Adams expresses concern over supports for Child and Adolescent Mental Health in the region
Louth TD Gerry Adams has expressed serious concerns at the government’s failure to provide adequate Child and Adolescent Mental Health supports in the region, following the recent publication of the Mental Health Commission’s report.
The report found that children were waiting up to 15 months for an initial assessment, a situation which the Sinn Féin TD has branded “unacceptable”.
Commenting on the findings of the report Deputy Adams said: “This government is failing young people in need of mental health supports in Louth and across the state.
“The report shows children and young people in CHO Area 8, which covers Laois/Offaly, Longford/Westmeath and Louth/Meath, could wait up to 15 months for their initial assessment.
“Worryingly it also reveals that ten young people were admitted to adult mental health units in the region in 2017. The commission noted that this was directly related to lack of out of hours Child and Adolescent out of hour’s service in the region.
“The region covered by CHO Area 8, including Louth has the largest population of young people aged 0-18 years in the state, yet it remains understaffed and under resourced.
““I have continuously raised the unacceptable lack of mental health services in north Louth with various Ministers and with An Taoiseach. These services have still not been delivered.
“The government must act on the Commission’s findings and deliver adequately resourced Child and Adolescent Mental Health services without delay,” said Adams.