Children & Young People

First year in secondary school: a survival guide

Teachers and students share their tips for making the transition to a new school a positive experience for pupils . . . and how parents can help Beginning secondary school is one of the landmark moments in a child’s life, but new beginnings can bring both...

The Child & Family Mental Health Initiative (CFMHI)

The Child & Family Mental Health Initiative (CFMHI) interagency team launch their information resources for parents with Mental Health difficulties and their children http://www.mindspacemayo.ie/uploadedfiles/Understanding-your-parents-Mental-Health-(12+).pdf http://www.mindspacemayo.ie/uploadedfiles/Understanding-your-parents-Mental-Health-(7-12yo).pdf http://www.mindspacemayo.ie/uploadedfiles/Talking-to-your-Children-about-your-Mental-Health.pdf   More on Children & Young People Support HERE More on Mental Health HERE...

The importance of self-compassion and self-acceptance

Positive well-being – sometimes we are our own greatest obstacles to achieving happiness “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama Often, we are our own greatest obstacles to achieving happiness and well-being. Sometimes we...

Breaffy GAA leads the field in fight for mental health awareness

Breaffy GAA Club has extended its commitment to reducing the stigma surrounding mental health with the announcement that Mindspace Mayo will now feature on the clubs U-14 jerseys. It is hoped that the campaign will raise awareness of youth mental health issues in Mayo. GAA clubs...

How To Help Your Child If Christmas Makes Them Anxious

If you think that the holidays could be a difficult time for your child, here are some tips for how you could alleviate the pressure or worry they may feel. Gifts, gingerbread houses, advent calendars and chocolate. Trips to see Santa, trips to see his ‘elves’,...

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,...