Child Protection

Family Support Handbook

Free Information Book for Families Affected by Substance Use

The Western Region Drug and Alcohol Taskforce and the HSE West Drug Service recently developed a free information book for families affected by substance use. This book is for anyone who has a family member misusing drugs or alcohol, including parents, children, siblings, partners, grandparents...

‘Cabinet must spend to save young lives’ from suicide

The Children’s Ombudsman has called on the Government to invest further funding in mental health services to overcome the stigma of suicide and to help save more young people from taking their own lives.   Some of the 3,000 attendees at the Cycle Against Suicide Student Leaders'...

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How to teach mindfulness to children: 4 fun exercises to try at home

Four fun ways to help children learn mindfulness: tummy breathing, happiness jar, digital detox, daily gratitude! Read more: How to teach mindfulness to children: 4 fun exercises to try at home Photo source: Evening Standard   More on Parenting & Family Support Services HERE More on Children & Young People Support HERE...

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New mental health initiative for primary school children launched

PRIMARY school pupils are to receive lessons designed to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing. Healthy Me is an initiative aimed at Key Stage 2 children in school settings, and will provide them with the skills, coping strategies and resilience to prevent poor mental health. Read...

When should we teach children about positive mental health?

When should we teach children about positive mental health?

Parents want children to begin building mental health skills at primary school - survey Read more: When should we teach children about positive mental health?   More on Children & Young People Support HERE More on Mental Health HERE...

Samaritans urge people to ‘shush’ and to listen to others

A leading suicide prevention charity is challenging people to become better listeners. Every week, nine people in Ireland kill themselves. Good listening is hard, but the Samaritans believe it is essential in bringing down the number of suicides. The Samaritans respond to one call for help per...