KERRY Mental Health Association has welcomed the launch of the Kerry Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub which will improve the accessibility to mental health supports for young people in the county.

The Hub is made up statutory and community services that together provide a wide range of supports across 20+ issues from addiction to depression to self-harm.

The supports are tailored at various levels of need, from online information to group support, to one-to-one counselling so the user will always be able to find the right support, at the right time.

The General Manager of Kerry Mental Health Association, John Drummey, said: “We welcome the launch of the Kerry Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub and we are proud to be listed as one of the service providers on the website. More than half (53%) of the respondents to recent survey of Leaving Certificate students in Kerry said they would not know where to go if they, or someone they know, needed help from professional mental health services right away. The Kerry Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub was in development when the survey took place and we hope that it will help young people to secure the right supports when they need them most.”

The Kerry Mental Health & Wellbeing Hub originated under Kerry Child & Youth Mental Health Working Group of Kerry (CYPSC) who identified a need for a central source of information on mental health supports in the county of Kerry.

CYPSC works in collaboration with all statutory and community & voluntary services in the county which provide services & supports to children, young people, and families.

The aim of the group is to identify gaps in service provision and address them through interagency working. Central to the work is ensuring that children and young people are ‘front & centre’ and can access information & identify appropriate supports quickly and easily.

Follow the link to the Kerry Mental Health & Wellbeing Hub.

The objective of Kerry Mental Health Association is to promote the general welfare of people and to support those with mental health challenges, and their families and carers, through the provision of information, by advocating on their behalf; to provide education and training programmes that promote good mental health and wellbeing; and supports those with mental health challenges.

We have Branches in Tralee, Killarney, Kenmare, Castleisland, Listowel, Killorglin, Iveragh, Corca Dhuibhne and Rathmore/East Kerry.