Opening Hours: Thursday to Sunday 5-10pm

Location: The Solace Café operates from Urbun Café, Unit 2 Watermint, Old Bray Road, Cabinteely, Dublin 18

The Solace Café is a FREE out of hours friendly and supportive community space open to anyone from the South County Dublin area requiring mental health support in a crisis.

The Solace Café is delivered by Aware in partnership with St. John of God’s Community Mental Health Services and the HSE.

Who is this service for?

This service is for any adult experiencing a crisis, supporting someone in crisis or experiencing a mental health difficulty that is causing emotional overwhelm or a feeling of being unable to cope.

If you are at immediate risk of harm, please attend your local A&E or call 999 for assistance.

What we offer:

  • A calm supportive environment for self-reflection and recuperation
  • One-to-one active listening support with trained staff and volunteers
  •  One-to-one practical supports such as information and signposting of other helpful services
  • One-to-one support if you are presenting in distress or crisis
  • Support with crisis resolution to include building resilience and coping strategies
  • Support with recovery planning
  • Signposting and guidance on navigating local health, wellbeing and community services, and engaging with mental health services
  • Access to individual and group learning opportunities to help identify positive coping strategies, problem solving skills and recovery practices

What can I expect?

On arrival at The Solace Café, you will be welcomed by one of our friendly team who will provide a brief overview of the service. You will be asked to complete a sign in sheet for health and safety purposes.

They will then outline a number of options to you, designed to meet your needs at that time. You will be asked if you would like a quiet space, someone to talk to or if you need immediate assistance due to distress/crisis.

You may meet with one or more members of our team, who will endeavour to support your needs, even if they change over the period of time that you are in the café.

You are welcome to come alone or bring a supporter with you, be it a friend, family member or carer.

The café offers a space that is confidential within normal limits. If we are concerned about harm coming to you or someone else, including the potential risk of harm to a child(ren), we may need to share information to keep you safe. This will always be discussed with you first.

How can I book?

Please book ahead. The Solace Café is an appointment-based service only.  

This service accepts self referrals, referrals from healthcare practitioners, NGOs and community partner agencies.

You can download an introduction form here.

Where can I find the Solace Café?

The Solace Café operates from Urbun Café, Unit 2 Watermint, Old Bray Road, Cabinteely,
Dublin 18.

The Solace Café is open Thursday-Sunday, 5pm-10pm only.

Meet the team

Our team is made up of skilled and compassionate people to include mental health experts and trained peer connectors and volunteers from all walks of life – some of whom have their own lived experience of mental health challenges. 

Our team is trained to support you, whether that’s lending a listening ear, providing a safe space, or signposting you towards long term support services specific to your needs.

About the Solace Café

The Solace Café is an out of hours crisis mental health support service delivered by Aware in partnership with St. John of God’s Community Mental Health Services and the HSE. This café forms part of a wider national initiative to develop and expand hours of mental health support in line with the Sharing the Vision: A Mental Health Policy for Everyone, and the National Model of Care for Crisis Resolution Services. 

About Aware

The Solace Café is operated by Aware, the national mental health organisation providing free support, education and information services for people impacted by depression, bipolar disorder and related mood conditions.

If you need support with your mood or you’d like to develop skills and tools to proactively manage your wellbeing, we’re here for you. We also offer a host of supports for people supporting a loved one experiencing depression or bipolar disorder. 

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