HSE Adult Mental Health Services (Community Healthcare East)
The HSE Adult Mental Health Services provides specialist mental health support to people over the age of 18 years. Most people with mental health difficulties can be treated by their GP, and are only referred to the Specialist Mental Health Services when necessary, i.e. when your needs are more than the GP can assist with. You can only attend the Specialist Adult Mental Health Service when referred by a doctor. This may be your GP, by a psychiatrist in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (if you’re attending) or by a doctor in the Accident and Emergency Department in hospital.
The Mental Health Service a person is referred to is dependent on where you live. For example, the doctor may refer you to the Saint John of God’s Cluain Mhuire Adult Mental Health Service or to the HSE Mental Health Service, depending on your home address.
hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm
with: Anxiety Depression Eating problems Stress
Age range: 18+
Time: Where it is assessed that an appointment is appropriate, this will ordinarily be no longer than 4 weeks approximately.
Do I need my parents permission if I'm under 18?: na We do not accept referrals for anyone under the age of 18 years.
How do I connect with your service?
How can you help me?
When you attend the Adult Mental Health Service, you will meet with a psychiatrist and/or other members of the multidisciplinary team who will talk to you about your needs. With you, they will assess your needs and decide if the Mental Health Service is the best service to assist and what can be done do to help.
There is a variety of help that can be provided by the various different members on the team and this will be discussed and planned collaboratively with you. This is called ‘individual care planning’.
Different multisdisciplinary team members on the Community Mental Health Team and/or different multidisciplinary team members in the Hospital will have various different skills and may be able to help you in different ways, depending on your assessed need. An example of this might be that the Social Worker on the team can provide one to one support, practical advice and guidance, advocacy support, counselling support, psychosocial supports, as well as family interventions/support, group interventions and other supports.
All of the possible supports available to you will be discussed with you.
Tell me more about the HSE Mental Health Services in this area
In this area (Community Healthcare East), the HSE Mental Health Services provides a wide range of community and hospital based services to those people living in Dublin 2, Dublin 4, parts of Dublin 6, 6W, Dublin 8, Dublin 14, Dublin 16 and Dublin 18, and to those living in East Wicklow.
Mental Health Services are provided by a team of professionals with different expert backgrounds, training and skills, i.e. a multidisciplinary team (MDT). Each team is led by a Consultant Psychiatrist. The team normally consists of the lead consultant psychiatrist, a registrar and an intern (all doctors with different levels of skill and training), nurses, a psychologist, occupational therapist, dietician, social worker and other professionals with other/additional specialist skills such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapists. There are information leaflets available in each team to advise you on the supports available within that team. There are some Multidisciplinary Teams that work just in the hospital and there are some Multidisciplinary Teams that are mainly based in the community, i.e. Community Mental Health Teams. Different Community Mental Health Teams provide services in different geographical areas.
If you become unwell and you need to be admitted to hospital, there are three hospitals in Community Healthcare East that you might be admitted to. Again this depends on where you live.
For those people that live in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown area you might be admitted to St. John of God’s Hospital or to St. Vincent’s Hospital. If you are already receiving supports from a Community Mental Health Team before you are admitted to hospital, they will continue to work with you when you are in hospital.
There are other specialist services that are also available in the hospital. These include specialist perinatal services, and specialist eating disorder services.
As well as these services, there are other supports offered by other teams in the HSE Mental health Services. For Example, Resource Officers for Suicide Prevention coordinate and manage the delivery of various suicide prevention programmes including training like ASIST and Safetalk; the Traveller Mental Health Coordinator works with different people and organisations to support the mental health of members of the Travelling Community.