Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service


Information for Parents

A child or young person may be referred for the following reasons

  • Behavioural difficulties
  • Emotional difficulties
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Family relationship difficulties
  • Eating Problems and Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia
  • Mood Disorders: Depression, Bipolar Mood Disorder
  • Autism and Asperger's Syndrome (Diagnosis only)

Info for Parents


A Vision for Change

In 2006 the Government published a report of the expert group on mental health policy. This report is called A Vision for Change. One of the recommendations of this report is that mental health services for children should be provided by multidisciplinary teams. In effect this means that each team is made up of clinicians from different disciplines who all work together to provide a range of therapeutic interventions for each child. Usually a Multidisciplinary Team is made up of the clinicians in the following areas:

1. Consultant Psychiatrist
2. Psychiatrist in training.
3. Nurse
4. Psychologist
5. Social Worker
6. Occupational Therapist
7. Speech and Language Therapist
8. Social Care Worker.

Click on the links to read more information about each discipline in Lucena Clinic.
You can also read the full text of A Vision for Change


Young Children

Information for young children

Growing up can be fun but tricky. Sometimes people need to talk to a grown up to help figure out a problem. It’s good to talk about worrying things so we can better understand our feelings and how we act.



Young Children

Information for Teenagers


Adolescence is an important time of physical, social, emotional and educational development. It can be exciting but confusing. Sometimes it can feel like we don't have any control over what we think or how we feel. But by making simple changes to our lives, we can make a real difference.


History of Lucena Clinic

St. John of God

Lucena was the name of the house and the first hospital which St. John of God opened in 1537 in the city of Granada, Spain. To honour the 5th centenary of the birth of St. John of God in 1495, the Order renamed its Child and Adolescent Mental Health services as Lucena Clinic Services.


The Order wishes to extend the same hospitality shown by John to everyone who came seeking help, healing or shelter at his house on Lucena Street, to every child and family coming to any of the clinics at Rathgar; Tallaght; Dun Laoghaire, Bray and Wickow.


About Us

Lucena Clinics

St. John of God Community Services Limited

Lucena Clinic Services is the Child and Adolescent Mental Health service of St. John of God Community Services Limited. Lucena Clinic Services is a registered charity and has been providing a mental health service to children and adolescents and their families for over 50 years.


The Lucena Clinic services are delivered via our 5  clinics in

 Rathgar  - tel :              (01) 492 3596

 Tallaght  - tel :              (01) 452 6333

 Dun Laoghaire -  tel;    (01) 280 9809

 Bray  - tel :                   (01) 286 6886

 Wicklow - tel :              0404 25591


 If you are trying to contact ST. PETER'S SCHOOL  please visit their website. St. Peter's School   or

 ring their DIRECT LINE : 01 4999300 Please do not ring Lucena Clinic as we cannot transfer your call. 




Depression in children and young people.

Everyone has ups and downs in life but if you feel that you have a lot more down days than up days this can cause you to feel sad or anxious. When we are depressed or anxious our thinking can change, we can perceive things in a negative light which can make it difficult to find solutions to our problems on our own. Our family and friends might seem different and distant to us. Young people can sometimes find it hard to talk about their feelings but if you are feeling negative or sad a lot of the time it might help to talk to someone. We at Lucena are professionally trained to listen and help you. So, if you are worried you might be depressed or overly anxious talk to a friend, an adult or your G.P. You G.P. will get in touch with us in one of our clinics if he/she thinks you might benefit from coming to see us.




Depression Resources and Reading Lists

1. Support Groups

Aware – Irish support group for Depression and Bipolar Illness

Helpline Tel: 1890303302


Grow – Irish support group for mental health problems


2. Reading Resources

b) Books for children / youths

  • “Where’s Your Smile, Crocodile?” by Claire Freedman. Peachtree 2001
  • “Taking Depression to School” by Kathy L.Korb-Khalsa. JayJo Books 2002
  • “Kid Power Tactics for Dealing with Depression” by Nicholas Dubuque. Childswork/Childsplay 1996
  • “Depression is the Pits, But I’m Getting Better : A Guide for Adolescents” by Jane Garland. APA 1997
  • “Recovering from Depression : A Workbook for Teens” by ME Copeland. Paul H. Brookes Publishing 2002
  • “When Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens” by Bev Cobain. Free Spirit Publishing 1998

Related Websites         


Royal College of Psychiatrists 
For young people

For parents and carers




Let Someone Know


The Samaritans


About Our Kids


Read more


Young Minds 
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Lean on me

Information about Medication


HSE / Depression