Health & Wellbeing Subgroup

Children & Young People's Mental Health & Wellbeing Subgroup - (0-25)

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Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) What is CAMHS ?

Linn Dara CAMHS 

Linn Dara Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are specialist services provided by the Health Service Executive for children and adolescents aged 17 and under.
CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. It provides assessment and treatment for young people and their families who are experiencing mental health difficulties or mental illness that is not addressed at primary care or in other services.
To access a CAMHS community service you need to be referred by your General Practitioner (GP).
Services provided by Linn Dara CAMHS CHO 7 (Dublin South, Kildare & West Wicklow):
  •  Community Mental Health Teams (7 Multidisciplinary Specialist Teams)
  •  Community Eating Disorder Service
  •  Linn Dara Approved Centre (Inpatient Unit)
  •  ADMiRE – ADHD Pathway
  •  Consultation & Liaison Psychiatry at National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght
  •  Mental Health of Intellectual Disability Services (2 MHID Teams)

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Primary Care Child Psychology Service: Dublin South City 

  • Services offer support to children (0-17) who are experiencing mild to moderate psychological challenges.
  • Services offer many interventions depending on the level of support a child needs.
  • This is called a Layered Care Approach
  • Lots of people come to community talks and access self-help information.
  • Many people come to parenting groups and Psychology Consultation Clinics.
  • Some people attend for assessment or individual therapy.

Some Aspects of our service are delivered by telehealth (eg video/phone).

The Dublin South City Child Primary Care Psychology Service is for people living within our catchment area, including

Dublin 2
The Liberties
The Coombe
Harold's Cross

St. Enda’s

Child Difficulties:

  •  Behavioural difficulties
  •  Anxiety and low mood
  • Difficulties managing feelings
  •  Difficulties with concentration and attention
  •  Social and interpersonal difficulties
  •  Relationship difficulties between parent and child
  •  Cognitive and development concerns
  •  Trauma and stressful life events
  •  Assessment and screening of non-complex difficulties

It may not be necessary for your child to attend the service. Often we work in collaboration with parents on how to best support their child.

Self-Help Information

Bibliotherapy is the use of books for therapeutic purposes.  It is available to everyone.   We often recommend bibliotherapy to help with mild to moderate mental health issues and have created a self help reading list which provides resources for many issues that you and/or your child may be experiencing. The majority of these books can be found at your local library.

You can find out more about bibliotherapy and how to join your local library here ( Thanks to Dublin West Primary Care Psychology Service for bibliotherapy resources).


We occasionally deliver workshops throughout the year on different themes of interest for parents such as:

  •  Anxiety
  •  Emotions
  •  Behaviour
  •  Resilience
  •  Sleep
  •  Attachment
  •  Mindfulness

Group Interventions

We offer parent groups where parents can develop skills to support their children’s emotional and psychological needs.

We offer groups for children to improve their awareness of their feelings and emotions and help them to develop skills to cope with them when they are overwhelming.

Individual Interventions

Sometimes, children may need more support and can be referred for individual therapy. Sessions may involve the child, and or parent, attending depending on what is thought to be most helpful. The number of sessions is limited.

Accessing Services - How can your child be referred? 

Children can be referred by a healthcare professional, such as your GP, a Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist or Public Health Nurse.

To refer your child to our service, please speak with a health professional involved with your child's care. Contact our service directly for a referral form at 01 795 8044.

We need written parent(s) consent in order to accept a referral.

What happens if your child gets referred?

Referrals are reviewed at our regular team meeting and if our service seems the most appropriate, a referral acceptance letter is sent to the referrer and parents.

If we feel another service would be more helpful, we may recommend your child is referred there instead.  

We may also recommend you access other community services while waiting for an appointment with the psychology service. An offer of an initial assessment appointment will be sent as soon as possible.  

What can you expect when meeting a Psychologist?

A talk with a psychologist is confidential.

Information is only shared with specific individuals or services in situations where there is a concern for you or others’ safety.

Sometimes, with your permission, we may link with other healthcare professionals e.g. a speech and language therapist, to make sure you are best supported.

The Primary Care Psychology Service, work together as a team to deliver the most appropriate support to the children and adolescents referred to our service. 

Professionals may include Clinical, Educational and Counselling Psychologists, Psychologists in Training and Assistant Psychologists.

  • Meath Primary Care Centre 1-9 Heytesbury Street, Dublin 8, D08 Y1TW 
  • Pearse Street Health Centre, Mark’s Lane, Off Lombard St East, Dublin, D02 TD23 
  • Rialto Primary Care Centre, 383 S Circular Rd, Dublin 8, D08 RY99

Please send all Referral Forms to The Meath Primary Care Centre.

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For questions about health services, your entitlements, or how to access HSE health or social services in your area?

You can phon HSELive to speak to one of our agents on: 

1800 700 700
00 353 1 240 8787 (from outside Ireland)