Children failed by mental health system

Children failed by mental health system

Year after year in this country, too many children and young people experiencing mental-health difficulties do not receive the age-appropriate, timely services or supports they require. Along with the additional psychological and social damage this causes the young person, there can be a detrimental effect on their parents, family, school and community. Also, the stigma regarding those with mental-health difficulties is enhanced.

Every year, the HSE produces a performance report outlining that more than 1,000 children and young people wait more than three months for a first appointment. More than 200 must wait more than a year. Up to 100 young people are placed in adult in-patient units, despite this being an infringement of their basic human rights.

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