MyMind Limerick and Cork recently marked two special anniversary celebrations of providing vital, affordable and accessible mental health services in the community.
MyMind Cork celebrated its second birthday, while MyMind Limerick marked its first anniversary since opening its doors in April 2014.
Both centres have seen a significant increase in demand since opening. Appointments provided by MyMind Cork alone grow from 1,004 in 2013 to 2,061 in 2014, with a 97.41% growth in that time, while Limerick provided 808 appointments since opening its doors. MyMind provides counselling, wellbeing and psychotherapy services in more than 10 languages either online, face to face or in the workplace.
MyMind charges are based upon employment status, allowing the unemployed or full time students to access services at vastly reduced rates. In addition, revenue generated from full fee clients is reinvested, enabling MyMind to provide affordable services to all. New clients may self-refer and appointments are usually made within 72 hours of contact.
MyMind believes that early intervention is the most effective way to prevent mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and stress from turning into severe problems. By providing fast and easy access to services in the community, MyMind is enabling people to access supports for mental health problems early on.
Founder and CEO Mr Krystian Fikert said, “We are delighted to be celebrating these special milestones of providing high quality, low cost mental health care in Cork and Limerick, and are dedicated to growing and improving this service for many years to come.
“In Ireland, someone experiencing mental health issues may be faced with long public sector waiting lists and costly private services. MyMind is working hard to fill this gap through a mental health service that is easily within everyone’s reach.
“MyMind’s vision is that the provision of an accessible and affordable service based within the community will help to culturally normalise mental health care and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness in Ireland.”
“Since opening the centres in Cork and Limerick, we have seen demand for our services increase significantly. This shows just how much of a need there is for MyMind’s uniquely accessible service, and we are passionate about continuing to make a significant impact in the community,” said Mr Fikert.