Mental Health Reform Calls on Government to Show Greater Urgency in Response to CAMHS Report

Mental Health Reform welcomes Minister Mary Butler’s response to the Mental Health Commission’s Independent Review of CAMHS and her on-going commitment to reform youth mental health services. The coalition, however, has expressed disappointment at the lack of response from the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, coalition partners and senior government Ministers including the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly. 

Fiona Coyle, CEO, Mental Health Reform said: “The Mental Health Commission’s report, published last week, shows there are serious deficits in CAMHS which are resulting in dysfunctional mental health services for children and young people. Poor clinical governance, failure to manage risk and inadequate oversight have severely compromised the safety and quality of care in CAMHS. 

A lack of appropriate and timely mental health care has caused significant distress and frustration for families in need of urgent support. The underwhelming response from Government leaders shows no consideration for children who have been let down by CAMHS. Strong leadership and accountability are vital to restoring trust in the mental health system. 

The Mental Health Commission has outlined 49 recommendations in its report including the immediate and independent regulation of CAMHS and the urgent reinstatement of a National Director for Mental Health in the HSE. These measures are essential to ensure strategic oversight and leadership in the improvement of mental health services across Ireland. 

We need to re-think how we are supporting the mental health needs of our children and young people. We must ensure that young people receive the necessary support before their mental health challenges escalate. The crisis in youth mental health requires a national, cross-department response from Government. 

We need a firm commitment from the Taoiseach and coalition partners that this is a priority issue for them. Immediate action is crucial to ensure safe, effective and high-quality mental health services for children and young people.”

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