New reports on mental health services for children and teenagers has found 'issues of concern' across 17 counties.
The Mental Health Commission carried out a series of reviews across each community healthcare organisation area (CHO) between April 2022 and July of this year and made 49 recommendations.
In Cork and Kerry, children who were suicidal were waiting more than 50 days on average to be seen by a mental health professional. Some care was also found to be carried out online from Qatar.
Serious concerns were also expressed about one facility in the Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan area, where the management of one team was placing children at risk of being 'lost' in the system.
🚨CAMHS Regional Reports🚨
This morning, the MHC has published 9 CHO reports reflecting the situation of CAMHS in each region across Ireland.
CHO 1 covers counties Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan.
To read this report, click 👉https://t.co/OyyViUAA8k #CAMHSReport pic.twitter.com/BqeUZ6wOKb
— Mental Health Commission Ireland (@MHCIreland) August 31, 2023
In the Waterford, Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny and South Tipperary area, difficulties in working relationships was found among one team, and a lack of understanding about monitoring children on anti-psychotic medication.
While in the Kildare, West Wicklow, Dublin West, Dublin South City and Dublin South West area, concern was raised about two teams, and poor follow-up care was highlighted.