Willow Grove Adolescent Unit

Willow Grove Adolescent Unit provides care and treatment for young people aged 12 to 17 who are experiencing mental health difficulties.

Adolescent mental health

Adolescent mental health

Adolescence is a time of significant change and personal growth for teenagers and young people. It is also a time when mental health difficulties can first come up, and when some young people may need support and treatment.

Willow Grove is the dedicated adolescent unit in St Patrick’s Mental Health Services (SPMHS). At Willow Grove, we aim to provide high quality care and a nurturing environment for young people on the journey to mental health recovery. We work to help young people and their families to develop skills and build on strengths which enable them to manage their feelings, behaviours and thoughts in a healthier way.

We treat young people going through a range of mental health difficulties, such as:

Some young people can also find the experience of day-to-day living very hard.

Our team is made up of a wide range of mental health professionals who combine their skills and knowledge to support the individual needs of each young person to recover from these difficulties.

Inpatient and homecare services

Inpatient and homecare services

At Willow Grove, we provide inpatient care and a Homecare Service to young people.

Young people who are referred to Willow Grove go through an assessment process which identifies which service is best for them. A member of the Willow Grove team will contact parents, guardians, and the referrer as part of this to discuss which service may best meet the young person’s needs.

Our inpatient centre is a 14-bed facility based in the campus of St Patrick’s University Hospital (SPUH) in James’ Street, Dublin 8. Young people receiving care as an inpatient have their own bedroom and ensuite bathroom. They also attend the Willow Grove classroom and have regular access to teaching staff during the academic year, with both individual and group learning taking place. Willow Grove is completely separate and distinct from adult units in SPUH, in line with national and international best practice, and following the regulations and Code of Practice of the Mental Health Commission.

The adolescent Homecare Service enables young people to access full, high-quality mental healthcare remotely from their own homes. The young person’s educational needs are discussed before they join the Homecare Service. 

You can watch the videos below to learn more about inpatient and Homecare services in Willow Grove.


Individual and group approaches

Individual and group approaches

At Willow Grove, we focus on skills to assist and maintain mental health recovery and to promote personal development. Every young person receiving care with us has a personalised care plan with goals and targets for their mental health recovery.

Our Young Person’s Group Programme includes:

  • Psychology skills
  • Psychotherapy
  • Self-esteem
  • Assertiveness
  • Communication skills
  • Wellness and Recovery Group (WRAP)
  • Occupational therapy groups
  • Music, drama, gym, and activity groups.

Young people receiving care through both inpatient and Homecare services take part in the group programme. We also provide individual therapy and one-to-one support to young people in addition to the group programme.

Education is also central to the programme; this is tailored for individual needs and includes plans for transition back to school.

Multidisciplinary team

Multidisciplinary team

We deliver care in Willow Grove from a multidisciplinary approach. The Willow Grove team includes child and adolescent psychiatrists and mental health nurses, who work together with clinical psychologists, cognitive behavioural therapists, a social worker, family therapist, occupational therapist, dietician and teacher.

We adopt a collaborative approach in our work, working closely with the young person and their family and linking with referrers and community mental health services.



We are accepting referrals for our inpatient and homecare services in Willow Grove. GPs and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) teams, among others, can refer to our services.

Referrers can find out more about these services in the brochures below.

Learn more about making a referral here.

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Your Stay

See brochures about Willow Grove

See brochures about Willow Grove

Download our Homecare brochure

See our inpatient brochure


For general queries, please call us. For more on mental health and our services, see our frequently asked questions (FAQs).

01 249 3200 See our FAQs


Contact Referral and Assessment Service for queries regarding referrals to our services.

01 249 3635 See more from our referrals team