Kerry mother says 14-year-old son who attempted suicide can’t get into specialised unit

A Kerry mother says her 14-year-old son, who’s attempted suicide three times, is being held in a children’s ward because he can’t get a place at a specialised unit in Cork.

Sarah says her son is on a waiting list for the Éist Linn centre in Cork, which is child and adolescent mental health service in-patient unit.

On February 10th, he was referred to University Hospital Kerry by his GP; a psychiatrist assessed him as high-risk, but his mother was told there was no Adolescent Psychiatrist on duty that weekend, and he would have to go home.

She refused, and he was placed in the children’s ward, where he remains.

Currently there’s only one child adolescent psychiatrist in Kerry; the HSE says there are two unfilled positions.

Sarah has criticised this, saying there’s so much talk about suicide prevention, but yet there aren’t the appropriate services in place.

Any person in need of help can contact the Samaritans on 116 123.