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Youth Mental Health: Statements (26 Jan 2022)

James O'Connor: In the very limited time I have, I want to outline some of my own concerns as a young person of 24 years of age. I have discussed this issue with both Ministers of State previously. I have a strong degree of concern about the rapid increase in cocaine consumption in Ireland, and the knock-on impact this is having on the mental health of so many young people. Within this debate there are...

Youth Mental Health: Statements (26 Jan 2022)

Patrick Costello: While I agree with the calls by many of the Deputies here about the importance of increased funding, much of the increased funding going into CAMHS will not make a blind bit of difference if we do not fix many of the structural problems that are there. In my experience as a child protection social worker trying to interact with CAMHS, the services are just not fit for purpose as they are...

Youth Mental Health: Statements (26 Jan 2022)

Mairead Farrell: Galway, like every other county in Ireland, has been deeply affected by the mental health crisis in our young people. This is probably the biggest issue that young people raise with me personally, which is a good thing in the sense that young people are being very vocal in relation to mental health services, or the lack thereof, and are looking to engage with us in that debate. After...

Youth Mental Health: Statements (26 Jan 2022)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: Whether we are dealing with youth mental health services or adult mental health services, it only works if we have every slot in the process that is necessary. We have all spoken about our own constituencies and constituents who have come to us and cannot get appointments, assessments or follow-up services. Some of them will have had difficulties in how they were treated by the service, and...

Youth Mental Health: Statements (26 Jan 2022)

Emer Higgins: If we definitely know one thing, it is that our local and national services would not be able to provide the life-changing and life-saving services they do without investment and funding. We need more funding in order to give them more means to help more people, particularly more young people. We know the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a spike in young people accessing mental health services...

Youth Mental Health: Statements (26 Jan 2022)

Paul McAuliffe: Like the previous speaker, I welcome the Minister of State's leadership in the area of mental health. I know it is something she understands and has championed while making changes within the Department. Looking at the figure of €1.1 billion, one might think it a huge amount but this is a huge and challenging problem. There is a commitment in the programme for Government to have...

Youth Mental Health: Statements (26 Jan 2022)

Neale Richmond: I greatly appreciate the opportunity to speak, albeit briefly, in this extremely important debate. There are many areas from which one could approach this debate but there is only one I will raise. Following my colleague Deputy Higgins, I will speak to eating disorders, which predominantly affect women and young people. The average age for the onset of anorexia is 16 and for bulimia is 18....

Youth Mental Health: Statements (26 Jan 2022)

Gino Kenny: We all were young once. Growing up is a difficult business in some ways. Some of us breeze through it and some of us do not.

Youth Mental Health: Statements (26 Jan 2022)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Some of us never get there.

Youth Mental Health: Statements (26 Jan 2022)

Gino Kenny: Okay. Sometimes it is a generational thing. It is difficult, especially now. Being young now is very difficult. It brings its own challenges. One of them is in regard to intervention. We say that when a young person needs intervention it has to be there because early intervention is key. Most of us would say that intervention by mental health services for young people in this country...

Youth Mental Health: Statements (26 Jan 2022)

Mick Barry: I was reading some of the online debate about the situation with CAMHS in south Kerry. One comment struck me as if I had been punched on the nose. The person said that if anybody had listened to the teenagers subjected to CAMHS, this would have been discovered years ago. There was significant harm to 46 children. The harm included putting on a lot of weight, increased blood pressure, the...

Youth Mental Health: Statements (26 Jan 2022)

Richard Boyd Barrett: The scandal that has been revealed in Kerry, involving overmedication, losing files and children and young people with mental health issues not being looked after properly, is not at all unique to Kerry. In 2018, psychiatrists in Wexford, including the consultant in CAMHS, resigned, saying the service was totally unsafe. Dr. Sharma said he was sidelined because he expressed concerns about...

Youth Mental Health: Statements (26 Jan 2022)

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill: This is a very important debate, especially as we come out of the pandemic but also in the context of what we are hearing in regard to the child and adolescent mental health services, CAMHS, throughout the country. We know as Deputies there have been long-term problems with CAMHS for many years. If anything, this is an opportunity to step in and make the changes that are needed in the long...

Youth Mental Health: Statements (26 Jan 2022)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Deputy Tully is sharing time with Deputy Paul Donnelly.

Youth Mental Health: Statements (26 Jan 2022)

Pauline Tully: Mental health services prior to Covid-19 were in crisis but it is now an emergency situation. The child and adolescent mental health services and Jigsaw both report an increase in demand of over 40%. Similar increases are relayed to me by community and voluntary organisations working in this area in Cavan and Monaghan. There is an over-reliance on community and voluntary services, with the...

Youth Mental Health: Statements (26 Jan 2022)

Paul Donnelly: I welcome the Taoiseach’s call for a nationwide audit of CAMHS because the report today makes for shocking reading indeed. Thankfully, the stigma around mental health is lessening in recent years, thanks to societal changes and organisations in my own area such as Jigsaw Dublin 15, Suicide Awareness Dublin 15, and other similar organisations throughout the State. Emergency medical...

Youth Mental Health: Statements (26 Jan 2022)

Bernard Durkan: It is very appropriate we are having this debate. We all know from our constituency work the degree to which young people have been in need of attention, support and service support of a mental nature as well as an educational nature in recent years. Remember that we were hit by an economic crash followed by Covid, all of which put a serious dent on society. We tend to forget everything...

Youth Mental Health: Statements (26 Jan 2022)

John Lahart: When the evaluation of the period of Covid gets under way, young people, in fairness to them, will have more questions to ask than any other age cohort, and justifiably so. When they look at the restrictions put on their lives, they will have the most questions to ask. What is interesting with regard to what some of the previous speakers have said is what we would have done without social...

Youth Mental Health: Statements (26 Jan 2022)

Cathal Crowe: As are all Members of the House, I am appalled at what we have discovered in County Kerry. The Minister of State is a good person with a good team around her. She is securing a lot of funding for mental health and this needs to happen. Two years ago, all of us on this side of the House signed up to the programme for Government. Something I would like to see the Minister of State push in...

Youth Mental Health: Statements (26 Jan 2022)

Alan Dillon: The Minister of State is aware that youth is a time when incidence of mental health disorder peaks, be it anxiety, depression, psychological distress or suicide, but it also a time at which access to coherent and user-friendly primary care services is largely absent. The key principle underpinning the implementation of youth mental health care is early intervention. Organisations and...

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