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. 

Irish students become mental health ambassadors

Irish students become mental health ambassadors

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.

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.

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...
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...
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...
Leaving Cert results advice

Leaving Cert results advice

It’s almost that time of year again when the wait is over and the dreams of young people are realised or dashed. The thoughts of college life become a reality. The wait for CAO offers begins in earnest and a massive collective sigh of relief for parents...
Festival-goers, mind your mental health!

Festival-goers, mind your mental health!

Are you preparing for your first festival or are you looking for some tips to better enjoy the experience? We put together some advice for festival-goers to mind their mental health during the festival season. St Patrick’s Mental Health Services CEO, Paul...
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.

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...

Surviving the last few weeks of the Leaving Cert run in…

“It’s nearly here…” that sentence will resonate with some students as the positive prospect that they will soon have this arduous process of hard work, tension and build up finally out of their lives. For others, this sentence will send a sense of dread...
Body Shame to Body Compassion

Body Shame to Body Compassion

The human body, at peace with itself, is more precious than the rarest gem. Cherish your body; it is yours this one time only. The human form is won with difficulty, it is easy to lose. All worldly things are brief, like lightning in the sky; this life you must know...