Mental Health Provision For Midlands Children Needs To Be Addressed

700 children are on the waiting list in 2020 in the CHO8, which includes Laois, Offaly and Westmeath.

Mental health provision for children in the midlands is among the worst in the country, and should be addressed as soon as possible.

That's Sinn Fein's message ahead of their move to bring new legislation forward to regulate CAMHS under the Mental Health Act.

Longford Westmeath TD Sorca Clarke says there are just under 700 children and young people waiting to access mental health services in health area CH08, which includes Laois, Offaly, and Westmeath.

That's a 60% increase on the waiting list in 2020.

She says Mental Health Commission should be given statutory powers to enact its recommendations:

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