Limerick Voice spoke to Dermot Troy, Youth Information and Communications Officer at Limerick Youth Service about the importance of having services that focus on the mental well-being of young people and their families within the community.
Limerick Youth service works with regeneration communities providing a range of Youth Work Projects such as Youth Clubs, Garda Youth Diversion Projects and Youth and family support.
Mr Troy spoke of the facilities run by the Youth group that benefit all members of a family within the community: “It is important for the residents to get involved. It is good for the individual person and good for the community.”
For the benefit of the mental health of their members, the organisation provides a “Be Well Team” which is a Youth Mental Health Service.
The “Be Well Team” service provides a free counselling service to young people aged 14-25 for the promotion of positive mental wellbeing and in tackling the stigma associated with it.
Aside from a free counselling service, the programme provides a youth mental health worker that supports young people in referring them to appropriate support services.
“Once you are in a youth club we are there if they need support, we have the support there for them, in different form like youth clubs and counsellors” Mr Troy added.
The Youth Service Officer also outlines why these facilities would provide a positive environment for young people that they may not receive elsewhere.
“It’s a place to see a smiling face, this is important as they may be coming from a home where they don’t get that.”
Apart from the “Be Well Team” providing Counselling, a Youth Mental Health worker and Parental Guidance and advice, they also have a great focus on Education and Training.
Speaking of the mental health of young people Mr Troy added that this kind of encouraging support may be needed: “Schools being full means teachers don’t have time to be praising every student” he said.
Limerick Youth Service provide Education and Training such as the Leaving Cert Applied, Catering Skills Course, Bakery Project and more.
However, Mr Troy has said that there is still a great need for more community services in Limerick: “The need for engagement with the community is still there, as is funding for youth projects and community projects.”
For more information on Limerick Youth Service, you can contact them by telephone on 061412444 or online at www.limerickyouthservice.com
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