Kenny appeals directly to Minister McEntee on CAMHS
Speaking in Sligo, Sinn Féin TD Martin Kenny said that he had contacted Minister Helen McEntee, Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, today regarding the lack of CAMHS service in Sligo and Leitrim.
Deputy Kenny said:
“I have protested with and listened to the desperation of parents and friends of children and young people awaiting assessment or treatment from the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Sligo, Leitrim and surrounding areas.
“The situation is desperate and the strain under which these people are living is unacceptable. Today, I appealed to Minister Helen McEntee to respond to the reality of this crisis.
“It is shocking to hear that the Executive in the North West feels it necessary to write to the national director of mental health services to draw attention to the risk posed by a lack of resources and to admit that those in the local service now feel that it does not have the capacity to deal with the demand.
“Meanwhile, there are children who have not been assessed, and so are not receiving treatment. Delays like this exacerbate some conditions and will result in more strain on carers and ultimately on the services.
“Minister McEntee assured me that she would communicate her plan to deal with this situation and would be willing to meet the parents and friends of those awaiting CAMHS services, organised in the Enough is Enough group.
“My office has written to her to formally request such a meeting which I hope will happen in the coming weeks.”