On 1 June, we celebrate the United Nations (UN) Global Day of Parents, appreciating all parents for their selfless commitment to their children and nurturing of their relationships.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we would like to take this opportunity to reflect and acknowledge the role that parents play in guiding and sustaining children’s health, education and emotional wellbeing during difficult times.
Enhancing our children's wellbeing starts with parents protecting their own emotional and mental health. The saying "water cannot be drawn from an empty well" has never been more true. We recognise the importance of parents looking after their own mental health and building their resilience during these testing times.
In this video, Chief Executive Officer of St Patrick's Mental Health Services, Paul Gilligan, talks us through some simple steps to help parents safeguard their emotional wellbeing. Paul reminds us to set reasonable expectations and celebrate your strengths and values, while always reminding yourself you are doing your best.
This video was made in partnership with the National Parent’s Council and Walk in My Shoes. You can learn more about the National Parent’s Council here, and read more of our articles for parents and guardians here.
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