Young people and mental health in a changing world
Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People Mr Jim Daly, TD, today, Wednesday, October 10th joined members of the HSE’s Digital and Mental Health teams to launch the updated YourMentalHealth.ie website, to mark World Mental Health Day. The Minister also announced details of Online Therapy Pilots and a planned Crisis Text Line for Mental Health.
The HSE has redeveloped YourMentalHealth.ie to provide a significantly improved experience for those seeking mental health information, supports and services in the Republic of Ireland. People can now find personalised support options through a search tool that generates information on online resources, telephone and face-to-face services relevant to a wide range of mental health issues including depression, anxiety and stress.
Announcing details of new online services and pilots for Mental Health, Minister Daly today stated: “Comprehensive, integrated and evidence-based programmes for mental health are a priority. Today I confirm that the new YourMentalHealth.ie website will go live and I am pleased to announce that by the end of 2018, we will have our online therapy pilots in place. Additionally, significant work has taken place in respect of establishing an instant messaging crisis service. This is in response to research showing that a growing number of people are choosing to access supports in that way. Negotiations are also well advanced with the National Ambulance Service with regard to developing a single telephone contact information line specifically for Mental Health; this is a project that I have prioritised for the past year. We are also in the process of exploring other exciting tele-service options to assist professionals with reaching more patients in a more timely manner via the use of digital technology tools”.
Mr Jim Ryan, HSE Assistant National Director for Mental Health Operations added: “Prevention begins with being aware of and understanding the early warning signs and symptoms of mental illness. Our re developed site, yourMentalHealth.ie is a place to learn about mental health and how to support yourself and others and to find resources and support services near you. We encourage anyone who is concerned about their own or mental health or the mental health of someone they care about to visit the website to learn more”.
The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day is “young people and mental health in a changing world”, with a focus on raising awareness among adolescents and young adults of ways to look after their mental health. According to the World Health Organisation, half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated*. HSE Mental Health services are committed to helping young people build mental resilience, from the earliest ages, in order to cope with the challenges of today’s world using the digital communication channels used by young people.
Last updated on: 10 / 10 / 2018