There is a crisis in the treatment of suicidal people in Wexford, the Dáil has been told.

Independent Wexford TD Mick Wallace said some parents had informed him that their children had to wait more than two and a half years for appointments for treatment under the Child and Adult Mental Health Services.

Mr Wallace said waiting times for primary care-based psychology services was now over three years.

"The lack of adequate community and mental health services in Wexford is a serious problem," he said.

Mr Wallace also said the numbers of people who are being prescribed anti-depressants had risen sharply up from 249,500 to 390,000 in a single year - an increase of 36%.

In response, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said suicide caused enormous grief among family and friends, but that the number of people taking their lives in Ireland has gone down by about 30%, and Ireland's suicide rate was now at the EU norm.

He said the Government was "really committed" to developing mental health services.

Mr Varadkar said 2,560 people are on the child and adult mental health service waiting list.

"There are now 70 CAMHS teams," he said, adding that Minister Jim Daly, the Minister for Mental Health, is going to meet the HSE on 23 January to review all aspects of CAMHS.

"I'll ask him to raise Wexford as a particular black spot," he said.