Further Resources: Supporting Children’s Mental Health during the Covid crisis

Parenting courses
The Parents Plus programmes are practical, evidence-based courses for parents. They run throughout the Ireland and internationally through services for children and families, such as as Family Resource CentresPrimary Care TeamsDisability TeamsChild and Adolescent Mental Health Services, CAMHSCounty Childcare Committees and Children and Young Peoples Service Committees and in regional organisations such as SPECS Bray Family Support ProjectClarecare in Co ClareLove Parenting in Co LimerickParenting MonaghanDonegal Parenting Hub. Many services are currently offering the courses online.

Upcoming courses, April 2021
If you currently wish to attend a Parents Plus course, there are four different courses being run via Parentline in April 2021 which all have an open referral:

– Parents Plus Early Years course for parents of 1-6 year olds
– Parents Plus Children’s course for parents of 6-11 year olds
– Parents Plus Adolescents course for parents of 11-16 year olds
– Parents Plus Parenting When Separated course for parents who are preparing for, going through or have gone through a separation or divorce

The courses are run over 6 weekly evening sessions and are delivered by a professionally qualified facilitator. Further information and bookings are available on the Parentline website at: www.parentline.ie/courses

Articles and Books
A large archive of my articles and Q&As which cover topics such as anxiety, managing difficult behaviour, mental health, family relationships etc is available on my own website here.
Further information on bringing up children is available in my books which are available to buy online or bookshops or to borrow from libraries.

If you have a parenting question:
If you would like me to answer your parenting question anonymously through my column in The Irish Times, please email me.

Resources from tonight’s talk
1: Chat responses
During the talk, I asked parents “What are the things you have done to get through the days in lockdown, that help establish enjoyable, learning opportunities and connections with your 2-12 year old children?”
Click here to view the almost 400 responses

2: Slides and Posters
You can download the slides and posters from the talk by clicking on the four images below.