Laughter – it’s good for your health! So why not Make One Change and put more laughter in your life!

Sure, it’s fun to share a good laugh. But did you know it can actually improve your health? It’s true: laughter is strong medicine. It draws people together in ways that trigger healthy physical and emotional changes in the body. Laughter strengthens your immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress. As children, we used to laugh hundreds of times a day, but as adults life tends to be more serious and laughter more infrequent. By seeking out more opportunities for humor and laughter, though, you can improve your emotional health, strengthen your relationships, find greater happiness—and even add years to your life. Read more about the benefits of laughter https://www.helpguide.org/articles/mental-health/laughter-is-the-best-medicine.htm

Many of the families who have signed up to Make One Change 2018 have said they want more fun and laughter in their family life. That might be about playing silly games, getting out to do something fun at the weekend or just taking time to enjoy being together as a family. What will your Make One Change be?

Sign up by THIS FRIDAY 26th January to be in with a chance of winning some great prizes.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MakeOneChange2018

or download the form here A4 sign up form.pub or in Irish here Foirm iontrala

Who wouldn’t enjoy a day in Oakfield Park or Ionad Cois Locha in Dunlewey? Enjoy bowling or swimming or a family film in Letterkenny or Bundoran. Fill your picnic basket with good things from M&S or Lidl and head off to Ards Forest Park. Enjoy family adventure activities in Gartan Outdoor Centre or a night of posh camping in Portsalon Luxury Camping or the Wild Atlantic Camp in Creeslough. Lots more great prizes but remember if you aren’t in you can’t win – so sign up today!

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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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