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You are never too young to tackle mental health

Are our children learning to be as mentally fit as they are physically fit? Schools should be playing a significant role in influencing positive mental health and reducing the risk factors for mental health difficulties. There have been few generations as transformative for children as this one,...

One in 10,000 Irish teenagers will die by suicide, says Unicef

One in 10,000 Irish teenagers will die by suicide, says Unicef Ireland’s teenage suicide rate is fourth-highest among high-income countries Girls actually attempt suicide about twice as often as boys, though generally the methods chosen are less lethal. Ireland’s teenage suicide rate is the fourth-highest among high-income countries,...

What We Can Learn About Resilience From Elite Athletes

As an assistant professor and accredited sport psychologist, I am often asked what strategies I advise athletes to apply in order to assist them in overcoming setbacks in their careers (i.e., defeat, deselection, injury). I always aim to impart life-benefiting skills to these athletes, skills...

Investing 5 minutes, Enjoy a Wealth of Well-Being

Five minutes. It’s not a lot of time. Or is it? As it happens, investing just five minutes in certain key activities can yield amazing benefits for your health and happiness. 1. Five minutes of running per day may add three years to your life. According to this study (link...

Preschools without walls: why children need outdoor play

Too much screen-time and inactivity is depriving young people of vital life skills. Every generation winces when the previous one recalls how much better life was in their day. But one thing everyone remembers is playing outside as a child. If current trends are anything to go...

‘Every Irish family has a mental health problem’

Self-harm, anxiety and trauma have all increased in recent years, says Prof Jim Lucey Jim Lucey isn’t happy with where he’s sitting. We’re in a hotel on the quays, about to start the interview. He’s perched on a sofa in the foyer, at right angles to...

Bereavement Information Evening, The Family Centre, Castlebar, May 18, 2017

Venue: The Family Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo Date: Thursday, May 18th, 2017 Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm (Registration from 7:15pm) Anam Cara, the all-Ireland organisation providing support services to bereaved parents and families, is hosting a Bereavement Information Evening in Mayo. This event gives parents an opportunity to hear...