You access most of the following services by referral from your G.P. Alternatively, another health care professional (consultant or hospital doctor, social worker, psychologist, etc.) can refer you to these mental health services.

The mental health services

H.S.E. mental health services are delivered through specialist mental health teams from childhood to old age. The teams may include specialists such as psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, family therapists, social care workers, child care workers, occupational therapists, and speech & language therapists.

  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
    Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) are specialist services for children (generally up to the age of 18) with moderate to severe mental health concerns. The service provides advice, support and help to children, teenagers and to their parents or guardians. Find out more about Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) here.

  • Adult mental health service
    The adult mental health service provides mental health care and support to working age adults and their carers. The service offers a comprehensive care programme that helps you continue with your lifestyle without disruption, where ever possible.

  • Community rehabilitation service
    The community rehabilitation service provides care to people with severe and enduring mental health difficulties who have complex needs. You are only referred to this service through the mental health service (you cannot be referred through your G.P). 

  • Psychiatry of later life service
    The Psychiatry of later life service provides care to people who develop mental health problems as they get older (over 65 years of age). It aims to provide a home-based system of care and support to patients and their families.

What happens after referral to a specialist?

Waiting times for your appointment can vary, depending on where you live. Ask the G.P. about the expected waiting time and whether there are other supports available whilst you wait.

At your appointment, a member of the mental health team will meet with you to discuss your mental health concerns and to explain the treatment options available. Treatment may include out-patient care (services in the community) or in-patient care (hospital based services).

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