Suicidal Kerry teen now receiving the help he needs after month-long wait

A suicidal Kerry youth who was waiting almost a month for a bed in a special mental health unit for teenagers, is now receiving the help he needs.

The boy tried to take his own life in early February, and was admitted to University Hospital Kerry as a short-term solution.
The 14-year-old Kerry teen has suffered from mental health difficulties his entire life, including self-harming and suicidal tendencies.

According to the boy’s care team, the help he needs is available at the in-patient adolescent mental health facility Eist Linn in Cork.

However, both that centre and two others at other locations are full, and all have waiting lists.

While waiting for a bed to become available, the boy was placed in the children’s ward of University Hospital Kerry, where he remained for almost a month.

His mother told Radio Kerry just a week ago that this was highly unsuitable for her son, and he was becoming increasingly agitated.

However, earlier this week, it emerged that a suitable placement has been found for the boy, and he’s now receiving the help he needs.

His mother says the family are hugely relieved, and grateful for all the support they received following her decision to speak publicly about her son’s case.