Child Protection

HSE and Tusla staff launch Bronntanas appeal

IN 2002, HSE staff in Mayo came up with an initiative to ensure that less privileged children in the county and their families would have a fair chance to enjoy the Christmas festive season. The plan was to organise the giving of presents anonymously to...

How to stop your child being bullied – or being a bully

How to stop your child being bullied – or being a bully Make your child’s school life a little easier with some lessons in emotional intelligence Many kids mindlessly fall into being a bully and if they are re-directed towards more satisfying behaviour to fill their need...

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,...

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...

How to Avoid A Poorly Designed School Mindfulness Program

By Jamie Bristow In the UK, it was recently announced that the national government will put public money into mindfulness in education for the first time. One hundred and fifty schools will take part in a trial training program as part of a wider piece of...

Pieta House launches Resilience Academy schools programme

RTE’s Bryan Dobson and Eoghan McDermott - along with Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee - today launched a new school resilience programme developed by Pieta House. The aim of the six-week Pieta House Resilience Academy is to equip Second Year...

#TeenMentalHealth Report: Nearly 75% of teens worry about body shape

In a special report, Irish Examiner journalists looks at teen mental health. A special Irish Examiner / ReachOut Ireland teen mental health survey was designed to capture the views of teenagers in Ireland in relation to youth mental health and the issues that affect them. A body of...

Mayo Children and Young People’s Committee Survey

Mayo Children and Young People’s Committee brings together the main statutory, community and voluntary providers of services to children and young people. They provide a forum for joint planning and co-ordination of activity to ensure that children, young people and their families receive improved and...

Ireland has highest European rate for young girls taking their own lives

New statistics show Ireland has the highest rate in Europe for young girls taking their own lives. Our reporter asks why and what can parents do? Suicide in Ireland is intrinsically linked with men. According to figures from the Office for Suicide Prevention (HSE), of the...