Kerry Mental Health Services

How to access the mental health services in Kerry

If you would like support for issues around your mental health, you can access this support through your GP. We recommend talking to your GP as the best way to get support. Your GP is best positioned to recommend the appropriate level of care.

Support from Primary Care Services and Community Services

Many people manage their mental health through the Primary Care services by receiving medication from their GP and/or receiving counselling from the Counselling in Primary Care (CIPC) service.

Support from Mental Health Service

Some people require more supports and then the GP makes a referral to the Kerry Mental Health Services.

If you are under 18, your GP will refer you to the Kerry Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).  

If you are over 18, your GP will refer you to the Adult Mental Health Services in Kerry. There are five adult teams which are organised by geographical area. Your GP and the mental health service will make sure that you are referred into the correct team.

How do you get help if you are having a mental health crisis in Kerry?


Visit your local GP (or South Doc out of hours)


Your GP will assess you and get you the help and safety you need


If you are thinking about self-harm and need immediate help, go to your nearest Emergency Department or ring 999 or 112 and ask for help. Our Self-Harm Nurses work 8am-8pm, 7 days a week. They will give you a comprehensive assessment, link you in with the correct services and make sure that you are supported in the meantime.

Suicide Response Leaflet (PDF)

Crisis Support Sheet (PDF)

Crisis Support Sheet - Irish Version (PDF)


Your GP or the Emergency Department will refer you to the appropriate services.

The Recovery Process

Find out more about the recovery model in mental health from the Mental Health Ireland website

Read more mental health information from the HSE