Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
CAMHS is a national free specialist mental health service for children and adolescents. It assesses and treats children with mental health concerns. It also provides advice, support and help to their parents or guardians. Some details about the service:
It is a free service.
Age range and scope of their work
They see children and young people up to 16 years (or 18 years in some areas of the country).
Scope of their work
They cater for young people who are experiencing a mental health difficulty that is having a moderate to severe effect on their quality of life.
Examples of mental health illnesses catered for by CAMHS
Depression, anxiety, eating disorders and psychosis are some of the many conditions that young people can be referred to CAMHS for.
How to refer a young person to CAMHS
To attend CAMHS a young person must be referred by a health professional such as a GP, social worker or psychologist who knows them.
Some of the therapies that can be provided through CAMHS
Counselling, art therapy, family work, medication and speech and language therapy.
How to find your local CAMHS office
Your GP will know where the nearest CAMHS service is located. Alternatively google ‘CAMHS Ireland’, ring them on 1850 24 1850 (open 8am to 8pm, Monday to Saturday) or send an email to email@example.com.
CHOOSING A COUNSELLOR OR PSYCHOTHERAPIST
A friend or someone you trust, such as your GP, may suggest a particular therapist. If not you can check our list of professional bodies to find a qualified therapist near you. Remember that counsellors who work with children and adolescents often have extra specialist training. Don’t be afraid to ask.
1. Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (01 2303536)
www.irish-counselling.ie / 01 2303536
2. The Irish Association for Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy
www.iahip.org / 01 2841665
3. Irish Council for Psychotherapy (01 9058698)
www.psychotherapy-ireland.com / 01 9058698
4. Family Therapy Association of Ireland
www.familytherapyireland.com / 01 2722105
5. Psychological Society of Ireland
www.psihq.ie / 01 4720105
Mental Health Ireland (MHI)
MHI promotes positive mental health and wellbeing to all individuals and communities while adopting a recovery approach to mental illness. As well as providing mental health training they support people who experience mental health difficulties on their journey to recovery through their network of Mental Health Associations and Area Development Officers around the country.
1. A-Z guide to mental health problems and topical issues and treatments
Find out more about this at www.mentalhealthireland.ie, in their HELP & INFORMATION section.
2. Mental Health in the Community (Certificate course)
Part-time course run over 1 academic year in a number of locations across the country. It looks at mental health promotion, reflective practice and much more.
3. Mind Your Mental Health training (18 years and older)
This one day training is an introduction to the topic of mental health and well-being where participants can reflect on mental health and learn strategies to enhance it.
4. Area Development Officers (ADO’s)
ADO’s support almost 100 Mental Health Associations around the country. They also work with a variety of local, regional and national agencies to support mental health work. As a youth worker developing a relationship with your local ADO could support you as you work with youth mental health.
5. Partnership programmes
The partnerships cover a range of areas including music, performance arts, outdoor activities and more. In this way MHI gets to explore different elements of mental health and wellbeing and expand their reach to new audiences.
6. Mental Health Associations and Peer Initiatives
MHI has over 90 Mental Health Associations around the country. They are run by volunteers including mental health professionals, people with an experience of mental illness, and their families. They provide advice and information on mental health issues, run peer initiatives and more.
National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP)
NOSP work with communities and organisations across the country to help respond to suicide and self-harm.
HSE Resource Officers for Suicide Prevention work with individuals, organisations and communities to build awareness, capacity and confidence to respond to suicide and self-harm issues through the delivery of programmes such as ‘SafeTALK (suicide alertness training), A.S.I.S.T. (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and Understanding Self-Harm Training. Information on local, regional and national supports and services are also provided. It is recommended that Youth Organisations form a relationship with their Local Resource Officer to avail of appropriate training and to ensure involvement in the development of ‘Connecting for Life’ Local Action Plans. Should a death by suicide occur within a Youth Service, bereavement support can be provided as well as linkages with other relevant services. Further details on HSE website
Offers a range of services related to self-harm, suicide and bereavement.
1. Self-harm and suicide prevention counselling service for all age groups.
Contact them at any hour of the day by phoning Freecall 1800 247 247 or text HELP to 51444. Or contact them at any of their 10 centres across the country – centres for the prevention of self-harm and suicide. To find your nearest centre call 1800 247 247.
2. Suicide Bereavement Counselling Centres, Pieta House
This suicide bereavement service, which was previously operated by Console, is now delivered by Pieta House. As the service is under review it is best to check for the most up-to-date information on services across the country at www.pieta.ie.
3. Suicide Bereavement Liaison Service, Pieta House
Suicide Bereavement Liaison Officers (SBLO) are available in a number of counties across the country. They are provided by Pieta House Bereavement Services, in partnership with other agencies. Developing a relationship with your local SBLS may be a support to your youth service and help you in the event of a death by suicide in your service/community. To find out about the SBLS near you ring 1800 247 247.
Shine is the national organisation that addresses the rights and needs of those affected by mental ill health. It caters for people 18 years and older.
Shine advise people to use the Samaritans Helpline: 116 123
2. Counselling service
Counselling service is available in Dublin (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Cork (phone 021 4949 9948 / email email@example.com) for those with severe depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Its confidential email support service (firstname.lastname@example.org) supports anyone not ready or able to speak with a counsellor on these topics.
3. Regional Development Officers (RDO’s)
RDO’s are located across the country and can deal with mental health related questions and queries in person or on the phone. They can also introduce people to a suitable support group if wanted. They have relevant and up-to-date information on local mental health services, information resources, training and much more. Find your nearest Regional Office on www.shine.ie. Developing a relationship with your local Shine RDO could support you in relation to the mental health needs of young people with mental illness.
4. Education programmes
Education programmes are provided for people with a self-experience of mental illness to support them take control of their illness. They also provide a programme for family members and carers to give them knowledge and skills to enable them support their loved ones.
5. Resource centres
Resource centres are found in Dublin (email@example.com), Cork (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Waterford (email@example.com). Their aim is to provide information, support and educational and training opportunities for people experiencing mental ill health.
ST PATRICK’S MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
1. Telephone and email service (adults)
The service is staffed by experienced mental health nurses. It is available 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday. There is an answering and call-back facility outside hours. This service is for members of the general public who have a mental health query about them self or someone else.
The Information Centre is open from 10am to 5 pm Mon- Thu and 10 am to 4 pm on Friday with late night opening until 7pm on Wednesday. It provides guidance and help in accessing the most relevant mental health information and services as well as information on support groups and service user rights and entitlements. There are also a range of self-help books for sale in the Centre.
St. Patrick’s University Hospital,
3. Walk in my Shoes (18-25 yr olds)
Walk in my Shoes provides a HELPLINE and email service for 18-25 year olds. It is staffed by mental health professionals. It runs from Monday to Friday (9-5pm) with an answering and call-back facility outside hours. Its website has lots work reading including mental health resources to promote positive mental health throughout the country.
Your mental Health provides you with lots of information and places to go for support in relation to mental health. This includes links to videos, apps and podcasts. The information includes:
1. About mental health
This section of the website gives information about the ups and downs of mental health. It also explains what some of the more common mental health illnesses are and gives information about a variety of things related to each condition such as symptoms and where to find support.
2. Mind yourself and support others
This section of the website covers minding your own mental health. It also gives information to people who are worried about someone else’s mental health. Finally it looks to support carers, friends and family of people with mental illness and provide them with useful information.
3. Supports and Services
This section looks at mental health services you can access yourself and services you need to be referred to by a GP or other health care professional. Finally it gives information about the law in relation to mental health and ones rights.
4. Get involved
Among other things in this section you will get information about training courses that are available, such as Safe-Talk, ASIST and WRAP.
5. Where can I go
This section of the website gives you a director of services, including mental health services, across the country.