Last year, we made great progress towards 24/7 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) for children and young people in every community across Ireland.
But we are not there yet.
With your support, we can get closer to having mental health services available to children and young people, in their hour of need.
In the HSE’s National Service Plan 2019, providing 7 day a week service for CAMHS was included. The inclusion in the HSE’s National Service Plan is a crucial stepping stone towards achieving the goal of 24/7 CAMHS.
This shows that our voices were heard.
Over the years, there have been many promises to make mental health services better. Now, we need hold the Government to account for their promise of 24/7 CAMHS.
Could support the call for mental health services for children and young people in mental health crisis?
Why 24/7 CAMHS?
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services provide specialist mental health services for children and young people in Ireland.
Currently, most CAMHS only operate from Monday to Friday, 9AM – 5PM.
Everybody knows that a mental health crisis can happen at any time, day or night. That is why we need 24/7 CAMHS for all children and young people in Ireland.
With thanks to the incredible generosity of our supporters, we raised €250 in just one day!
Now, we hope to raise €500 to increase the impact of the campaign for 24/7 CAMHS.
#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 2018, the #InOurHourOfNeed campaign focused on the development of 24/7 crisis mental health services for all children and young people in Ireland.
Through the efforts of our supporters, we reached over 2.5M impressions on our social media campaign. The goal of the 2018 campaign was for the HSE to extend the current Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
In early 2019, the HSE released their National Service Plan 2019 which included “Work to develop a seven day per week service for CAMHs to ensure supports for vulnerable young persons in line with Connecting for Life – Ireland’s National Strategy to Reduce Suicide 2015-2020. “
This is a crucial stepping stone towards achieving the goal of 24/7 CAMHS for all children and young people in Ireland who are in mental health crisis. The HSE and Government must be held to account for this promise.
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.