Request for Tenders - Youth Mental Health Initiative




For Youth Mental Health Needs and Resource Assessment

1. Background:

The Youth Mental Health Initiative was established in 2011 to foster the positive mental health and wellbeing of young people aged 12-25 years in Sligo, Leitrim and west Cavan.  The initiative involves a partnership between a wide range of statutory and voluntary agencies, communities and young people in order to achieve this aim.  The central action of the initiative is to develop an innovative, evidence-based approach for organising services and supports to enhance the mental health and well-being of young people. 

A key component of the initiative is to ensure that the work is informed by a reliable needs and resources analysis in relation to youth mental health.  In bringing about change, the initiative also relies on knowledge and understanding of evidence-based best practice in relation to youth mental health. 

2. Aims of Research:

  • To establish the current mental health needs of young people between the ages of 12 – 25 years in the Sligo / Leitrim / west Cavan area. 
  • To identify the current resources for youth mental health care and the strengths and weaknesses of such resources. 

3. Objectives:

The aims of the research will be met via the achievement of the following objectives:

  • Identification of a baseline of data of young people in respect of their mental health needs in Sligo / Leitrim / west Cavan (by reference to quantitative data in Headstrong’s My World survey). 
  • Identification of the needs of the key stakeholders (young people, statutory services, community and voluntary sectors) in relation to service provision.
  • Identification of the existing range of service provision in Sligo / Leitrim / west Cavan in relation to youth mental health. 
  • Identification of gaps in service provision in relation to youth mental health. 
  • Comparison with best-practice guidelines. 
  • Development of recommendations for the reconfiguration of existing services. 
  • Identification of additional supports required. 
  • Identification of design of any potential model of service and identification of methodology of costing same.
  • Identification of an agreed set of quantified objectives in terms of desired outcomes for young people and mental health in Sligo / Leitrim / west Cavan. 

4. Request for Tenders:

Tenders are now invited to carry out the above research, with a closing date of 4.30pm, 16/01/12.

The full Request for Tender document can be downloaded here.