Friday 23 February 2018

Paul Gilligan: We should be outraged at the neglect of our mentally-ill young

Paul Gilligan

IN Ireland one in 10 children and adolescents experience a mental health difficulty severe enough to require specialist treatment. On average, this is three teenagers in every secondary school class. Perhaps your teenager is one of these but, if not, you certainly know a relative or family member who is dealing with such issues because no family or community is unaffected by mental health difficulties in adolescence.

If your son or daughter is one of these you will know that the waiting time for the specialised treatment required could be up to a year.

The HSE tells us that most community child and adolescent teams are under-staffed, and that over 35pc of young people wait more than six months to receive the appropriate mental health treatment.

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