#HoldFirm – together we are beating Coronavirus

We all have incredible gratitude and admiration for the work frontline and essential workers have done during this time of Covid 19. The best way we can say “thank you” to them is to #HoldFirm. That means living within the restrictions – social distancing, only travelling when we have to, only meeting up with small groups outside and at distance, washing hands frequently, wearing face covering in busy places. Yes it is tough, we miss people, places and the things we used to do but together we are beating Coronavirus. So let’s #HoldFirm.

Here is a message from the HSE

Take care

We want to acknowledge the public’s monumental efforts to keep our frontline and essential workers safe by staying home. Using the poem as inspiration, our frontline staff have joined together to give new meaning to President Higgins’ inspirational words.

Thank you to all of our frontline staff who volunteered to be a part of this campaign. The HSE healthcare staff in the video are:

  1. Mary Walshe, Site Manager, City West,
  2. Cornelius Dhivakar, Senior Occupational Therapist in Acute Stroke
  3. Doctor Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer
  4. Marie Nicholas, Senior Speech Language Therapist
  5. Paul Reid, HSE CEO
  6. Dr. Bairbre McNicholas, Consultant Intensivist
  7. Louise Staunton, Occupational Therapist
  8. Sarah Kavanagh, Paramedic Undergraduate Intern
  9. Cathy Barrett, Infection Control ADON
  10. Margaret O’Leary, Health Care Support Assistant
  11. Gillian Collins, Occupational Therapist in General Medicine
  12. Mary Majella O’Dowd, Senior Occupational Therapist
  13. Aoife Lyons, Clinical Nurse Manager 2, Ophthalmology Services
  14. John Fitzsimons, Consultant General Paediatrician
  15. Mabel Murtagh, Public Health Nurse

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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. 

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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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