A new service for adolescents with mental-health problems has been launched at St Patrick’s University Hospital in Dublin today. The Adolescent Services Centre will provide community support from April to teenagers aged between 15 and 17. Programmes on offer will include treatment for drug and alcohol dependence, anxiety and eating disorders. Health Minister Mary Harney also turned the sod on a new in-patient adolescent unit this morning which will open later this year.
The building work to create a new day centre and rehabilitation unit and redevelop existing facilities is expected to be completed by the end of 2010. The development also includes a new multi-storey car park for the Princess of Wales Hospital, in readiness for the new £22m Child and Adolescent Mental Health unit.