Almost 650 children are awaiting mental health services in the Cork/Kerry region — close to double the waiting lists in any other Community Health Organisation (CHO) across the country.
In CHO Area 4, the Cork/Kerry region, almost 200 of these children have been waiting for more than 12 months along with 94 who have been waiting more than 18 months for services.
CHO Area 8, which consists of Offaly, Laois, Westmeath, Longford, Meath, and Louth, is in second place in terms of waiting lists with 358 children awaiting treatment.
However, just seven of these children have been left waiting more than a year for services.
The figures were obtained by Cork TD Pat Buckley.
Fellow Sinn Féin TD Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire called for immediate investment in CAMHS to ensure children are seen in a timely manner.
“These are vulnerable adolescents and children with real mental health issues, whose lives may hang in the balance.