Where to go for help
In Northern Ireland to find your local Children and Adolescence Mental Health Service (CAMHS):
- Speak to your GP or school who can refer to CAMHS
- Search online for ‘Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services’ in your area – your local NHS trust website should have the details. Your child will still need to be referred by a professional.
If you are having trouble accessing CAMHS services for your child, and would like to discuss your concerns, please contact: www.youngminds.org.uk
In the Republic of Ireland to find mental health support:
Speak to your GP who can advise and recommend:
- Counselling (These might include free, low cost or private options. If you are a medical card holder and over 18, he or she may refer you to counselling in primary care)
- S.E. Psychology services. In some areas, psychology services are available through primary care. This means that you can access the service directly in those areas. Ask your G.P. or local health centre for more information. You can also find a psychologist and arrange a private appointment via www.psychologicalsociety.ie/find-a-psychologist/
- Visit yourmentalhealth.ie for more information
Head Space Ireland, www.HeadSpaceIreland.ie is a website for young people who are inpatients of the mental health services. The website provides an online toolkit to help you:
- Take part in the decisions made about you.
- Through everything during your stay.
- Make sure your rights are upheld.
Further information can be found at:
- Mind www.mind.org.uk for more information on all types of mental health problems
- Young Minds www.youngminds.org.uk for advice on mental health for young people
- OCD Action www.ocdaction.org.uk for OCD information and support
- SANE www.sane.org.uk working to improve quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness
- Mental Health Foundation www.mentalhealth.org.uk the UK’s leading mental health policy, research and service improvement charity
- Depression Alliance www.depressionalliance.org bringing people together to end the loneliness and isolation that so often come with depression
- CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) https://www.thecalmzone.net/ exists to prevent male suicide in the UK
The National Autistic Society’s Autism Helpline www.autism.org.uk/enquiry can be contacted for information about counselling and other therapies/interventions
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