Se­na­tor Cogh­lan launches child men­tal health re­port

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - NEWS -

EARLY in­ter­ven­tion in cases of chil­dren suf­fer­ing men­tal ill-health is ab­so­lutely cru­cial, a new Oireach­tas re­port high­lights – one that was launched by Fine Gael Se­na­tor Paul Cogh­lan last week in his role as Chair­per­son of the Seanad Public Con­sul­ta­tion Com­mit­tee.

The re­port comes at a time of deep con­cern over wait­ing lists for chil­dren ac­cess­ing pri­mary care psy­cho­log­i­cal as­s­es­ments in the county. As of June, 225 chil­dren in Kerry were wait­ing for ap­point­ments, 50 of whom had been wait­ing for up to a year; a sit­u­a­tion blasted by Fianna Fáil Cllr John Fran­cis Flynn re­cently who said that some of the chil­dren re­quired im­me­di­ate in­ter­ven­tion given the se­ri­ous­ness of their dif­fi­cul­ties.

The im­por­tance of early in­ter­ven­tion was high­lighted to a great de­gree by the Oireach­tas Re­port on Chil­dren’s Men­tal Health Ser­vices last week. “It was ob­vi­ous from early on in the public con­sul­ta­tion that early in­ter­ven­tion is es­sen­tial when a child is in cri­sis, as any de­lay in the pro­vi­sion of ap­pro­pri­ate care can re­sult in a child’s con­di­tion wors­en­ing.

“The ev­i­dence pre­sented to the Com­mit­tee showed that if we in­vest in early in­ter­ven­tion, then we will make sav­ings into the fu­ture as the num­ber of cri­sis cases pre­sent­ing will be re­duced,” Se­na­tor Paul Cogh­lan said.

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