Labour Demands Urgent Action on Children’s Mental Health Crisis

Seán Sherlock TD
20 February 2024
  • Government graded ‘E’ for progress on children’s mental health services

Labour’s Children and Youth Spokesperson Séan Sherlock TD has today condemned Government following findings of the Children’s Rights Alliance report card, which awarded the government an ‘E’ grade for progress on children’s mental health services.

Deputy Sherlock said:

“It is deeply troubling that children with mental health issues and disabilities are being failed by our government. We cannot afford to wait any longer for action. Every day, children are suffering due to inadequate access to the care they need. This is a grave injustice that cannot be ignored.

“We in Labour have been advocating for greater investment in mental health and disability supports for children. The current situation, with unacceptably long waiting lists for appointments and children going without essential care, is nothing short of scandalous.

“Government can’t even fulfil its own Programme for Government, and children are getting the brunt of the consequences.

“Vulnerable children deserve better. They deserve timely access to the care and support they need to thrive. It is time for Government to prioritise the mental health and well-being of our children and take immediate action to address this crisis.

“Labour will continue to push for change and hold the government accountable for its failures in addressing children’s mental health.

“We call on the government to listen to the voices of children, families, and experts who have been advocating for change. Together, we can ensure that no child is left behind and that every child has the opportunity to grow up healthy and happy. The time for action is now.”

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