How to raise emotionally healthy children

Paul Gilligan, CEO, St Patrick's Dublin.
Paul Gilligan, CEO of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services will deliver a free public talk as part of Laois Connects week in the Orchard Hotel, Portarlington in partnership with Portarlington MHA and Laois Sports Partnership on October 6th at 7:30pm

Paul Gilligan, CEO of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services will deliver a free public talk as part of Laois Connects week in the Orchard Hotel, Portarlington in partnership with Portarlington MHA and Laois Sports Partnership on October 6th at 7:30pm

This talk will provide information and advice that enable parents, teachers, and childcare providers to interact with children in emotionally healthy ways.

Paul Gilligan trained as a Clinical Psychologist through Trinity College Dublin. Currently working as Chief Executive of St. Patrick’s Hospital, he is a former Vice- Chairman of the National Children’s Advisory Council and former President of the Psychological Society of Ireland. Before taking up his current post, he was Chief Executive of the ISPCC.

Paul Gilligan says. “Being Mentally Healthy is a very important component of our children’s welfares. There are a number of mental health difficulties that can arise for children and understanding them can be challenging.”

Paul continued, “We need to educate our young people on the importance of mental health awareness, introduce a culture of understanding, and teach young people to build emotional intelligence and resilience. I’m delighted to be a part of Laois Connects week. ”

Caroline Myers Co-ordinator Laois Sports Partnership said “ a key message within our services is to promote the value of exercise as an important dimension of good health and well being which can build up a young person self esteem and confidence and resilience. We are looking forward to Paul’s presentation”

Finola Colgan Development Officer Mental Health Ireland (www.mentalhealthireland.ie) also stated that without doubt and understandably there are a lot of genuine concerns around young people. Statistically it is well established that one in five young people between the ages of 15 and 25 experience a mental health problem. The impact of stress, depression, self –harms, bullying low self-esteem anxiety and eating disorders to name a few are challenges not alone impacting on young people and their mental health but communities in general.

“However the impact of many of these mental health set backs can with the correct focus be minimised through education and awareness which is the key focus of Paul’s talk.”

Talk will be followed by Q&A. Booking not required. Everyone welcome. This event is free of charge.

For more information contact Laois Sports Partnership on 057 8671248. www.mentalhealthireland.ie.

This event is supported by Laois Sports Partnership, Portarlington Mental Health Association and Laois Sport Partnership.

“We need to educate our young people on the importance of mental health awareness, introduce a culture of understanding, and teach young people to build emotional intelligence and resilience. I’m delighted to be a part of Laois Connects week. ”

We need to educate our young people on the importance of mental health awareness, introduce a culture of understanding, and teach young people to build emotional intelligence and resilience.