The Department of Health has opened a new Mental Health Hub in Castlerea.

CAMHS Connect is an online service, based at the former Rosalie Unit in Castlerea, and is one of various new e-Mental Health initiatives to modernise mental health care nationally.

The Department of Health says it will provide vastly-improved patient experiences, particularly during out-of-hours where currently a young person presenting to a facility with no on-duty psychiatrist must wait until one becomes available the next morning.

With the assistance of doctors working from the new Hub, clinical support will be available around the clock to support health staff elsewhere to treat patients who present with mental health problems, via tele-psychiatry.

It will also improve the support available to mental health teams across areas where there are gaps due to recruitment issues.

Also on the same site in Castlerea at the former Rosalie Unit, a new Day Hospital will be for young people and a Day Hospital for Psychiatry of Later Life are being developed.

Minister of State for Mental Health & Older People Jim Daly told Midwest News that this represents an investment of €2.6 million in mental health services in the Western region....

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