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Letter to the Editor [02/06/23]

2nd June 2023


The Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) welcomes the recent announcement by the Department of Education on the establishment of a €5 million pilot programme of counselling and mental health supports for primary schools.

The IACP have been long calling for such a programme to be put in place and more importantly into practice to help our young people and children who are experiencing mental health challenges.

The first strand of the programme will see pupils from primary schools in counties Cavan, Laois, Leitrim, Longford, Mayo, Monaghan, and Tipperary have the opportunity to avail of mental health support. While, it must be acknowledged that the introduction of this pilot programme is a step in the right direction, our hope would be that counselling supports for all children in schools will be available across the country once the pilot’s results are analysed. We believe that on top of this, a similar programme should be rolled out in secondary schools going forward.

Those impacted by mental health challenges, especially our young people, are at an increased risk of suffering from conditions such as moderate to severe depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and self-harm.

It is important that the State builds upon this progress by expanding similar supports to all primary and secondary school children.


Lisa Molloy

CEO - Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP)

Dún Laoghaire,





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