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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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