How to access

Everyone is entitled to good mental health but deciding to address the difficulties you are experiencing can be hard. Please know that there is support available every step of the way.

Getting support

If you are worried about your own mental health, your first point of contact should be your GP.

Your GP will know and understand your physical and mental health history, so this is the first person we recommend you talk to. Together with your GP, you can decide on a course of action that best suits your needs.

If you are experiencing a mental health difficulty or are worried about a friend or relative, please make contact with the Support and Information Service in St Patrick’s Mental Health Services (SPMHS). This is a telephone and email service staffed by experienced mental health nurses from 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, with an answering and call-back facility outside of hours. The team can advise you of your best options and to give you the assurance that you need.

Accessing the Dean Clinics

Any referrals received for Dean Clinic assessments deemed appropriate will receive a Prompt Assessment of Needs (PAON), a free-of-charge assessment by an experienced mental health nurse through the SPMHS Referral and Assessment Service. This will allow for efficient mental health assessments and onward referral to the most appropriate service.

Service users can access the PAON from their own home, without the need to travel to a clinic. A range of communications technologies, including telephone and audiovisual technologies, such as Skype or FaceTime will be used to provide the assessment. The service user can choose their preferred means of communication with the Referral and Assessment service.

If you have any queries on accessing Dean Clinic services, please contact the Referral and Assessment Service on 01 249 3635, or you can contact our switchboard out of hours on 01 249 3200.

If you have question about health insurance, our health insurance information for service users is available here.

Making a referral

If you are a GP, you can find out more about how to make a referral here.


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Adolescent Dean Clinic

Support and Information

Take your first step by making a call: speak to a mental health professional today.

01 249 3333

Referral and Assessment Service

Contact us for queries regarding referrals to our service.

01 249 3635 Referrals & Admissions