If a child needs crisis mental health support outside of office hours in Ireland today, they could end up in an Emergency Department. In 2017, the In Our Hour Of Need campaign was successful in securing a commitment from Government to roll out 7 days a week community mental health services. However, this is for adults only.
A mental health crisis can happen at any time, day or night. Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) need to be available to respond for our children and young people, in their hour of need.
Mental Health Reform is calling on the Government to make CAMHS available to children and young people 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Your support can help make that happen.
Most CAMHS are only open Monday – Friday, during normal office hours. If a child or young person experiences severe mental distress out-of-hours, often the only place they can go to is an Emergency Department. As you may imagine, this is not an appropriate place for a person in severe mental distress, especially our children and young people.
Our children and young people deserve 24/7 CAMHS with quick access to mental health services in their community, in their hour of need. With your support, we can help make this happen.
How to get involved:
- Contact your local TD or Representative and ask for their support of 24/7 CAMHS
- Share your support for 24/7 CAMHS online using #InOurHourOfNeed
- Like and share our social media posts on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
- Donate to make our voice louder as we call for 24/7 CAMHS
For more information about In Our Hour Of Need, see www.mentalhealthreform.ie