Two per cent of complaints to Children’s Ombudsman came from Cavan and Monaghan

The Ombudsman for Children says not enough is being done to help young people who are at risk of suicide.

He says distressed children are being forced to wait up to 4 days to see a psychiatrist.

Two per cent of all complaints made last year came from children in Cavan and Monaghan.

The Ombudsman for Children received over 1,700 complaints last year – 14 per cent of them related to mental health.

Dr Niall Muldoon is extremely concerned about a lack of progress in helping children who are at risk of suicide.

He says there simply aren’t enough psychiatrists to help those who need it:

 

Spunouts advice to anyone who can’t access the help they need – is to contact Pieta House – who specialise in helping children who may be distressed.