A mental health crisis can happen at any time, day or night. Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are not always there for our children and young people in their hour of need.

Mental Health Reform are calling on the Government to make CAMHS available to children and young people 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Most services are only open Monday – Friday, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. 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. This is not an appropriate place for anyone in mental distress, especially our children and young people.

Our children and young people deserve to 24/7 CAMHS with quick access to mental health services in their community, in their hour of need.

“I didn’t really know if it was something to call an Ambulance about – you don’t really know what to do in those situations, do you? Especially when you’re a kid yourself.... You’re not meant to be sitting in, what feels like, a prison holding cell and watching the doors and holding your mate's hand so tight so they know you’re there. You’re not meant to be a kid in A&E and waiting hours for someone to call out your name.”
"I was 14 years old when I was placed on a hospital bed in A&E. Myself and those close to me in severe distress, not just in this hour of need but for weeks and months previous. We needed care then and there. I came into A&E on a Friday afternoon. I was moved to a ward that evening and my parents told "the team will review her on Monday"."

Support #InOurHourOfNeed

Help make our voice louder as we call for 24/7 CAMHS for all children and young people in Ireland in severe mental distress.
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#InOurHourOfNeed does not get any State funding and relies on your generous donation. Help make our voice louder in getting 24/7 crisis mental health services for our children and young people.

In 2017, the #InOurHourOfNeed campaign was successful in campaigning for the Government to implement 7 day a week community mental health services across 114 sites in Ireland before the end of Q1 2018. This was committed for adults only.

It is slowly being rolled out across the country but it excludes the children and young people of Ireland from getting the mental healthcare they need.

We need to hold the Government to this promise! We also need them to ensure that mental health services are provided 24 hours a day, so that people can get urgent support outside of office hours.

If you need to talk to someone right now – call Samaritans on 116 123.
If you want to find out about mental health services in your area – visit yourmentalhealth.ie.


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