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03rd May 2017

Children’s mental health: Parents! The Seanad wants your help

Do you have experience of CAMHS?

Parents or guardians with experience of children’s and adolescent mental health services are being asked to share their stories.

Founder of Pieta House and Senator Joan Freeman has been appointed Rapporteur to lead the Seanad Public Consultation Committee where they hope to improve mental health services for children across Ireland.

The committee wants to look at written submissions and may invite members of the public to contribute to its hearings.

The aim is to create new legislation that will be more beneficial to those needing the care of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and to finally put an end to children being admitted to adult psychiatric units.

Senator Freeman told the Seanad, “Specifically, we are seeking their experience of current practice and views on how we can highlight the mental health issues experienced by the most vulnerable people in this country—our nation’s children.”

The HSE’s CAMHS service works with children and teenagers who have experienced or are experiencing mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, psychosis and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

For more information on how to submit your story to the Seanad, visit Senator Freeman’s Facebook page here.

The closing date for submission is 4pm on Friday 12 May.