A National Taskforce on Youth Mental Health and Counseling has been established. It teaches resilience, coping mechanisms, greater awareness to children and young people, and how to access support services voluntarily at a young age. Click here for more information.
Youth Work Ireland Galway offers a free counseling service for young people aged between 12 and 21 years. Click here for more information. Further to securing funding to continue the Free Counselling Service for Youth Work Ireland Galway in 2017, I met with Minister for Mental Health, Jim Daly TD, who has agreed to visit the services in Galway re stable funding options into the future. It follows an 11th-hour reprieve for the service, which will remain open until the end of the year at least, after a commitment from the HSE. The service, operated by Youth Work Ireland Galway, offers non-referral counseling to young teenagers in the city, Tuam, Ballinasloe and Loughrea.
The Early Years Health and Wellbeing Plan 2016-2020 for children up to the age of 3 years is a critical intervention to give children the best start in life which aims to provide a framework to enhance and support the health and wellbeing of children across the city and country up to the age of 3 years. Click here for more information.