Signposting is pointing someone in the direction of available supports and services. You don’t have to be an expert on a person’s difficulty or know all the services out there.
There are organisations whose role it is to make the more specialised recommendations. The HSE have an information portal and phone line set up for this specific purpose. You can find it on www.yourmentalhealth.ie or by calling 1800 111 888.
The Samaritans are also an excellent first point of contact when exploring available supports. Free-phone: 116 123.
Your GP is also qualified to refer to services and make recommendations on appropriate supports.
You can also go to the Mental Health Ireland website for national supports and county-by-county supports. https://www.mentalhealthireland.ie/support