Links to a range of useful information.

Transition planning should consider not only healthcare but also wider physical, developmental, psychosocial, mental health, educational, lifestyle, cultural and financial needs. The following links provide useful youth focused information and resources related to these additional needs.

Note: The word disability is frequently used to describe anyone with a physical or mental disability or a person impacted by long term illness. Many of the disability supports mentioned below are also available to people who have been impacted by serious or long-term illness.

General Information for Youth


Spunout is Ireland’s youth information website created by young people, for young people. This youth focused websites provides information about education, employment, health and wellbeing, managing finances, mental health, LGBTI+, sex and relationships and more.


Digital Youth Information Chat Service
Available from 4pm to 8pm for to young people aged between 16 and 25, the chat service is as easy to use as WhatsApp. You can message a Youth Information Worker with any questions you have about education, employment, your rights and entitlements, social protection benefits, college grants, accommodation, and more. We can give you information, answer your questions, and provide you with a second opinion.


YouthWork Ireland
Youth Information Centres throughout Ireland (YICs) provide a free, confidential information service to young people on a wide range of subjects including careers, education, employment matters, rights and entitlements, leisure, sport, travel and European opportunities.


Barnardo’s Ireland
Barnardo’s teen well-being page offers information on a range of issues from school, friends and parents to depression, alcohol and drugs. The Barnardo’s website also has a useful information page with details of organisations and websites for young people.

Disability and Illness Entitlements

Further Education and Employment


Ahead provides information for students with a disability about accessing college or further education, supports available while in college and seeking employment after college. The AHEAD website provides a wide range of information and students can also contact the AHEAD information officer with queries about disability in 3rd level education or employment.

Mental Health


Text 50808
50808 is a free, anonymous, 24/7 messaging service providing everything from a calming chat to immediate support. 50808 provides a safe space where you’re listened to by a trained Volunteer. You’ll message back and forth, only sharing what you feel comfortable with. By asking questions, listening to you and responding with support, they will help you sort through your feelings until you both feel you are now in a calm, safe place.



LGBT Ireland
LGBT Ireland provide a range of support services including LGBT helpline, transgender family support line, online chat and monthly peer support groups. They also provide information on a range of useful topics and to help you find supports in your area.

Money and Finances