Tomorrow night Hope(d), a Co Kildare voluntary support organisation, with counsellors providing support to a broad range of people, are supporting a Healing Hearts mass at Caragh Church.
Chairperson of Hope(d), Terri Thorpe, says that parents of adolescents are seeking help and advice for their children who are suffering from a wide range of issues, including eating disorders, self-harm and bullying on social media.
Almost 250 Co Kildare young people now waiting for appointments with mental health services is alarming says a local TD.
Serious concerns are being voiced in Co Kildare about rising levels of young people and children waiting for an appointment with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) .
Fianna Fáil TD James Lawless says that the waiting list is now at 'crisis point.'
Cllr Lawless said: "“The situation with the CAMHS waiting list is now reaching crisis point. It’s alarming that there has been a 10% increase in the number of children waiting over 12 months for an appointment nationally. The overall waiting list has increased by 4% in the same period of time."
According to Deputy Lawless, there are now 248 on waiting lists for CAMHS in Co Kildare.
He said:“It’s perfectly clear for all to see that the CAMHS service is simply not able to meet current demand. There will be well over 3,000 children stuck on waiting lists before the end of the year if the current trend continues. This is unacceptable and shows that the Government mental health strategy is floundering."
The Healing Hearts Mass tomorrow night at 8pm in Caragh Church, is being held for the third year, and is organised by Fr Joe McDermott, Caragh Parish Council and Hope(d)
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