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‘Youth Mental Health services must be on objective need’ - Flynn

5 December, 2018 - by Catherine Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA Catherine Kelly has said mental health services for young people must be based on objective need. 

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Children and Young People was speaking after meeting NICCY officials, along with Órlaithí Flynn the party’s Mental Health spokesperson.

Catherine Kelly said:

“The ‘Still Waiting’ report is welcome because it looks at the needs of our young people and how our current mental health services are meeting those needs. 

“I am deeply concerned at the ongoing mental ill health crisis among our young people.

“Sinn Féin support this report and will continue to push for better services for all our young people which are based on objective need. 

“Órlaithí Flynn MLA outlined the range of work that is needed to help address the issue.

“There are many different factors contributing to the levels of mental ill health including deprivation, inequality and lack of investment. 

“We need to look at how we can prevent, intervene earlier and support our existing services which are already under so much pressure.

 “There is a responsibility on all departments to understand how their decisions and policies impact on wider mental ill health for the population as well as creating problems for our young people in the future.”

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