2,691 children on list for mental health appointment; 386 waiting over 12 months

2,691 children on list for mental health appointment; 386 waiting over 12 months

There has been a 10% surge in the number of children and young people waiting longer than 12 months for an appointment with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).

The latest figures from March 2018 show that 386 children are waiting longer than 12 months for a CAMHS appointment, up from 350 in figures received in February 2018.

The overall number of children waiting for an appointment now stands at 2,691, up from 2,579.

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Mental Health James Browne TD obtained the new information.

"The situation with the CAMHS waiting list is now reaching crisis point," Deputy Browne said.

It’s alarming that there has been a 10% increase in the number of children waiting over 12 months for an appointment.

"It’s perfectly clear for all to see that the CAMHS service is simply not able to meet current demand.

"There will be well over 3,000 children stuck on waiting lists before the end of the year if the current trend continues.

This is unacceptable and shows that the Government mental health strategy is floundering.

Digital Desk

More on this topic

Bressie announces new 'Where is my Mind' mental health podcastBressie announces new 'Where is my Mind' mental health podcast

Two mental health units criticised by inspectorsTwo mental health units criticised by inspectors

Six-packs and bulging biceps – how appearance pressures take their toll on men's mental healthSix-packs and bulging biceps – how appearance pressures take their toll on men's mental health

'High-risks' in three mental health units in Cork and Dublin'High-risks' in three mental health units in Cork and Dublin

More in this Section

Post-mortem due on man who died in Waterford collision Post-mortem due on man who died in Waterford collision

45% decrease in funding to Irish universities over the past 10 years45% decrease in funding to Irish universities over the past 10 years

Cabinet Ministers to approve major restructure of HSE todayCabinet Ministers to approve major restructure of HSE today

52 more positive for HPV in test scandal52 more positive for HPV in test scandal


Lifestyle

It's hard to build a reputation in gaming, but it can be even harder to keep one.Game Tech: Dragon Quest Builders sequel builds on first outing

Fretting about doing your holiday shop with the summer sales in full swing? Who needs the hassle?Beach babe: Log on, check out and have a stress-free start to your holiday

Tea dunking is not just for cosy winter evenings. Biscuits are handy in the summer months for picnics or to keep you going on long hikes.Michelle Darmody's tricks for perfect home made biscuits

Apply sunscreen throughout the day, says Helen O’CallaghanBurning issue: Children's skin needs added protection from the sun

More From The Irish Examiner