Festive Wellbeing Supports for You and Your Family

19-December-23
Festive wellbeing supports for you and your family

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While Christmas is an exciting time for most young people, for some, the festive season can also bring on or exacerbate feelings of stress, anxiety, sadness and pressure. Clinical psychologist and Chief Executive Officer of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services (SPMHS), Paul Gilligan, offers some mindful ways to support your child's wellbeing this festive season. Read Paul's tips for a mentally healthy Christmas here.Information around mental health support systems, ways to support your child's mental health and youth mental health are just some of the parenting resources available on our Parenting Tips and Resources YouTube playlist. Hear from clinical staff at SPMHS, the National Parents Council and people with personal experience of mental health and more, as we explore how we can support parents in sustaining their children's emotional wellbeing. If you have any book lovers, we've compiled some literary recommendations that might make some last minute stocking fillers for young people. Find out what books have made an impact on Transition Year students, staff from Willow Grove Adolescent Unit at SPMHS and WIMS staff. We also look at how the power of reading can positively impact our wellbeing and our lives. Get our book recommendations here.Films can offer a great way for young people to explore emotions. The animated movie Inside Out uses clever metaphors that can help children and young people tackle complex mental health topics to understand communication, the core concepts of our personalities and our minds. We take a look at psychological insights to be taken from the movie; read more about the key messages from Inside Out here.The festive season might mean children are out of their regular sleep routines as it can be difficult to stay in good sleep patterns over the Christmas break. Veronica O’Connell, Senior Occupational Therapist with Willow Grove Adolescent Unit, takes us through some tips and advice for helping your children to adjust and build better sleeping habits. See these sleep routine tips here.Newstigma survey findings from SPMHS reveal that the Irish public are more likely to treat friends and loved ones experiencing mental health difficulties with more compassion and understanding than they would themselves. We hope this encourages us all to practice some self-compassion over this holiday season. See the stigma survey findings here.We are busy planning our 2024 campaigns and events, including our annual #MindYourSelfie Day in the early new year, we hope you can get involved! Keep an eye on our website and social media for the official announcements.We hope you and yours have a relaxing and enjoyable festive season, and thank you for your continued support in 2023.

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