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Closing of Linn Dara ‘morally inexcusable’ - Senator Máire Devine

6 July, 2018 - by Máire Devine

It has come to light that that Linn Dara Children’s Mental Health day service will cease operations today.

Sinn Féin Seanad spokesperson on Mental Health, and an experienced psychiatric nurse, Senator Máire Devine said;

“Linn Dara is one of just three high observation CAMHS units in the country.

"This is another scathing attack on Child and Mental Health Services. It is morally inexcusable.

"Every week on the Mental Health Committee we are hearing chaos and tragedy from hundreds of suffering children and their parents doing their absolute best, but facing in many cases 18 month waiting list for help.

"The Linn Dara day programme is an alternative to the overcapacity in its in-patient unit. 

"The decision to close this unit flies in the face of best practise for mental health services.

"The inpatient unit at Linn Dara is operating at full capacity. The day service offered an alternative to those vulnerable children who need high level support, but can also heal in their homes and in the community, as stipulated in a Vision for Change

"There is no way that the Minister, and indeed the Taoiseach can stand over this. We all keep talking about Mental Health, meanwhile the mental health services are being dismantled from the top, brick by brick.

"I will be calling the Minister into the Seanad next week. He cannot remain silent and unaccountable for this.”  

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