Dear students,

As Guidance Counsellors we are usually there for you in person but now things are a little different.

To help with problems such as stress management/anxiety/getting study done and or any other problem you are finding difficult you are free to email us during normal school hours.

Ms. Hollywood                    [email protected]

Mr. Dunne                          [email protected]

If you are experiencing any major symptoms of anxiety low mood/dark or strong feelings or suicidal thoughts, we advise you to tell your Parent/Guardian and make an appointment with your GP straight away.

Other supports are available

Please do not worry about how school closures will affect things for you, every student in Ireland is in the same boat. Please be aware that the Department of Education, The State Examinations Commission and your school are working very hard on contingency plans.

Some pointers:

  • Stay calm – these are challenging times but we will get through them.
  • Breathe - When you feel overwhelmed, stop and take 5 deep breaths. You should feel your belly rise as you inhale and fall as you exhale.
  • Maintain a sense of routine every day - Shower/ dress / eat healthy
  • Create a separate study space and take regular breaks
  • Follow your timetable – do what you can manage in the class slot. Please do not get stressed over school work. Speak to your teachers if you feel there is too much. We are here to help.
  • Stay connected with your class group - do your work together over social media if possible
  • Exercise - get some fresh air and sunlight maintaining social distance
  • Limit your time on social media. Hand up your phone to a parent/guardian if it is a distraction to your work
  • Talk to us – don’t be alone in your own mind, share your worries with your family/friends/ teachers

These are strange times and there is a lot for you to manage right now but we are all in this together and we will come through it together. Do a little every day and you are doing a lot. Keep looking after yourselves and following the hygiene procedures to stay healthy and well.

Yours Sincerely

The Guidance Department

In these challenging times, we would encourage you to exercise self-care and keep some structure in your day. It’s important to pay attention to your needs and feelings, especially during times of stress. You may still be able to do some of the things you enjoy and find relaxing. Support is available as follows:

  Mental Health supports and services during COVID-19


Facts on Coronavirus



Tips on Minding your Mental Health



Mental Health Supports



Mental Health Freephone

1800 111 888 This is a phone service you can call any time of the day to direct you to the correct service for your needs


A Lust For Life - Mental Health Charity Ireland


SOSAD Dundalk

1800 111 888 SOSAD are currently closed but are available via email [email protected]


Dundalk Outcomers

1800 111 888 Dundalk Outcomers are available via online chat on Facebook and on phone 087 6200021


Women’s Aid

1800 111 888 Still available by phone 042 9333244


Rape Crisis North East

Freephone Confidential Helpline number 1800 21 21 22 will remain open Monday to Friday 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. Email [email protected] Web


National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS)


Self Care

Information on wellbeing can be accessed through the department :

Sheets with relaxation , creating patterns and routines tips : Available at:



There are additional resources on helping families to manage their grief in covid 19 contexts. The resources are available at:

Additional resources more focused on teenagers are also available at:



ASD and intellectual disability

For schools with students with an intellectual disability or ASD profiles, there is an abundance of material available from a variety of sources. One example is from a Cardiff group and holds lovely ideas for sensory needs. The link is :



Social stories

There are a range of Social stories which may hold the ASD profile learner as the target group though hold a value for all students. Carol Gray has a number on example is available at the link:



Stress control 

There is a HSE Stress Control Programme which is available free online. While the programme is for adults under 18 can participate with their parents. It is perhaps suitable for those who are accessing the Leaving Certificate programme. More details are at - and the link to the introductory video is at: 




Ó Fiaich College

Ó Fiaich College is one of the most progressive, caring and dynamic educational institutions in Ireland today. The welfare and success of its students is at the centre of everything we do. We are committed to adaptation and change to deal most effectively with the requirements and challenges of 21 century Irish and world society.

Contact Information

Tel: 353 042 9331398

Fax: 353 042 9331402

Email: [email protected]

Address: Dublin Road Dundalk Co. Louth Ireland

Map: XJP5+C4 Dundalk, County Louth