One of the key findings from the Mental Health Needs Assessment, carried out by the National Youth Health Programme in 2015, was the need to support organisations, practitioners and young people access appropriate mental health services.
In response to this need a Youth Mental Health Signposting tool was developed. It provides information on available youth mental health services, training programmes, community supports and children’s rights.
How to Search the Site
There are four sections in the site:
You can narrow your search by choosing a region, a service offered, or both. Here is a list of some of the services you can search for:
You will find programmes for:
youth workers who want to upskill to better support young people and their mental health
Young people to enhance their wellbeing
Parents and members of the community on how to support youth mental health
Everyone on self-care
A number of national organisation's have a presence around the country and provide support on the ground in relation to mental health. In this section you can see who these organisation's are, what they do and get details of how to contact them so that you can avail of their expertise and the relevant services they provide.
Pieta House is an example. Pieta House is a national organisation well known for its 24 hour Helpline in relation to the prevention of suicide and self-harm. However, they provide less well known services too, including having Suicide Bereavement Liaison Officers (SBLO) in a number of counties across the country. Developing a relationship with your local SBLO may be a support to your youth service and help you in the event of a death by suicide in your service/community.
Find out about young people's rights in relation to mental health and who to contact for support or more information.
The Development of the YMHS Tool
The work of the National Youth Health Programme (NYHP) is informed by national policy and strategy along with the needs identified by our member organisations and the wider youth sector. Mental health has been identified by young people and those working with them as the number one area of importance in the National Youth Strategy 2015-2020. The topic of mental health also arises regularly in the interactions between the NYHP and the youth sector.
The NYHP recognised the need to capture the voice of the sector in more depth through a rapid mental health needs assessment. The findings from this work have and continue to inform the work of the NYHP around how best to meet the needs of those working with young people in the youth sector, and to support the implementation of Connecting for Life, and the National Youth Strategy.
One of the key findings from the Mental Health Needs Assessment was the need to support organisations, practitioners and young people access appropriate services;
“Staff felt they need more information about mental health conditions as well as what services are available and what those services do. They also need to understand what the referral pathways are for youth mental health services as well as how they can support young people safely. In addition to this they want to be able to give information to young people about where they can seek help.”
In response to this need the Youth Mental Health Signposting tool was developed. It provides information on available youth mental health services, training programmes, community supports and children’s rights.
The National Youth Health Programme would like to acknowledge the time, input and resources provided by a range of organsiations which contributed to the development of Youth Mental Health Signposting tool