Chil­dren’s men­tal health needs

Irish Independent - - Letters & Editorial Comment -

■ A re­port by Ober­stown Chil­dren’s De­ten­tion Cen­tre was re­ferred to by Lena Ti­money, head of Care Ser­vices, on ‘Morn­ing Ire­land’ (June 14).

The re­port found 52pc of young peo­ple were iden­ti­fied as hav­ing men­tal health needs.

A multi-agency ap­proach was be­ing ex­plored to ad­dress how best to deal with this very real con­cern.

Multi-agency dis­cus­sions and co-oper­a­tion are cru­cial and much more pro­duc­tive when peo­ple who are work­ing on the ground are in­volved.

From our ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing on the ground, in the field of home­less­ness since 1975, we can at­test to this.

The men­tal health needs of our young peo­ple will grow un­less there is a real com­mit­ment to change.

Ap­pro­pri­ate planning and ad­e­quate fund­ing must be made avail­able, sooner rather than later, if we are to make any progress.

Alice Leahy Di­rec­tor of Ser­vices, Alice Leahy Trust

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