Concerned that a young person is misusing drugs or alcohol?

MYDAS (Midlands Youth Drug & Alcohol Support) project delivers a community-based under-18 drug and alcohol prevention and treatment support service for young people and families across the counties of Longford, Westmeath, Laois and Offaly.

The range of services provided includes:

  • information and advice
  • counselling
  • family support
  • family therapy
  • key working
  • interagency case management

It also delivers a range of education programmes to relevant community, voluntary and statutory sectors in line with best practice.

The project, which partners with the Merchants Quay Ireland DATS (Drug & Alcohol Treatment  Support) Project for over-18s and families, was officially launched in 2017.

Both co-ordinated care services complement and enhance existing treatment and prevention support services across the region, with one of the main aims of the services to coordinate the care of individuals (both over and under 18 years) and families experiencing problems as a result of their drug and/or alcohol use.

Both projects work on a ‘needs basis’, which means individuals can self-refer or be referred by a parent/guardian, GP, youth worker, social worker or any other community, voluntary or statutory agency.

During 2020, 12,477 interventions were provided by the MYDAS project 

In addition to this, more than 1,274 individuals benefitted from school and community group information sessions and/or training which were delivered through the programme.

The services are co-funded and supported by both HSE CADS (Community Alcohol & Drug Service) and the Midland Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force (MRDATF), through funding allocated from the HSE & the Drugs Policy Unit (DPU) in the Department of Health.

Are you drinking too much?

Many people don’t always know how much alcohol they drink and whether their drinking could have any impact on their health.

Our alcohol self-assessment can help you identify if the amount you drink could be putting your health at serious risk. 


LOCATION: We provide services across Longford, Westmeath, Laois, Offaly

SUPPORTING: Young People & Families

HOW TO GET HELP? Individuals can refer themselves to this service, or be referred by parent/guardian, GP, youth worker, social worker or other community, voluntary or statutory agency


If you would like to talk to someone and find out more about how we can help then you can:

  • contact us via the number on the bottom of this page  (weekdays 9am-5pm)
  • email us at: [email protected]
  • ask an adult such as a parent/guardian, GP, youth worker, social worker or other community, voluntary or statutory agency to contact us for you

Extern MYDAS
CADS Treatment Centre,
Midlands Regional Hospital,
Arden Road,
Tullamore, Co Offaly

Tel: 00353 (5) 793 51691
Email: [email protected]

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