225 children and adolescents are waiting for primary care psychology appointments in Kerry.
The figures, up to date as of the end of June, show that 53 of these young people are waiting longer than a year for an appointment.
Kerry Fianna Fáil TD John Brassil says this is unacceptable, and the figures are clear evidence of a crisis in children’s mental health services.
In response to a parliamentary question from Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher, the HSE confirmed that almost 6,000 children and adolescents in the country are waiting for primary care psychology appointments; 225 of those are in Kerry.
Sixty-two (62) young people in Kerry are waiting up to 12 weeks for a psychology appointment; 36 are waiting between 12 and 26 weeks; and 42 between 26 and 39 weeks.
Thirty-two (32) Kerry children and adolescents are waiting between 39 weeks and a year for a psychology appointment; and 53 are waiting over a year.
Kerry Fianna Fáil TD John Brassil says the fact that almost one in four children waiting for an appointment in the county has been on a list for over a year should act as a wakeup call to Minister of State with special responsibility for Mental Health, Jim Daly.
He says vulnerable children and teenagers need this service and there’s an obligation to provide it.