A round-up of parenting programmes!

There are lots of great parenting programmes starting in Donegal over the coming weeks.

Parents Plus Early Years for parents of children aged 1 – 5 runs for 6 weeks
  • Tuesday 3rd Oct 10am to 12 noon in the Community Hospital Dungloe Phone 074 9733111 to book a place
  • Wednesday 4th October 10am to 12.30pm in Springboard Raphoe Phone 074 9173918 to book. This is being run in cooperation with Raphoe Family Resource Centre
  • Wednesday 18th October 10am to 12 noon in Greencastle Community Centre Phone 0871736667 or 074 9381054 to book
 
Parenting the Strong-willed Child for parents of children aged 2 – 6 runs for 6 weeks
  • Monday 23rd Oct 9.45am to 12 noon in the St Johnston & Carrigans Resource Centre Phone 074 9148551
 
Parents Plus Children’s programme for parents of children aged 6 – 11 runs for 6 weeks
  • Friday 6th Oct 10am to 12 noon in The Pastoral Centre, Letterkenny. Phone 087 1736667 to book.
 
Parents Plus Adolescent programme for parents of children aged 11 – 17 runs for 6 weeks
  • Wednesday 18th Oct in The Niall Mór Killybegs, phone Tír Boghaine on 074 9733111 for further details
Parenting When Separated
  • Tuesday 3rd October in ParentStop Letterkenny, morning session 10.30 – 12.30, evening session 7.00-9.00pm. Phone 0749177249 or 086 8863674 for details.
We also hope to have the Spirals Programme for parents of babies aged 0-3 running in Quigley’s Point and in Letterkenny from the end of November and a Parents Plus Children’s programme running in Ionad Naomh Pádraig from early November. Phone 087 1736667 for further details and also keep an eye on the Parent Hub Donegal website and Facebook page.

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Infant Mental Health Awareness Week runs from June 13th-19th.           

This week provides an opportunity to focus attention on the wellbeing, social and emotional development of our babies and young children. It highlights the importance of early relationships and a relationship based approach to interventions with infants and families. As our understanding of IMH and its evidence base develops, so also does our knowledge of how to apply this knowledge and an ‘IMH lens’ to interactions with infants, parents and caregivers in health and social services. 

What is infant mental health?

Infant Mental health (IMH) refers to the healthy social and emotional development of Infants starting at conception up to three years of age.

The first 1000 days of life are recognised as a critical period of opportunity to support infant mental health. Decades of research have shown that it is the quality of the early caregiver relationship that is a significant determinant of the infant’s healthy social and emotional development and in turn physical health, right up to adulthood.

 

The National Healthy Childhood Programme has embedded IMH as the foundation of the development of its resources and in the approach of the delivery of the universal child health service. This embedding of key messages can be seen in the My Child suite of books (www.mychild.ie/books) and also on www.MyChild.ie  where key messages around bonding and relationship building have been embedded for the parent/caregiver.

 

In clinical practice the topic of IMH has been included for the first time in the National Standardised Child Health Record. To build on this, the National Healthy Childhood Programme have just completed a suite of three eLearning units which are now available on HSEland for healthcare practitioners / caregivers who are working with children and families.  

 

Throughout the week you will see videos and key IMH messaging being promoted on the HSE MyChild social media pages ( Facebook / Instagram ). Keep an eye out in the National Newspapers for articles from our experts also. (IrishTimes article)  

 

In addition The National Healthy Childhood Programme have developed a series of ten practical videos with HSE expert advice which are now available on YouTube and on the relevant pages on the www.mychild.ie website.

These videos (2-3 minutes each) are aimed at parents/guardians of children (0 – 3 years).

These new video resources are available here while lots more expert advice for every step of pregnancy, baby and toddler health can also be found at www.mychild.ie

There are a suite of posters available focusing on the promotion of IMH messaging to order from healthy.childhood@hse.ie

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