survivors of abuse.

Childline 1800 666666 www.childline.ie provides a 24 hour listening service for children.

Connect 1800 235235 www.connectcounselling.ie is a free telephone counselling service for any adult who has experienced abuse, trauma or neglect in childhood.

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre 1800 778888 www.drcc.ie provides support to women and men who have experienced rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment and/or childhood sexual abuse.

Samaritans Tel: 116123, Email: jo@samaritans.org, www.samaritans.org if anything is troubling you, get in touch, 24hrs a day, 365 days a year.

National Counselling Service (HCS) 1800 235234 provides professional, confidential counselling and psychotherapy services free of charge in all regions of the country.

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