Using photographs to promote positive mental health

Using photographs to promote positive mental health

World Photo Day falls on 19 August. The main aim of World Photo Day is to inspire positive change across the world, connecting people and raising awareness using photography. To mark the day, our Walk in My Shoes (WIMS) Project Manager, Amanda McArdle, shares some insight into our #MindYourSelfie campaign and the power of photos in opening conversations about mental health.

Parenting Advice from Dr Colman Noctor

Parenting Advice from Dr Colman Noctor

Dr Colman Noctor, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist with St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, joined Kathryn Thomas on RTÉ Radio One on 31 July 2019, discussing parenting issues and answering listeners’ questions about their children’s mental...
World Friendship Day

World Friendship Day

World Friendship Day falls on 30 July every year. The day marks the importance of friendship and solidarity in overcoming the many challenges that we can face in our lives. School is one of the places that we build important bonds and friendships which can often last...
WIMS Podcast Series

WIMS Podcast Series

To mark Pride 2019, here’s another chance to listen to Moninne Griffith, Executive Director of BeLonGTo and presenter James Patrice chat about LGBTQ+ mental health, their own experience with coming out and the valuable work BeLonGTo does with young LGBTQ+ people.

Sparing a thought for fathers on Father’s Day

Sparing a thought for fathers on Father’s Day

To mark Father’s Day, Dr Colman Noctor reflects on the undeniable shift in the role of fathers in contemporary culture. Underlining how important it is that fathers become more involved in the ‘hands-on’ rearing of their children, Colman encourages us to acknowledge just how much fathers have to offer in creating positive childhood experiences. 

Mental health training for teachers

Mental health training for teachers

We are delighted to announce that we will be hosting a Mental Health Information Day for teachers and others who work with children and young people next month. This event will take place on Friday, April 26th in St Patrick’s University Hospital, Dublin 8.

How to reassure your child about the Momo Challenge

How to reassure your child about the Momo Challenge

The viral Momo Challenge has been getting more and more coverage and has been talked about in schools around Ireland.

In this podcast, Dr Colman Noctor shares his advice with worried parents on how to talk to their children about the challenge.

Can ADHD be a problem in both children and adults?

Can ADHD be a problem in both children and adults?

ADHD is the most common behavioural disorder occurring in children today. It affects between 3% and 9% of school-aged children and young adults in Ireland. It is a Neuro-Developmental condition arising from problems within the developing brain and leading to a series...
Warning signs of bullying & what to do

Warning signs of bullying & what to do

Types of bullying include physical bullying, psychological or emotional bullying and more recently cyber bullying. It is a mistake to assume one form is more severe than another as all of these experiences can have serious effects on the victim. Bullying is distinct...
Less (exam) stress, more (emotional) success

Less (exam) stress, more (emotional) success

Five steps to better mental wellbeing during exam time. As the Junior and Leaving Cert exams get underway this week, it is normal for students, and parents, to become overwhelmed by the high level of stress and anxiety that comes hand-in-hand with state exams. During...
Students take on mission for mental health

Students take on mission for mental health

Mission possible: Mission accomplished We held our Mission Possible awards this week, celebrating the achievements of schools around the country in promoting positive mental health. Now in its second year, the Mission Possible Awards Ceremony held at St Patrick’s...
Talking to Children about Suicide

Talking to Children about Suicide

How To Talk To Children About Suicide by Prof. Jim Lucey | Today with Sean O'Rourke - Wednesday 1st November https://www.walkinmyshoes.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/20171101_rteradio1-seanorourke-howtotalkt_c21263409_21263418_232_.mp3 Why “silence and secrecy”...
Adolescents and the importance of friendships in the school setting

Adolescents and the importance of friendships in the school setting

For most of us, we spend a large proportion of our time in the school setting, from as young as about 3 years of age to 18 years or thereabouts. Nowadays, from a very young age, many children enter into a very different environment to what they are used to in the home...
International Youth Day 2017

International Youth Day 2017

International Youth Day is being held around the world on the 12th August. It is 28 years since it was first set up by the United Nations to celebrate young peoples’ views, initiatives, and efforts in trying to make the world a better place. This year’s theme is “The...
The story that lives…. 20 years on

The story that lives…. 20 years on

Anyone who knows me will know that my passions include rugby, technology and Harry Potter. I was introduced to these books when I was working the night shift in a Children’s Mental Health Unit in London almost 20 years ago. I remember explaining to my nursing...
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...
Blathnaid is boosting her Selfie ‘Steem

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...
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...
Alarming Rise in Rates of Adolescent Self-Harm

Alarming Rise in Rates of Adolescent Self-Harm

Ahead of their upcoming conference on 1st March, St Patrick’s Mental Health Services and Pieta House are urging parents, school-teachers and caregivers across the country to get educated on the subject of self-harm. St Patrick’s CEO, Paul Gilligan, said, “The increase...
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

Cyber bullying has been defined as an aggressive, intentional act carried out by a group or individual using electronic forms of contact repeatedly and over time against a victim who cannot easily defend him or herself

Inside Out – A Psychological Insight

Inside Out – A Psychological Insight

One of the approaches that can be used to explain quite complex emotional concepts to children is metaphor. This is because something that is described in a ‘once removed’ way is far less threatening and therefore more prone to understanding. The use of metaphor in ‘Inside Out’ is fantastic.

Raising Emotionally Healthy Children

Raising Emotionally Healthy Children

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 resilient are less likely to experience emotional difficulties and are more likely to overcome these difficulties if they occur.

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

International Children’s Day

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...

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...
Parenting: The impact of discipline on emotional health

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...
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