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

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...

TY students graduate as mental health champions

On Friday, May 5th, over 90 Transition Year Students from throughout the country graduated from St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services’ Walk In My Shoes TY programme. The programme saw students experience a week long placement in St. Patrick’s University Hospital, which...

Ireland’s Youth Take on Mental Health

St Patricks Mental Health Services is delighted to introduce Mission Possible, an initiative dedicated to celebrating and acknowledging the work schools around the country do to promote positive mental health. At the inaugural Mission Possible Awards Ceremony held in...

Poetry Therapy

One of my very earliest memories of writing is of learning how to write my name at age 3 or 4. I saw nothing wrong with writing in large letters "mad" then underneath "ge". It looked lovely to me. Adults around me laughed. “You have to write it all on the one line”...

Does having depression increase the risk of stigmatisation?

Depression is a common mental health disorder affecting as many as 350 million people worldwide at any one time according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Depression is a mood disorder often referred to as major depressive disorder or clinical depression. It is...

Depression – Misunderstood

What’s in a word? How many times have we heard the words “It’s so depressing” or “I am depressed”? What does it really mean and in saying these words are we talking about an experience that is perhaps fleetingly negative? The words depression and depressive illness...

#MindYourSelfie Day 2017

This year we launched our new School Resource Packs on #MindYourSelfie Day (31st March). We were blown away by the support and feedback from schools for this initiative. As some of you are aware, on #MindYourSelfie Day we held a social media campaign to promote the...

Blathnaid is boosting her Selfie ‘Steem

RTE Presenter Blathnaid Treacy and U2 star Adam Clayton, along with Ireland’s top bloggers will be sharing their selfies on Friday 31st March to launch the new #MindYourSelfie School Resource Packs; our exciting school mental health activity pack. Blathnaid, RTE’s...

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