Waiting lists for booked-out talks on teen anxiety and self harm in Laois and Offaly

Lynda Kiernan


Lynda Kiernan



Laois Education Centre

Upcoming talks for parents on the subject of teenage anxiety and self-harming are booked out in Laois and Offaly.

The free two hour seminars were organised by Laois Education Centre, to help parents, teachers and SNAs to understand and support teenagers experiencing mental health problems.

There are waiting lists of ten to fifteen names for each evening event.

Understanding Self-Harm Seminar for Parents is taking place at the Central Hotel Tullamore on Wednesday January 31. It is facilitated by Josephine Rigney who is the Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention for Laois and Offaly.

The second talk is called Tips on how to address Anxiety and Sleepless Nights in Adolescents, to be presented by Carol Delaney and Máiréad Kerwin from Laois Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), at Laois Education Centre in Portlaoise on Monday February 5.

Jim Enright is director of Laois Education Centre.

"There is a huge demand for support in the above areas and we are mindful of this when devising our programme," he told the Leinster Express.

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"As part of the general provision we offer to the Educational Community in our region which spans Laois, Offaly and North Tipperary, we are delighted to be in a position to offer support in the area of anxiety to parents, SNAs and teachers," Mr Enright said. 

The talks are a continuation of their ‘Wellbeing’ programme, with support already offered in the areas of Self-Care and Resilience, Mental Health Awareness Initiative, Mind Your Mental Health, Self-Harm and SafeTALK suicide alertness. 

See more on Laois Education Centre here.