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Tag Archives: "Health and well being"

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

14 May, 2020

Everybody worries – a picture book for children who are worried about Coronavirus

Here is a lovely book for children who may feel they are the only ones who are worried. You can download the book here  https://en.calameo.com/read/000777721945cfe5bb9cc?authid=Xu9pcOzU3TQx Remember if you have concerns that your children are not coping you can arrange to talk to a Family Support Worker by phoning the Donegal Parent Support line on FREEPHONE […]

14 May, 2020

Some new and expectant mothers finding the Covid-19 crisis ‘very challenging’

This article from the journal.ie website https://www.thejournal.ie/ looks at how new and expectant mothers may find themselves struggling with mental health issues in the current pandemic situation. Remember if you are struggling with any issues you can contact Donegal Parent Support line on FREEPHONE 1800 112277. You can also click the link to download Aware NI […]

13 May, 2020

How families can cope with pandemic stress

Here is an interesting article from the University of Alberta in Canada How families can cope with pandemic stress We can’t control our negative thoughts and feelings, but we can choose how we respond to them, says U of A expert. Acknowledging feelings, being empathetic with each other and being honest with children are key […]

11 May, 2020

How to build a happy baby

Here’s another very interesting piece from Dr Malie Coyne from NUI Galway. It was posted a while back on the RTÉ website but it remains very relevant today. How to build a happy baby Updated / Monday, 19 Aug 2019 13:15 “Positive infant mental health is synonymous with a child’s ability to form secure relationships” By Dr […]

11 May, 2020

Making the most of family time

Families are probably spending more time together during this pandemic than we ever have before. How do we make the best of that time together and build positive memories for ourselves and for our children? Chloe McGinty who is a Family Support Worker with Springboard Family Support Project offers some ideas in the booklet ‘Parenting […]

6 May, 2020

Today is World Maternal Mental Health Awareness Day

Do you know that as many as 1 in 5 women have mental health problems in pregnancy or after birth. It can happen to anyone. Depression and anxiety are the most common mental health problems in pregnancy. These affect about 10 to 15 out of every 100 pregnant women. Just like at other times in […]