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Voluntary admission to mental health facility

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Can i self admit myself into a mental health ward at 17


Hey there, welcome to Ask Alex.
Firstly, we want to say that it’s incredibly brave of you to reach out and ask about something as important as your mental health. It takes a lot of courage to acknowledge when you might need extra support, so well done for taking this step.
In Ireland, if you’re 17 and considering self-admission to a mental health ward, the best course of action is to start by talking to your GP (General Practitioner) about how you’re feeling. Your GP can provide support, guidance, and possibly refer you to the appropriate services. They’re there to help you navigate the healthcare system and find the right support for you.
If you feel like you’re in immediate danger or crisis, you can also present yourself at the Emergency Department (ED) of your local hospital. They have protocols in place to assist individuals who are experiencing mental health emergencies and can provide you with the necessary care and support.
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Remember, reaching out for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. It’s important to prioritise your well-being and seek the support you need. If you’re struggling to talk to someone you know about how you’re feeling, please know that you’re not alone. You can always reach out to the Childline Team for confidential, non-judgmental support. We’re available 24/7, so you can contact us anytime by phone at 1800 66 66 66 or through Messenger at, just click the purple chat tab and begin your chat. 
You’re never alone, and there are people who care about you and want to help you through this. We’re here to support you every step of the way and explore your options together.
Take care of yourself, and remember that there is hope and support available,

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