Co Kildare now sees hundreds of young people on 'crisis point' waiting list for mental health services

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Co Kildare now sees hundreds of young people on 'crisis point' waiting list for mental health services
14:42 Tuesday 15th of May 2018

Hundreds of Co Kildare young people are waiting for appointments with mental health services.

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.

Fianna Fáil Deputy 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 the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services( CAMHS).

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."

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