Children & Young People

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...

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...

Two teachers with students in a library

Helping schools to deal with a tragedy

A new book guides principals and teachers on how to navigate the storm of a critical incident, including the 'wallop effect' on their own emotions. Read more: Helping schools to deal with a tragedy Photo: Lorraine Teevan, Source: Independent.ie...

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...

Claremorris Career Event 2017

Claremorris Career Event 2017 Aims to Help Teenagers with Career Choice

Senior cycle and pre-senior cycle students, and their families, are invited to attend the Claremorris Career Event 2017, which takes place in the McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris, on Saturday, February 25 (11am to 2pm). The purpose of the event is to arm students and families with...

‘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'...

Mindspace Mayo Launches Outreach Service in Ballina

Mindspace Mayo Launches Outreach Service in Ballina

Mindspace Mayo have recently opened their second outreach service located in Ballina in order to facilitate & support young people in this area. It can be particularly difficult for young people in more rural areas of the county to find and attend support services when...