Launch of Child & Youth Mental Health Counselling Services Booklet

Launch of Child & Youth Mental Health Counselling Services Booklet

Launch of Child & Youth Mental Health Counselling Services Booklet

The Child & Youth Mental Health Counselling Services Booklet – a Mayo CYPSC project – was launched by Steve Jackson (General Manager for Mental Health) today.

The Children and Young People’s Services Committees (CYPSC) are responsible for securing better outcomes for children and young people in their area through more effective integration of existing services and interventions. The Committee is responsible for improving the lives of children, young people and families at local and community level by improving provision and delivery of key services.

This booklet outlines the range of mental health supports available to young people and families in Mayo. Mr Jackson said the booklet along with other resources produced by various organisations, is part of an ongoing effort to alert young people and families to the supports that are available to them.
“I encourage all GPs, sporting clubs and youth groups as well as all secondary schools in the county, to ensure this information gets to its target population,” he said.

The booklet was produced by the Mayo CYPSC (Child & Mental Health Subgroup) with partners across the statutory, community and voluntary sector and features details of services across county which support young people and families. The booklet is targeted at young people aged 5-25 years and its aim is to provide information that is accessible, clear and youth friendly.

Peadar Gardiner Chairperson of the CYPSC subgroup thanked all those involved in the project particularly the working group involved.

“I would like to thank the many services and organisations who contributed to the development of this booklet. This underpins the collaborative approach to youth mental health in Mayo which has grown in recent years. Throughout the development of the booklet many services and groups have been asked to review the content and approach, including many statutory and voluntary groups,” he said.

Jarlath Munnelly the co-ordinator of the Mayo CYPSC attended today’s launch, and thanked the many people, in the HSE and in voluntary organisations, who contributed to the booklet.
“The Children and Young People’s Services Plan is a cross-community plan which recognises that mental health is everyone’s business. That cross-community approach was very evident in the development of this valuable resource, which Mayo CYPSC was delighted to spearhead and fund,” he said.
Mr Munnelly added that when working with schools, teachers and parents I am often asked what services are available for young people.

“This booklet brings together that information in a format that is accessible to all. We hope that the booklet will also be useful resource for adults and those working with young people in their everyday work,” he said.
The booklet will be distributed through GP’s, local youth organisations, schools and local networks and is available online at www.cypsc.ie/your-county-cypsc/mayo.245.html