A Wicklow TD has called on the government to address the crisis facing mental health services in Wicklow.
Speaking during a debate on a Sinn Féin motion on mental health surge capacity in Ireland, Deputy John Brady said the pandemic is having a negative impact on service providers in the county.
The biggest increase in demand is among the 12 to 14 age group, with the waiting time for children to access support now at 12 months.
Almost six in ten people responding to a recent CSO survey believe that Covid-19 has impacted negatively on their mental health and wellbeing.
One in five among 18 to 34 year olds reported being downhearted or depressed all or most of the time.