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. 



Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders

Problems or pressures at school, with friends, or at home, are common. Your appetite can be affected by stress, pressure, worry or tiredness.
Some people turn to food for comfort. This can lead to eating more than we need, and can make us put on weight.


Resources and Reading Lists

Support Groups

  • Bodywhys – Irish national voluntary support group
    Tel:1890 200 444 (lo-call helpline)
  • BEAT – Uk based charity for people with eating disorders and their families


Books for parents

  • “Eating disorders: a parents guide” by Rachel Bryant-Waugh, Bryan Lask. Psychology Press, 2004
  • “Breaking free from Anorexia Nervosa: a survival guide for families, friends and sufferers” by Janet Treasure. Psychology Press, 1997.
  • “Just take a bite” by Lori Ernsperger and Tania Stegen-Hagen. Future Horizons, 2004. – (for food aversion / younger children)
  • “Help your teenager beat an eating disorder” by James Lock, Daniel Le Grange. Guilford Press, 2004
  • “Bulimia Nervosa; a guide to recovery” by Peter J Cooper. Robinson Publishing, 1993
  • “Overcoming binge eating” by Christopher G Fairburn. Guilford Press, 1995


Books for teachers / educators

  • “It’s not about food…It’s about Feelings” available by post from the Eating Disorders Association, First Floor, Wensum House, 103 Prince of Wales Road, Norwich NR1 1DW, England or by email at
  • “Eating Disorders: Guidance for teachers” by Lewis - Johnson and Lewis. Available through BEAT website .

Related Websites


Royal College of Psychiatrists 
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