The HSE website have a list of supports and services that may be useful to you or someone you know during this extremely difficult time.
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50808 is a free 24/7 text service, providing everything from a calming chat to support for people going through a mental health crisis. Crisis Volunteers are available 24/7 for anonymous, supportive text conversations. Text TALK to 50808 to begin. #Text50808
The restrictions issued to curb the spread of Covid-19 have led to a lot of larger and smaller events being cancelled. It also means schools and college will now not open again until the autumn. Cancellations and confirmations of such, have been delivered in stages, meaning each few weeks we have received new information.
Young people in their final year of primary or secondary school or college have lost out on the opportunity to see their classmates again within those structures. Holidays, festivals, summer jobs, weddings, exams (!) have been taken off the cards, bringing disappointment in different ways. Dealing with these unmet expectations can be a challenge, that we all could do with a bit of guidance around.
The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has today launched an animated media clip to support children and their parents/guardian with returning to or starting crèche, pre-school and childminding settings.
You will find more information on:
Due to Covid-19 the National Parents Council are unable to continue with the delivery of the parent programme supporting transitions from pre-school to primary school around the country as they had planned. However, they still feel that it is important to support parents to prepare themselves and their children for this transition so they have developed a short video with some of the key information from the programme which is available here.
There is no need to register just hit the play button below and if you have any questions please contact one of the helpline officers at firstname.lastname@example.org who will be happy to assist you.
You can access a range of advice and supports from the National Parents Council website
HEY SIGMUND is a website containing the latest research and news in psychology. It attempts to bring psychology into the mainstream for everyone and especially parents. Karen Young explains what it all means and why it matters.
Karen has worked as a psychologist in private practice and in educational and organisational settings. She has lectured and has extensive experience in the facilitation of personal growth groups. Karen is a regular contributor to Parenting Magazine in New Zealand. She can often be heard on Australian radio, and is and a sought-after speaker. Recently, she published ‘Hey Warrior’, a book for kids to help them understand anxiety and find their ‘brave’.
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Facebook Live (During Isolation) – Anxiety, Big Feelings, Tantrums, Sibling Fights … and more.
Just in case you want to skip a bit …
01:10 The ‘fight’ part of anxiety – tantrums, aggression, big feelings – why it happens and what to do.
04:20 Big feelings are a call for us to come closer (even when they don’t feel that way).
06:00 Why ‘little’ things can tip them over the edge, and how to respond.
09:25 When their anxiety triggers ours – when we fight with them instead of for them – why, and what to do.
10:50 The good news about self-regulation.
16:05 How to manage transitions.
18:10 Squabbling with your teen? This might help.
18:50 The opportunities that sit inside anxiety/anger/big feelings.
20:04 Adolescents, big feelings, regulation – what they need from us.
22:50 When big anxiety looks like big fight.
24:54 How it helps to ‘meet the energy with similar energy, but not similar anger’.
29:10 How mindfulness supports a long term strengthening of the brain against anxiety.
32:00 Dealing with other stressors on top of social isolation.
33:35 How to expand the capacity to cope with anxiety and stress.
35:15 When kids won’t talk about it.
35:25 Why some kids might be regressing at the moment (clinginess, asking for help when they haven’t needed it before).
40:00 Routines – how they help (and it’s okay if some slip).
42:17 Why does my teen hear me as ‘angry’ when I’m not?
46:37 How do we role model strength and calm when we’re feeling anxious ourselves?
49:50 Sleep – strategies to help with peaceful pillow time.
1:03:02 ‘Only children’ in social isolation.
1:05:31 Dealing with sibling squabbles
1:08:28 Social media and screen time.
An informative article outlining some approaches parents can use to help their children deal with their worries and anxieties.
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Sean shares some of the questions that parents have been asking with David Coleman. They discuss worries or anxieties an 8 year old has developed since the schools have closed; an 8 year old having trouble sleeping on her own; a two and half year old who is having difficulty coping with being apart from grandparents; a 5 year old who's behaviour has changed over the past few weeks and more.
Please see below and attached our Online Triple P Seminars for the months of April and May 2020.
We are hosting the Seminars via Zoom.
All Triple P workshops are Free, however registration is essential.
Parents that are interested in registering and would like more information regarding logging into zoom can contact via email - email@example.com or text Linda on 0871432889
Advice for Managing Anxiety During Covid-19 from our Play Therapist, Amy Fogarty
Play Therapist, Amy Fogarty, spoke to Donie Tarrant on Near FM to give advice to parents on how to manage children’s anxiety during the Covid-19 pandemic. Amy discusses self care, how to keep our kids safe, how to talk to them about Covid-19, identifying feelings and empowering them.
She also explains the power of play for understanding children, reassuring them and allowing them to process what is happening.
Have a listen to interview here:
This is a wonderful page to follow. Filled with ideas, advice and reassurance for all the parents who are doing their very best for their children during this tough time.
Follow on Facebook: @CTCIreland
Follow on Instagram: ctc_childrenstherapycentre
Siobhán From CTC posts up Instagram stories daily with fun ideas on how to organise play at home, how to help children regulate their emotions and lots more. Definitely worth checking out!
Kid's Play Advice for Parents
Let’s Play Ireland is a government-led initiative aimed at promoting play for all children living in Ireland during the COVID-19 emergency.
Parents Centre contains information for parents and provides links to a wide range of trusted and high quality online resources including learning, parenting and information on supports for parents. It is easy to navigate and will help parents access the information and support they need quickly. It will be updated as new resources and information for parents are developed.
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Yesterday's Irish Times had this article:
Written by Marie O'Halloran
"The effects of the Covid-19 restrictions on children, domestic finances and difficulties living in a confined space are among the main concerns of callers to Accord counselling support phone lines.
A “pressure cooker” environment is also leading to family tensions and callers also highlight mental health problems, inability to grieve properly when a loved one dies, and the pressure of work and study at home as major issues.
Callers highlighted pressure on students from changes in exam timetables, and the challenges of having a home turned into an office and school as well as the stress around lack of security of employment and clashes with family members because of poor communications.
The Accord phone line services (01) 531 3331, (01) 905 9555 and in Northern Ireland (028) 9568 0151 are open from 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday.
Counsellors noted regret at being unable to grieve properly for a loved one who has died because of the severe restrictions on funerals, and callers spoke of the constant negative news reporting and the frustration of not being able to socialise outside."
The Women's Aid 24hr National Freephone Helpline offers confidential information, support and understanding to women in the Republic of Ireland and also supports family members, friends, and professionals who have concerns about a person, they know or are working with, who might be experiencing domestic violence and abuse.
The Helpline provides support to callers where English is not their first language, through our Language Line facility (operational daily, 8am-8pm) and for women who are deaf or hard of hearing through it’s Text Service facility (operational daily, 8am-8pm).
The health & well being of our participants, our colleagues and our community are our top priority. Due to the coronavirus / COVID-19, our offices in Darndale are currently closed to the public.
The PFL team are still working and are available to support you with questions on parenting and managing in the current situation.
You can reach us by phone at (01) 877-1509 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The team are posting daily updates with ideas on keeping little ones happy during the break from school and creche – check it out on our facebook site: facebook
(If you’re not on facebook, email us at email@example.com and we can send you the material)
Please see the links below for helpful resources.
A beautiful reminder about what it is that children really need, and what they remember the most!
I came across this poem while reading an article. We are going through a very difficult time and parents are under a lot of pressure every day. Go easy on yourself - you are doing the best you can!
Here is the article: https://www.herfamily.ie/parenting/ill-remember-beautiful-reminder-little-children-really-need-359779
Aoibhneas Domestic Abuse Support
24 hour helpline
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Click here: http://www.beaumont.ie/marc
Relaxation and mindfulness training are helpful for managing stress as well as helping people cope with physical illness and ongoing medical treatment.
All of the exercises are recorded by people working in Beaumont Hospital with the goal of helping you feel better.
You can listen in to the exercises on the website, or download them for your personal use.
Further Reading, Research, and References
Getting Through COVID-19 Together
The spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a new and challenging event.
Everyone's lives and daily routines are affected by the measures that have been introduced to disrupt the spread of the virus, and keep us all safe.
It's normal to be worried or to feel stressed during this difficult time, but there are many things we can do to help us mind our mental health and wellbeing.
Here you will find lots of advice and tips on how you can look after your mental wellbeing and cope with your new daily routine.
Some people might find this time more worrying than others and may need some extra support on the phone or online.
Whatever you are going through in isolation, let's stay connected and make it through, together.
Follow this link to find out more about:
Mental Health Supports and Services - Online counselling and phone or text support
The spread of coronavirus is a new and challenging event. Some people might find it more worrying than others and may need some extra support.
There are many things you can do to mind your mental health during times like this. Read more about minding your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.
While it may not be possible to get face to face appointments there are a number of service providers that offer online and phone mental health supports and services. These include online counselling, phone and text services as well as online supports which can be found on www.yourmentalhealth.ie.
COVID-19 WELLBEING AND SUPPORT RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE (UPDATED APRIL 2020)
Dublin City North, City South, Fingal, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown and South Dublin CYPSC have collaborated to build on the first digital resource document with some information and supports, accurate as of April 14th 2020. The document includes links and resources to reassure children, young people and families that there is support and information available throughout this period of change.
Follow this link: https://www.cypsc.ie/dublin-city-north/resources.283.html