Laois Connects Teenage wellbeing - a right or aspiration

Laois Connects Teenage wellbeing - a right or aspiration

The Kathleen Gorman Talk is one of the centrepiece events of Laois Connects and this year its focus will be on teenage welleing.

“Teenage Emotional Wellbeing; a right or an aspiration” is the name of the talk by guest speaker Paul Gilligan, CEO St, Patrick’s Mental Health Services on Wednesday, October 12 at 7.30pm in Heywood Community School, Ballinakill.

Often people think that the teenage years are a difficult time, and that all teenagers have bad moods and behave in challenging ways.

These few years are a time of significant social and emotional change. The young teenager is growing up and learning about becoming an independent young adult.

This journey is a unique experience. During this phase of growth and development, teenagers can be influenced more by friends, communicate in different ways, via the internet, mobile phones and social media.

There are many challenges along the way both for the teenager, family and friends. Many of these changes are positive as the teenager seeks more independence and responsibility both at home and school, looking for new experiences some of which may involve risk taking.

So, is ‘Teenage Emotional Wellbeing: a right or an aspiration?”

Apart from being Chief Executive of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services Paul Gilligan is also a Clinical Psychologist.

He is an internationally recognised children’s rights and child protection advocate and provides consultancy services to a number of child protection organisations in Ireland and Europe.

He is former Vice-Chairman of the National Children’s Advisory Council and the Children’s Rights Alliance. He is also former President of the Psychological Society of Ireland. Before taking up his current post with St. Patrick’s, he was Chief Executive of the Irish Society of the Prevention of Cruetly to Children.

Paul is the author of “Keeping Your Child Safe” and “Raising Emotionally Healthy Children” and is a regular contributor to T.V., radio and print media.

This presentation is suitable for parents, grandparents, teenagers and young adults.

Partnership Evening is organised by Laois Sports Partnership, and the Parents Association Heywood Community School and Mental Health Ireland.

Further Information: Finola Colgan Mental Health Ireland

E finola@mentalhealthireland.ie Tel: 086 835 3387 or Caroline Myers Laois Sports Partnership Tel 057 8671248.

The talk is named after Kathleen Gorman who was a very popular and well known Laois woman. Kathleen passed away in 2014. She held held many positions in Laois ICA and was the ICA's National Secretary. She also worked at St Fintans Hospital.