'Report highlights need for extra mental health support' - Kelly
The latest report from the Commissioner for Children and Young People’s highlights the need for more support for young people dealing with mental health issues, Sinn Féin MLA Catherine Kelly has said.
Commenting after attending the launch of the report with Órlaithí Flynn MLA, the party’s Children and Young people spokesperson said:
“Young people should not have to wait years for a referral for mental health support or to be taken seriously by mental health services.
“The Commissioners report highlights the need for extra support for children and young people dealing with mental ill-health and more needs to be done to get this support into schools and youth clubs.
“We need to see parity of esteem from the Department of Health towards young people with mental health problems.
“Promoting positive mental health and proper services is a priority for Sinn Féin. We know that over half of mental health problems can be identified by the age of 14 so early intervention is key.
“Recently we sent support materials to all secondary schools across the North outlining local family support hub and helpline numbers. Our schools and teachers are on the front-line.
“I would like to commend the commissioner on her work in compiling this report and I will be seeking a meeting with her to look at the out-workings.”