5 May 2021, 15.18

The Sub-Committee on Mental Health will discuss youth mental health and the challenges arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic when it meets tomorrow, Thursday 6th May in Leinster House at 9.30am.

Representatives of the National Youth Council of Ireland and Ireland’s youth information website Spunout.ie will appear virtually before the Committee for the meeting in Committee Room 2.

Chair of the Sub-Committee Senator Frances Black said: “The Covid-19 pandemic and response has had an extraordinary impact on the mental health of people across society. Every age group has faced its own challenges. As well as isolation from months in lockdown, young people have faced their own unique challenges, for example they have faced school closures and re-openings and the worry of exam uncertainty including, for some, the Leaving Cert.

“The Committee has met virtually in private session over the last few months with a number of different community groups to discuss mental health issues and the challenges that these groups are now facing as a result of Covid-19.”

“Reflecting the on-going easing of lockdown restrictions, tomorrow’s meeting is the first public meeting of the Committee this year. The Committee welcomes this opportunity to hear the views of both the National Youth Council of Ireland and SpunOut.ie to discuss youth mental health and the impact the pandemic has had on young people and youth services.”

The National Youth Council of Ireland is a representative body for voluntary youth organisations in Ireland. SpunOut.ie is Ireland’s youth information website “created by young people, for young people”.

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Committee membership


Green Party

Solidarity - People Before Profit

Fianna Fáil

Sinn Féin


Frances Black - Chair


Fine Gael

Fine Gael

Labour Party