CMHC submission on the Department of Children and Youth Affairs’ Statement of Strategy 2015 – 2017.

On 28th October, the Children’s Mental Health Coalition made a submission to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs on the Department’s Statement of Strategy 2015 – 2017.

The Children’s Mental Health Coalition recommends that the Statement of Strategy include commitments to:

– ensure that every child in Ireland is provided with education on how to look after their mental health and seek help when they are experiencing mental or emotional distress

– improve the mental well-being of children and young people during the period of the Strategy

– work with other Government departments and agencies to ensure the timely, appropriate and equitable access to mental health services, supports and therapeutic interventions, particularly for children and young people in the care and youth justice system

– inter-departmental collaboration to ensure the effective implementation of aftercare plans and supports for children and young people in care, and

– in terms of young people in the care and youth justice system, the Statement of Strategy should make a specific commitment to expanding the Assessment, Consultation and Therapy service (ACTS) to meet the unmet need.

You can read the full submission here.

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