Youth Mental Health Support
Recognising the ever-increasing demand for youth mental health support, WEA partnered with Ferns Diocesan Youth Service (FDYS) in 2019 to provide €30,000 over a three-year period to assist them in their efforts to improve their youth mental health support programme. Our contribution enabled FDYS to secure matching funding, bringing the total project funding to €60,000. This allowed FDYS to embark on a programme to reduce its waiting lists for Youth Counselling Services and to help those young people, determined to be in need of mental health intervention, to access the services more effectively.
The objectives of the programme were:
- To develop an assessment process to better identify children actively requiring counselling services.
- To increase access to counselling services for those in need.
- To create alternative youth programmes for young people not requiring counselling, but in need of outreach and support.
- To put structures in place to ensure that a child-centred approach continues on a long-term basis.
Since 1965, Ferns Diocesan Youth Service (FDYS) has worked with young people in County Wexford to support them in realising their full potential, and to encourage them to take control of their own lives. Their non-formal education process is delivered through youth work programmes, youth and community support services, childcare and supports for volunteers.
For more information on FDYS, visit their website fdys.ie