Mental Health Ireland have launched a new podcast series on a range of mental health related topics which you can listen to on Spotify or Itunes. Topics covered so far include ‘loneliness’, ‘the impact of technology on our youths mental health’ and ‘sleep’
The General Election on the 8th of February 2020 must be a General Election in which mental health is given priority. Ireland’s mental health services are in a state of crisis and have suffered from years of significant under-investment, staffing shortages and access difficulties. Mental Health Reform have launched the General Election 2020 Manifesto and call on candidates to pledge, if elected, to implement in full these essential changes for our mental health services.
The Triple P – Positive Parenting Programme is one of the most effective evidence-based parenting programmes in the world, backed up by more than 35 years of on-going research. The programme offers parenting information, tips, skills and proven strategies to help parents respond to the questions and needs that inevitably arise in their families. This helps to prevent problems in the family, school and community and to create family environments that encourage children to realise their potential. It does not tell you as a parent how to raise your children, but gives you the confidence and skills to build good relationships with their child, set boundaries and rules, confidently manage your children’s behaviour and prevent problems developing. It is flexible to the needs of individual families; this sets it apart from many other parenting programmes. You decide what strategy fits your family.
The Lifting the Silence on Suicide Community Events will take place in ten communities in Sligo and Leitrim commencing in the Glasshouse Hotel in Sligo on 5th November followed by the Bush Hotel in Carrick-on-Shannon on 12th November. This series of events has being organised the Connecting for Life Sligo and Leitirm implementation group in an effort to bring a focus on suicide prevention to the people of Leitrim and Sligo…..
Mental health first aid is the help offered to a person who is developing a mental health problem or who is experiencing a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves. It follows the model that has been successful with conventional first aid.
World Mental Health Day is held each year on the 10th October. It is an annual awareness raising event organised by the World Federation for Mental Health. This year’s theme is “Focus on suicide prevention”. We are reminded how the very simple day-to-day interactions we have with others, have the potential to make a difference to someone who may be struggling or feeling vulnerable. A series of events are taking place across Leitrim to encourage people to connect more, both with themselves, with others and with their communities.