Suicidal Kerry teen now waiting 25 days for bed in mental health unit

A suicidal Kerry teenager who tried to take his own life last month, has still not been allocated a bed in a mental health facility for adolescents in Cork.

The 14-year-old is now 25 days in the children’s ward of University Hospital Kerry, and may remain there indefinitely, unless a bed at the Éist Linn centre becomes available.

Éist Linn is one of only three in-patient facilites in Ireland that caters for teenagers with mental health issues.

The boy – who has a history of suicide attempts, aggressive behaviour and self harming – is currently under the care of a consultant child pyschiatrist.

A spokesperson for the HSE says that while they appreciate the distress the family is under, there is a long waiting list for admission to the Cork facility.

Speaking on Radio Kerry’s TalkAbout programme, the boy’s mother says he’s finding it very difficult at University Hospital Kerry, despite the best efforts of the staff there: