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Aiming for top mental health marks

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.

Celebrating and reflecting on the emotional resilience of parenting

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.

WIMS Podcast Series: Stress in the Work Place

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.

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.

WIMS Podcast Series: Eating Disorders: Causes, Characteristics and Common Misconceptions

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.

Talking to Children about Suicide

Why “silence and secrecy” only increase the pain of bereavement by suicide. Childhood is meant to be a happy time, a protected time, but for some children (especially those prematurely exposed to death as a result of a suicide in their family or community)...

Parenting: Colman Noctor, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, joined Sean Moncrieff on NewsTalk FM for the parenting slot to discuss the Middle child syndrome. Show: Moncrieff Wed, 04 January 2017

Colman Noctor, Psychotherapist at St Patrick's Mental Health Services joined Nicky Byrne and Jenny Greene on their show 'Nicky Byrne Show with Jenny Greene' on RTÉ2fm to discuss computer game addiction. There is increasing evidence that people of all ages are facing...

"The Gender Episode" is the 51st episode of "The Women's Podcast" with Kay Cairns, Chris Ricketts, Justin Vivian Bond & Lilian Bland's Herstory In this episode they are talking about gender. The panel is made up of non-binary journalist Kay Cairns, author & teacher...

Colman Noctor & Elaine Burke joined Pat Kenny on Newstalk to explore the over use of smartphones.

What is psychosis, what are the stages and who is at risk?

Understanding the misunderstood Psychosis is a condition of fear. For some it starts with a feeling of sensory overload. For others, the mind becomes an unsafe place where everyday worries become plausible fears. Getting the best help available for a loved one often...

A Pebble in the Pond

Addiction is not just suffered by those going through it. It is also suffered by those who see their family members or loved ones going through it. Like a pebble being dropped into a pond the effects of someone with an addiction sends ripples of worry, concern, abuse...

Stigma and Substance Use Disorders

For centuries people believed that substance abuse was a moral problem, that a person made the choice to continue using a particular substance. It was believed that such a person had weak willpower and low moral strength, the blame was exclusively with them. This...

There is life after addiction – even if it is tough at times!

"Go on have the one it won’t hurt you." "God you are so boring." "Will I throw in a vodka into that diet coke when no one is looking?" This is mild compared to some of the so called ‘banter’ that an addict has to put up with. The stigma that goes with being a...

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...

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