Thursday, 29 April 2021
Covid-19, Mental Health and Older People: Statements
Gabhaim buíochas leis an gCathaoirleach Gníomhach. I thank both Ministers of State, Deputies Feighan and Butler, for facilitating today’s question-and-answer session. Four years on from the publication of the report of the task force on youth mental health, I requested information on when the report recommendations will be implemented in full and I am still unclear on their implementation. The Youth Mental Health Pathfinder Project is crucial in opening up a more collective approach to youth mental health in facilitating the working together of several key Departments, including the Departments of Health; of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth; of Education; and of an Taoiseach. It is imperative that the pathfinder project be established as a matter of priority in order to facilitate the progress, with further significant recommendations of the task force, including the national lead for youth mental health and leads for youth mental health for each community health organisation, CHO, to be appointed. I was on a call last Monday with CHO 2 and it still has not appointed a lead for that area. I ask for clarity and assurance that this will be prioritised within her remit.