Children prescribed anti-depressants over 1,000 times


CHILDREN in Donegal have been prescribed anti-depressants on more than 1,000 occasions over the past ten years, according to new figures. The numbers come to light amid a scandal that has engulfed the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). A major report was published in January and to date 240 families have received apologies […]


Rise in young people referred to mental health services


THERE has been a significant increase in the number of children and teenagers being referred to the mental health services in Donegal. Figures obtained by the Donegal News show that there has been a 47 per cent increase in referrals to the Donegal Child Adolescents Mental Health Services (CAMHS) last year. There was a total […]


Youth mental health waiting lists ‘extremely worrying’


WAITING lists for youth mental health in Donegal have been branded ‘extremely worrying’ as waiting times for an appointment with Jigsaw are currently up to eight weeks. Sinn Féin TD  for Donegal, Pearse Doherty, has called on the Minister to urgently engage with the service to provide a solution. Demand for the Jigsaw service in Donegal and […]


Country on verge of a mental health crisis – Dr McDaid


COVID-19 is a highly contagious viral illness, but it is not a very virulent one and we must ‘learn to live’ with this virus. That was the heartfelt message delivered this week by former Government Minister and Letterkenny GP Dr James McDaid, in a lengthy letter to An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin. Dr McDaid said that […]


Mental Health May Green Ribbon Walk


The annual Green Ribbon Campaign which takes place every May aims to get people talking openly about common mental health problems. This campaign promotes open conversation about mental health and it challenges the associated stigma that sometimes comes with it. More than 500,000 free green ribbons are distributed every year to spark a national conversation […]


Mental health and the road to recovery explored at Connecting for Life Donegal Conference


  Connecting for Life Committee Back Row left to right – Mary Maguire HSE, Jean McLaughlin Dunfanaghy resource centre, Peter Walker HSE, Garry Glennon LYFS, Anne Sheridan HSE, Mairead Cranley DCC Front Row left to right Noreen Doogan MABS, Seamus Rodgers, Paul Kernan Intercultural Platform, Hugh Friel Donegal Travellers Project and Liam Ward DCC   […]


Donegal Rose praised for highlighting mental health issues


  Donegal Rose, Amy Callaghan, was praised last night as she openly discussed her mental health struggles during the live RTE broadcast of the Rose of Tralee.  Taking to the stage to talk with Daithi about her battles with anxiety, peer pressure and how she got the help that was needed, Amy wowed the nation with […]

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