Over 2,000 children waiting for initial mental health appointment

There were 2,520 children and young people on waiting lists for an initial assessment for mental health services in February 2017, an increase of 44 per cent on the same period last year, according to the HSE.

Of these, 10 per cent had been waiting more than 12 months for an initial appointment.

Barnardos has said these delays are having “long-term unnecessary consequences” on children and “affecting every aspect of their development”.

Separately, the charity carried out its own survey of those who have been waiting for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). It found almost 60 per cent have been waiting for more than a year while a quarter (26 per cent) have been waiting more than two years for an initial appointment.

When children and young people need access to mental health services in Ireland they are referred to CAMHS which provides assessment and treatment.


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