Further supports and resources
A list of supports and resources that can help with advice and assistance across a range of areas
Mental and emotional wellbeing
Getting Through Covid-19 Together offers support and resources for people to help deal with stress and isolation, and helps people maintain wellbeing and cope at home during this time: www.gov.ie/together
Mental Health Ireland promotes positive mental health and wellbeing to all individuals and communities, and through their network of Mental Health Associations they support people who experience mental health difficulties on their journey of recovery. They have reliable and evidence-based supports available on their website: www.mentalhealthireland.ie/get-support/covid19/
Aware seeks to support people affected by stress, depression, bipolar disorder and mood-related conditions. You can find advice on how to stay well here: www.aware.ie/information/mental-well-being-during-covid-19-outbreak/
ALONE, in partnership with the Department of Health and HSE, has a coronavirus support line for older people. Older people can contact ALONE on 0818 222 024. The line is open every day, 8am-8pm.
Jigsaw provides information, support and counselling to young people aged between 12-25: https://jigsawonline.ie/coronavirus-and-youth-mental-health/
Siel Bleu Ireland provide life-enhancing exercise programmes to older adults and patient groups. Siel Bleu Ireland is the first specific effort to promote exercise among older adults and patient groups in Ireland, with the aim of improving overall wellbeing.
Every day at 11am and Monday-Friday at 2pm they host a variety of live exercise classes via Facebook and YouTube channels:
- Facebook page - www.facebook.com/SielBleuIreland/
- Youtube channel www.youtube.com/channel/UC85v-ZwbC9J-HJps0o_hPAw
- At home guides www.sielbleu.ie/home/at-home-guides/
- Online class timetable https://mcusercontent.com/eb6bc9d1af00fdfa99fc988cb/images/ddb6d9b7-232b-4870-9dc9-fd3beb8aff58.png
Home exercises developed by Prof Anna Campbell from Macmillan Cancer Support UK specifically for patients on cancer treatment: www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=Oo_mbNBDCI8&feature=emb_logo
For older people the HSE has compiled information on exercises at home while cocooning: https://www2.hse.ie/wellbeing/exercising-indoors/indoor-exercises-for-older-people.html
The HSE have free healthy eating guides and cookbooks available for cancer patients and survivors with varying nutritional needs.
Cancer patients who are on a high-calorie, high-protein diet can find useful recipes here: www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/2/primarycare/community-funded-schemes/nutrition-supports/making-the-most-of-every-bite-cookbook.pdf
Breakthrough Cancer Research have cook books and nutrition guides specifically tailored for cancer survivors who have finished treatment, patients experiencing cancer-related weight loss, patients with swallowing difficulties, and for those who are having treatment for pancreatic cancer. They can all be accessed and downloaded for free here: www.breakthroughcancerresearch.ie/books-new/
Learning from home
The RTÉ education hub on RTÉ2, RTÉ Player, and www.rte.ie/learn allows children to watch, download and engage with curriculum-based content, project work, and fun activities that will keep them entertained and learning.
Future Learn offers a wide range of free online courses, programs and degrees created by leading universities, business schools and specialist organisations: www.futurelearn.com
Information on coronavirus for cancer patients their families and carers can be found at the following webpages:
- Cancer and coronavirus information: www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/5/cancer/news/covid-19.html
- Three steps to prevent infection during chemotherapy
- National Cancer Control Programme brochure: Additional advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19) for cancer patients currently on treatment
- Advice for cancer patients on coping with stress related to the coronavirus outbreak: www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/5/cancer/news/covid%2019%20cope%20with%20worry.pdf
Information on health, education and employment is available on the Citizens Information website: www.citizensinformation.ie/en/health/covid19_overview.html#l97a70
The Irish Cancer Society continues to be available to provide support and information on this matter or any other queries related to cancer through its Freephone Support Line on 1800 200 700.
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