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Month: May 2020

28 May, 2020

Coronavirus – what public health measures are in place right now?

Where are we at with the Coronavirus? Is social distancing still so important? Can we meet up? We all have a lot of questions about the Coronavirus restrictions so here is some information from the Gov.ie website  https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/c36c85-covid-19-coronavirus/ explaining why it is so important that we keep up social distancing and hygiene habits and why […]

28 May, 2020

Dealing with fake health information during the coronavirus pandemic

We are all aware that not everything you read on social media can be trusted. Even when it comes to Coronavirus there are people who are spreading false information and we need to be careful what we believe. Below is a good article from the HSE on this. You can access this article and more […]

27 May, 2020

Coping with grief in the time of Covid 19 – tips from Jigsaw

The Jigsaw website provides great well being and mental health support for young people and for their families. Sadly, some families are dealing with grief at the moment – because of Covid 19 or other causes –  and it can cause added stress when we can’t come together to support each other as we would […]

27 May, 2020

Teenagers, socialising and social distancing

Do you have teenagers who are keen to meet up with friends but worry that their friends may ignore social distancing advice? Linda, a Clinician with Jigsaw has some advice for Kayla, a young teenager who finds herself in that position. Ask Jigsaw: Friends not social distancing I met up with my friends today and it […]

25 May, 2020

Helping Leaving Cert students to understand the Calculated Grades process

The Coronavirus pandemic has made things particularly difficult for this year’s Leaving Certificate students. There was a lot of uncertainty about what would happen. Now that a decision has been made that students will receive Calculated Grades many students and their parents probably still have a lot of questions. Here is some information from the […]

21 May, 2020

Fun relaxation games for families

There may be a lot of stress around at the moment – for parents and for children. Here Josephine Meehan from Springboard Family Support Project shares some fun relaxation games for families which can help us to unwind. This article is part of the “Parenting through Covid 19 – helpful hints to keep home life […]

21 May, 2020

Minding your mental health during the Coronavirus pandemic

It is perfectly normal to be finding life stressful at the moment. We are living in extraordinary times and so it is really important to look after ourselves. Here are some good tips from the HSE website  https://www2.hse.ie/wellbeing/mental-health/covid-19/minding-your-mental-health-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak.html about minding our mental health. Minding your mental health during the coronavirus pandemic Infectious disease pandemics like […]

19 May, 2020

Happy families: Parent tips for managing child behaviour at home

In this excellent article Sue Cowley, Early Years Educator, gives some expert tips on minimising stress while at home. The article is reproduced below or you can download the original article here https://famly.co/blog/covid-19/sue-cowley-managing-behaviour-at-home/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=UKIE%3A+ES+Content&utm_content=ES-V105-Home-Behaviour-1080×1080&utm_term=E119-Home-Behaviour In the current situation, most families will be spending more time together than normal. Many parents will also be trying to work […]

18 May, 2020

Parenting and the importance of liking your adolescent

This interesting article from Psychology Today looks at the complicated relationship between parents and teenagers Many parents value the importance of love but underestimate the power of liking. Source: Carl Pickhardt Ph.D. “Adolescence is the time when you and your child still love each other as always, but often don’t like each other as much.” So […]

18 May, 2020

Five steps to strengthening your immune system

One of the things we can do to help ourselves at the moment is to strengthen our immune system. In the article below Dr Mercey Livingston explores what the immune system is and how it works and suggests five ways in which we can strengthen our immune system. Nutrition – avoiding junk food and eating […]