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Resuming September 2019
St Brigids Family & Community Centre are currently recruiting participants for the Rainbows Programme.
Rainbows is a peer support programme for children following a significant loss in their lives from bereavement or loss through parental separation and divorce.
This programme is suitable for children aged 7-12 years.
An information evening for parents will be held in the coming weeks.
If you would like your child to attend please phone Carmel on 051-375261.
Video Information on CAMHS – HSE in partnership with SpunOut
The HSE has launched a suite of videos that will help provide clarity on the Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) services in Ireland. Produced in partnership with national youth organisation – SpunOut, a total of 16 videos were created including an animated video designed to give a clear overview of Who’s Who in a CAMHS Team. The other videos were put together with people working within the CAMHS services to give introductory information on how it fits within wider mental health services, information on waiting lists and the routes and pathways for referrals.
CAMHS is a specialist service for people under 18 with mental health difficulties that affect their thoughts, feelings and behaviours every day. Some conditions treated in CAMHS include moderate to severe depression, anxiety, eating disorders and self-harm. For young people using the service the videos also explain more about attendance at CAMHS, and what happens when you leave.
Speaking at the launch HSE Assistant National Director of Mental Health Operations Jim Ryan said “ We know that accessing any Mental Health services can be daunting for both young people and their parents or guardians. While CAMHS is a specialised service for a small percentage of the population we wanted to provide clarity on what young people can expect if and when they use the service. Youth Mental Health is very much a priority for the HSE and this is one of a few initiatives we are working on this year in line with recommendations from the Youth Mental Health Task Force.”
MC at the launch of the videos in the Lighthouse Cinema, Executive Director for SpunOut, Ian Power said “ We were delighted to partner with the HSE to produce these videos. We know it can be confusing for young people around the different Mental Health services available and how to go about accessing the right ones. Producing these videos with people that actually work directly in CAMHS means we were able to provide answers to the real questions that young people have. And having the videos viewed by young people currently using the CAMHS services, during the process, was invaluable in making sure the information we were providing was clear and to the point.”
The videos can be found on a dedicated information page on
‘Talking to Your Young Child about Relationships, Sexuality and Growing Up’
HSE launches new resource
Research finds that parents are asking for support with how to communicate with younger children about relationships, sexuality and growing up
This resource has been developed in response to research with parents of young children, which finds that they want additional support to help them to have more open conversations with their children about relationships, sexuality and growing up from a young age. This resource will support parents to talk to their younger children about relationships and sexuality in a gradual, age-appropriate way.
The HSE Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme (SHCPP) has launched a new resource for parents,
The HSE SHCPP has also released the research report that informed the development of this resource
The resource ‘Talking to Your Young Child about Relationships, Sexuality and Growing Up’ is available to order from www.healthpromotion.ie. It consists of two booklets; a parents’ guide, ‘Talking to Your Young Child about Relationships, Sexuality and Growing up’ and a story booklet, ‘Tom’s Power Flower, a gentle explanation of how babies are made’.
The research report ‘Supporting Parents Communicating with Children Aged 4–9 Years about Relationships, Sexuality and Growing Up’ and associated research summary are also available to order from healthpromotion.ie and for download from sexualwellbeing.ie.
- A list of helpful resources and training courses is available at sexualwellbeing.ie
- A key recommendation in the National Sexual Health Strategy 2015 – 2020 is the need to develop and promote accessible and appropriate information, resources and supports for parents to enable them to communicate effectively about relationships and sexuality.
Our Public Libraries 2022 – Inspiring, Connecting and Empowering Communities
Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring, TD launched the new 5 year Strategy for public libraries Our Public Libraries 2022 – Inspiring, Connecting and Empowering Communities on Thursday, 14 June 2018.
While Public libraries remain very popular and valued among local communities, just 16% of the population are active library members.
There is clear potential to encourage significantly greater use of libraries and bring membership levels closer to those in other similar EU countries. The overall aim of the Strategy is to increase active membership from 16% of the population to 30% by end-2022.
If you and your family members would like to join this wonderful free service just click on the following link https://lgma.iii.com/selfreg
Libraries Development Unit
Contact: Senior Child and Family Support Network Co-ordinator
Mob: 086 0224552
Kerina Foran: email@example.com