Providing support for youth mental health
and well-being in Kerry

                         

The Youth Mental Health Working Group

The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines Positive Mental Health as " state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community."

The Youth Mental Health Working Group has adopted this as their working definition of youth mental health and well-being.



Important Notice:

If you are concerned about the mental health and well-being of a young person you should speak with a GP or Health Professional.



Who We Are
The Youth Mental Health Working Group members include representative from the HSE, Kerry Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service, NEPS, South West Counselling Centre, Kerry Adolescent Counselling Service, Jigsaw, Kerry Diocesan Youth Service, SPHE Support Service and the Kerry Network of Family Resource Centres.



What We Will Do
The Kerry CSC Youth Mental Health Working hope to ensure that all young people in Kerry enjoy positive mental health and well-being. To achieve this we will
  • Establish and promote referral pathways for children and young people with identified needs to appropriate mental health supports in a timely manner.
  • Establish an interagency agreement / protocol across services re the most appropriate response to young persons with mental health needs.
  • Establish a community level protocol for young people with emerging mental health needs.
  • Develop an interagency critical incidence response protocol to ensure a speedy & appropriate response as required.
  • Establish education, preventative and community level supports.
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