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.
As almost 125,000 students across the country begin their Junior and Leaving Certificates this week, St Patrick’s Mental Health Services (SPMHS) is encouraging parents to take simple steps to look after young people’s emotional wellbeing during the exam period.
1 June marks the United Nations (UN) Global Day of Parents, a day proclaimed by the UN as an opportunity to appreciate all parents in all parts of the world for their selfless commitment to children and their lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing this relationship. Here, our Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Paul Gilligan, celebrates and reflects on the parental emotional resilience.
On WIMS FM a few months ago, Tom Maher, Director of Services at St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, sat in with Dil Wickremasinghe and Tara Flynn for a chat about stress in the work place.
They discussed what stress is, how it affects us and what we can do to combat it. It’s a fun chat about a serious topic, so you should find it as enjoyable as it is interesting.
Walk in My Shoes saw over 100 students from across the country graduate as mental health ambassadors from its unique Transition Year (TY) Programme in a ceremony that took place in St Patrick’s University Hospital in May.
March 8th marks ‘International Women’s Day’, a day which serves as a call to action to progress gender equality around the world. This year’s theme – Better the balance, better the world (#BalanceforBetter), draws attention to the need for greater gender balance in all dimensions of society and community, including within work and business, wealth, government, and media and sports coverage.
Awards season culminates with the much anticipated Oscars this weekend and amidst the glamour and gúnas, we thought we’d take a look at how people living with mental health issues are portrayed in the movies.
Walk in My Shoes, the mental health awareness-raising campaign of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, is calling for students and teachers to showcase their efforts to promote positive mental health in their schools, as it today launches the third annual Mission Possible: School Achievement Awards.
It’s Eating Disorder Awareness Week, and in the first episode of our new Walk in My Shoes podcast series, Dr Clare O’Toole, Consultant Psychiatrist with responsibility for the Adult Eating Disorder Service at St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, shares her expertise on the causes of eating disorder, the treatments available and how best to support someone living with a disorder.
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
Holidays are good for us. We all need rest. A vacation provides the kind of break a body cries out for. Why doesn’t the holiday feeling last longer?
The room is a space for the mind, and a metaphor for the mind at the same time. Most of us will never find ourselves on a psychiatrist’s couch and yet our lives would be perilous if we did not make space for our mental health. In this space, we can hold up a mirror and acknowledge our search for meaning. By going to the room, life becomes more resourceful and rewarding. In showing up there, we show up for life itself.
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.