Mayo has developed the country’s first online information resource for young people whose parents experience mental health distress.
The WITH project (Wellbeing In The Home), a young person’s guide to parental mental health, was launched in Castlebar yesterday.
It is a collaborative project between Mayo Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Mindspace Mayo, young people representing Mindspace and Comhairle na nÓg, and young people who have used the CAMHS service.
All of the resources were developed under the guidance of people who share the experience of living in families where mental illness is a part of family life, young people and service providers in the mental health field.
Ms Maria Walsh, MEP, who officially launched the project said that “the aim of the WITH Project is to foster better mental health outcomes for children of parents with a mental illness, reduce stigma associated with parental mental illness, and help friends, family and workers identify and respond to the needs of the children and their families where parental mental illness exists.”
The WITH online resources are available on its own dedicated YouTube channel and national websites such as www.mindspacemayo.ie, www.yourmentalhealth.ie, and various HSE websites making it accessible to young people across the country who live with the impact of parent Mental Health distress.