Answering children’s questions about the Manchester Terrorist Attack

Answering children’s questions about the Manchester Terrorist Attack

‘How do I explain to my children when they ask me questions about the recent events at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester?’ The reality is that because modern-day media is everywhere, it is almost impossible to avoid seeing upsetting images or stories of this...
Dealing with the emotional impact of terror

Dealing with the emotional impact of terror

(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) By its nature the horrendous act in Manchester Monday night will have the greatest emotional effect on teenagers. They will relate to being at a concert and the fear, chaos and devastation an act like this would create. They will...
13 Reasons for Reflection

13 Reasons for Reflection

Upon recommendation from a number of people, I eventually got to watch the much talked about Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. My apologies for being a little late to this discussion, but as a father of 3 small children, finding time to binge-watch a Netflix series over...
Disconnect and Connect

Disconnect and Connect

Tips for Parents to manage technology use at home: 1. Be the best role model you can be: Switch off the mobile when your child is present, don’t be distracted by emails or news feeds. Demonstrate that there is a time for technology but there are also times when...
Tips on how to be an emotionally healthy parent

Tips on how to be an emotionally healthy parent

All children have the capacity to live emotionally healthy lives. Parents and teachers play a key role in influencing and nurturing this.  For children being emotionally healthy requires feeling loved, believing in themselves, being able to be happy and feeling safe....
Back to school: get children off to a good start in secondary school

Back to school: get children off to a good start in secondary school

Starting secondary school is an under-discussed issue. We often tend to overlook the challenges of the child moving from primary school to secondary school, which for me is more often a problematic transition. This transition is often made more challenging if the...
Cyber bullying

Cyber bullying

Colman Noctor, Adolescent Psychotherapist with St Patrick’s Mental Health Services   What is cyber bullying – How it affects you – How it is carried out – Bystanders and witnesses – Prevention – Netiquette & Internet...
Inside Out – A Psychological Insight

Inside Out – A Psychological Insight

Colman Noctor, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist with St Patrick’s Mental Health Services   Plot: The central theme of the movie is based around a character called ‘Riley’ who is a young girl who’s family have to move because her father cannot find work....
Raising Emotionally Healthy Children

Raising Emotionally Healthy Children

Paul Gilligan, CEO St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services   Being emotionally healthy is vital to our overall happiness and ability to live an enjoyable and fulfilling life. The evidence tells us that children who are emotionally healthy and psychologically...
Stay ahead of your child’s exam stress!

Stay ahead of your child’s exam stress!

No matter how much you prepare for exams, the pressure is firmly on and often the anxiety can be overwhelming for both students and their parents. However, according to St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services, anxiety is not always a bad thing. Colman Noctor, Child and...
Parents need to be aware & supportive during exam time

Parents need to be aware & supportive during exam time

Exam pressure is one of the top causes of anxiety in young people. Experts at St. Patrick’s University Hospital say that parents need to be aware & supportive during this time. Paul Gilligan, CEO at St. Patrick’s says “The exam period can be a...

International Children’s Day 2016

Never before have parents taken their role as parents so seriously. They on average spend more quality time with their children than their own parents or grandparents spent with their children. They are more aware than previous generations of parents of keeping their...
Mindfulness for the modern mother

Mindfulness for the modern mother

Busy mums can benefit from being mindful this Mother’s Day This weekend, mammies across Ireland will be honoured with breakfast in bed, flowers, chocolates, and the promise of a chore-free day. However, as demands of motherhood become more complex in a modern society,...

Addiction to the Internet– A Warning for Parents

Traditionally, we understand addiction to mean chemical dependence or psychological dependence on a substance or activity. However perhaps it is better to use the term ‘problematic misuse’ to understand our reliance on internet and similar activities. What defines...

Answering the unanswerable, children’s questions about Paris Attacks

Listen to Colman Noctor on Today with Sean O’Rourke RTÉ Radio 1 “Talking to Children about Terrorism” 25/11/2015 ‘Why did those men shoot those people?’ ‘How do I explain to my children when they ask me questions about the events in Paris last week?’...

10 warning signs of teenage depression

Teenage Depression is a difficult condition to identify as it may exhibit similar signs to normal teenage melancholia and moodiness. However depression is a very serious condition that can have drastic effects on a teenagers developing personality and can lead to...

Parenting: The impact of discipline on emotional health

While Summer time offers an opportunity for parents and children to spend more time together doing enjoyable activities it can also be a stressful time for parents. The greatest source of this stress can be discipline issues which often arise more during the Summer...

7 Top Tips for Safer Internet Day 2015

St. Patrick’s offers the following tips for parents on child internet safety; 1. Speak to you child about internet safety- Talk about the risks associated with the internet 2. Encourage your child to be careful when visiting sites 3. Report online material you may...