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 very tense and...

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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...

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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 through their...

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Stress and the College Student

Multiple deadlines, midterms, and projects – it’s part of college life. But add in a part-time job, social activities and loans, and it’s no wonder so many undergraduates are stressed out. Stress Stats • 22: The average age when a person will experience anxiety for...

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No Diet Day 2016

International Diet Day is dedicated to promoting a healthy life style and raising awareness of the potential dangers of dieting and the unlikelihood of success. There are numerous fad diets out there claiming rapid and sustainable weight loss, however we often need to...

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Occupational Stress – what it is and how to deal with it

Today is World Day for Safety and Health at Work What do we mean by stress? There are many useful definitions that describe in detail what stress is and what occupational stress means. A scientific definition could be that stress is one’s reactions to life’s events:...

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International Association of Youth Mental Health Conference

The Youth Empowerment Service [YES] members share their experiences at the 2015 International Association of Youth Mental Health [IAYMH] Conference, Montreal. The IAYMH conference is an international youth mental health conference and the theme for 2015 was...

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If these really are mental health issues what can we do about them? Listen to Prof. Jim Lucey: Personality is a controversial and divisive concept. It has many definitions but insufficient agreed understanding. The concept of personality is not just hard to define it...

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Take a selfie, mind your selfie

Ireland’s A-List bloggers take part in #MindYourSelfie day, Friday 8th April to support Walk in My Shoes awareness campaign U2’s Adam Clayton, along with almost 30 of Ireland’s A-List bloggers and celebrities, will be sharing their selfies on Friday 8th April to...

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Deliberate Self-Harm or Non-Suicidal Self-Injury.

Listen to Prof. Jim Lucey on Today with Sean O'Rourke 16/03/2016 Why an assessment could make all the difference Deliberate self-injury is a very common behaviour. In fact it is so common that it has become the commonest reason people attend an emergency department...

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Happiness is relative to expectations

In today's world our expectations are being increased and increased on a daily basis as we are promised things that are bigger, faster and easier to attain. Unfortunately sometimes our reality lags considerably behind this 'ideal' and therefore our potential for...

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Women and Mental Health

International Women’s Day, Brain Awareness week, 8 March It is an undeniable fact that women are four times more likely than men to suffer from stress-related mental health disorders. By contrast, the major clinical disorders of mental health afflict women with the...

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Mindfulness for the modern mother

Busy mums can benefit from being mindful this Mother’s Day This weekend, mammies across Ireland will be honoured with breakfast in bed, flowers, chocolates, and the promise of a chore-free day. However, as demands of motherhood become more complex in a modern society,...

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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...

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Movie Matters – Mental Health Matters

2015 was a record year for St Patrick’s Mental Health Services “Frame of Mind” Short Film Competition, having received over 50 submissions from filmmakers who were asked to produce a short film they believe depicts the importance of positive mental health. The...

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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...

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How can we become more mentally resilient in 2016?

Listen to Prof. Jim Lucey on RTE Radio 1 with Sean O'Rourke 04/01/2016 (Podcast Recording) This year we are celebrating the first one hundred years since the proclamation of our independence. It’s timely to ponder our ambitions for the next phase of our history. One...

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A mental health Helpline for 18 – 25 year olds

“Christmas can be a lonely time of the year. If you're feeling down, call us. We are experienced mental health professionals and we can help.” St. Patrick’s ‘Walk in My Shoes’ Initiative has launched a facebook promotional campaign for its young adult helpline - The...

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Mind Your Mental Health As The Christmas Countdown Begins

The carols are singing out on TV and radio adverts, decorations are appearing in shop windows, and the must-have gifts for this year are lining the shelves. Yes, the countdown to Christmas is well and truly on. For many, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the...

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Work is stressful, and so what we do about that stress is important. Anxiety, depression, burnout and substance misuse may all arise directly or indirectly from stress in the work environment. At their most extreme work-related stress issues make up a significant...

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Emotional Eating – Do we eat to live or live to eat?

Do you tend to overeat? Are you inclined to eat more when you are stressed, or angry or lonely? Does eating help you relax and cope with difficult times? If your answer to any of these questions is “yes” then you could be an emotional over-eater. You may be someone...

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World Mental Health Day 2015

Today is World Mental Health Day 2015. One small step can make a huge difference. Take your first step by making a call- Speak to a mental health professional today. Get our downloadable free mental health packs here.  

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New Mental Health Helpline for Young Adults launched

"If I hadn’t called a helpline when I needed it most, things could have been very different" Bressie launches Walk in My Shoes Helpline and urges young people to TAKE THE FIRST STEP, PICK UP THE PHONE! St Patrick’s Mental Health Services are delighted to announce the...

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Coping with disappointment and failure

Disappointing events do not cause depression. Instead depression may be caused by the way we perceive our disappointments. In the past it was believed that depressed people had more negative thoughts because their mood was so low. Now we understand that it is negative...

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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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Innovative Mental Health Guide for Carers launched

St Patrick’s Mental Health Services are delighted to announce the launch of a new Information Guide which is the first of its kind in Ireland, for carers and supporters of those with mental health difficulties. Speaking at the launch at St. Patrick’s University...

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Holding on to the Holiday Feeling

Listen to Today with Sean O'Rourke RTE Radio 1 Wednesday 15th. July 2015 here.  Dr Jim Lucey MD PhD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at TCD and Medical Director at St. Patricks Mental Health Services Holidays are good for us. We all need rest. A vacation provides the...

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Stay ahead of your child’s exam stress!

Students across the country have started their exams. No matter how much preparation has gone into the last few months, 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...

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7 Top Tips for Safer Internet Day 2015

St. Patrick’s offers the following tips for parents on child internet safety; 1. Speak to you child about internet safety- Talk about the risks associated with the internet 2. Encourage your child to be careful when visiting sites 3. Report online material you may...

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