News that Cavan Family Resource Centre in Cavan Town is set to withdraw from providing counselling and psychotherapy services has been received with shock.
The Anglo-Celt understands that the decision is effective immediately and no further new appointments in relation to counselling or psychotherapy will be available.
It is understood that the demise of these much-needed services is due to lack of additional funding. Concerted efforts were made to get additional funding, but these were unsuccessful.
The services are due to finish at the end of September.
A number of parents have told The Anglo-Celt that this decision will leave a serious void in the provision of such services in Cavan Town.
Students from secondary schools and primary schools suffering from bereavement trauma and mental health issues have been referred to the service in the past.
The service had a strong reputation for assisting people in the aftermath of local tragedies. A spokesperson for the service was not in a position to comment on the matter when contacted.
Meanwhile, Deputy Brendan Smith has been informed by the HSE that funding has been approved for the further development of addiction services for Cavan and Monaghan. The HSE were replying to Deputy Smith following Parliamentary Questions he tabled regarding the need to provide additional resources in the area of drug awareness and prevention schemes.
The HSE in their reply stated: “The HSE Area 1 has received notification from the HSE National Social Inclusion Unit on the approval of funding for the further development of Addiction Services for the counties Cavan and Monaghan. The HSE has commenced the recruitment for these posts.”
“These services need to be enhanced and increased due to the widespread problems associated with addiction,” said Deputy Brendan Smith.