Minister for Mental Health and Aging Mary Butler TD was in Enniscorthy recently to officially open the Wexford branch of the community support charity, Let’s Get Talking.
he purpose of opening the office in Enniscorthy, which is located at 54 Weafer Street, is to help support demand for access to mental health services in the South East.
First opened in Galway in 2012, Let’s Get Talking strives to provide the community with access to professional mental health services at an undefined fee.
A spokesperson for the organization said the non-fixed fee model positions the organization in a way that straddles public delivery and private enterprise in a way that makes service delivery more affordable for the public. in addition to improving public resources.
Ahead of the launch in Enniscorthy, the organization’s CEO, Cyril Highland, said everyone involved with Let’s Get Talking believes “everyone has the right to access therapy no matter what”.
“Every customer on our service is treated on the basis of their need, not what they can afford to pay,” he said.
With a focus on early intervention, Let’s Get Talking supports adults and children with a wide range of issues ranging from depression, anxiety, stress, relationship issues, addiction, trauma , bullying, eating disorders and parenting issues to help with family breakdown.
“We are very pleased to have chosen Enniscorthy for our new center to serve the South East community,” Mr. Highland said.
“It’s a belief firmly held in Let’s Get Talking that community well-being can be measured by people’s psychological health,” he added. “To that end, therapy is a major contributor to this mission.”
At the opening ceremony, Min Butler said it was extremely important to have such a facility in County Wexford.
“The opening of this center in Enniscorthy is a crucial step towards achieving our shared goals of ensuring that anyone with mental health issues receives the appropriate care and support they need,” said Min Butler. .
“I’m a huge supporter of Let’s Get Talking, which supports people with mental health issues in their local communities, with a strong focus on mental health promotion, early intervention and recovery,” said she added. “I am confident this center will have a positive impact on the local Wexford community for many years to come.”
The County Wexford branch of the organization will be led by local Wexford psychotherapist Ellie McLoughlin. She said she was delighted to be able to bring the “accessible service” to the wider community in the South East.
“I am extremely passionate about the benefits of therapy for people struggling with their mental health, and we look forward to collaborating with other community organizations locally,” said Ms. McLoughlin.
A number of local public officials were also present at the event, including Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy, who welcomed the opening of the new office in what was one of her last official duties as Cathaoirleach leaving Wexford County Council.
Other elected members present included Cllr Cathal Byrne, Minister James Browne, Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan and MPs Johnny Mythen and Brendan Howlin.
Last year, Let’s Get Talking provided 14,504 counseling and psychotherapy sessions to children, adolescents, adults and couples across Ireland,
Clients can contact the service directly, without referral, or through their GP and there is no limit to the number of sessions provided to clients.
To make an appointment with Let’s Get Talking, call 0818 714 001 or visit www.letsgettalking.ie.