Mindspace Mayo, through its hub in Castlebar and two outreach services in Erris and Ballina, offers a support service to young people – ages 15-25 – who present with common concerns (e.g., dealing with a break-up, exam stress) to emerging mental health difficulties such as mild depression and anxiety.
To date, more than 1800 young people have been referred to Mindspace through its hub in Castlebar and two outreach services in Erris and Ballina.
With research showing one in five Irish children has had a mental health disorder in the past 12 months, Mindspace is seeking to create resilient school communities by expanding its services and operating new outreach centres across County Mayo.
Mindspace seeks to bring a primary care component to its existing work in schools, which will build on the best bits of existing national and international programs, and also give Mayo schools a contemporary program that reflects the world in which they operate.
The programme will deal with the gamut of issues, from educating staff about mental health and how to protect themselves, to supporting schools to implement their own strategies for mental health, wellbeing, suicide prevention and crisis support.
Early intervention programmes, such as those offered by MIndspace, have the potential to minimise the impact of mental health problems on young people and their families, and aim to help everyone reach their full potential.
You can help support the expansion of Mindspace Mayo’s work by donating to Mindspace Mayo.