Online resource to help young people in Limerick find mental health services

Online resource to help young people in Limerick find mental health services

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has launched a new online mental health tool for young people. The tool is designed to give people easy access to mental health resources and local services.

The official launch, which took place at the Carmelite Centre on Angier Street, was attended by Minister Mary Butler, Secretary of State for Mental Health and Older People, and psychotherapist and author Colman Noctor.

The online tool aims to help close the gap in mental health support and ensure young people can find the help they need quickly and efficiently.

Minister Mary Butler highlighted the importance of this initiative, saying: “The launch of this youth mental health signposting tool marks a significant step forward in how we continue to support young people’s mental health in innovative ways.

“Young people have embraced modern technology and receive much of their information via their phones and devices. It is crucial that young people have access to the right, appropriate support when they need it, in an age of misinformation and disinformation.

“This signposting tool will play a vital role in ensuring that access to the many forms of mental health support available to young people is highlighted and signposted, and will also support their families.”

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Rachael Traenor, National Youth Health Program Manager at NYCI, highlighted the collaborative effort behind this project: “This tool shows how much good work is already being done by youth workers and youth services to support young people’s mental health.

“We are extremely proud of the collaborative work that has gone into developing this tool. It reflects our commitment to improving the mental health of young people across Ireland.

“Our thanks go out to all the organizations and individuals who contributed to this important initiative.”

The launch event also featured youth mental health promotion programmes and activities currently being facilitated by organisations across the country, as well as a discussion with Finglas Youth Resource Centre, Insync Youth Service, Kildare & West Wicklow and Limerick Youth Service.

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