Recently the launch took place of a research programme by St Angela’s College, Sligo.
The launch was on behalf of the Youth Mental Health Initiative (YMHI) at the CRIB, Sligo.
The programme involves a team of researchers from St Angela’s College who will conduct a needs and resource assessment in relation to youth mental health in the region.
The aims of this research are to establish the current mental health needs of young people between the ages of 12 – 25 years in the Sligo/Leitrim/West Cavan area and to identify the current resources for youth mental health care and the strengths and weaknesses of such resources.
With serious pressures on our young people including the impact of social media and bullying, there is a growing awareness of the need for proper research into the mental health of our youth.
Researchers will try to ensure that they get a wide range of views from young people and service providers on the subject of youth mental health.
The research will inform the work of the YMHI. This initiative was established in 2011 to foster the positive mental health and well being of young people aged 12-25 years in Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan area.
The initiative involves a partnership between a wide range of statutory and voluntary agencies, communities and young people in order to achieve this aim.
The central action of the initiative is to develop an innovative, evidence-based approach for organising services and supports to enhance the mental health and well-being of young people.
The need to respond in a more effective way to support young people’s mental health was raised initially by the Comhairle na nÓg groups in Sligo and Leitrim.
For more information contact Mark O’Callaghan, Principal Psychologist Manager, HSE Community Services Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan on (071) 9155132.