Cabhrú service will be available to help with loneliness, depression, anxiety and addiction.

A new free online counselling service for emigrants will be available for Irish people living in Australia from this weekend.

Clients will be able to avail of up to six free appointments over Skype with a qualified Irish counsellor.

Cabhrú (which means help or support in Irish) is operated by, a national non-profit organisation which has been providing phone and online counselling to clients in Ireland for the past five years.

The Cabhrú service will initially be available to Irish people in Australia, but plans to expand it to other countries with significant Irish populations, such as Canada, the US and United Arab Emirates in the future.

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