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Teenage mental health: Free seminar for parents in Laois

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Parents in Laois who want to learn how to help their teenage children through issues such as anxiety and self-harm can avail of free expert advice next month.

The free workshop is being held for parents, teachers and special needs assistants in the Laois Education Centre on the Block road on Monday, February 5 from 7pm to 9pm.

‘Tips on How to Address Anxiety and Sleepless Nights in Adolescents’, will be presented by Carol Delaney and Máiréad Kerwin from Laois Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

The evening will end with a question and answer session.

Understanding self-harm seminar

‘Understanding Self-Harm Seminar for Parents’ is a two-hour seminar that will be held at the Central Hotel Tullamore on Wednesday, January 31 from 7pm to 9pm.

The facilitator is Josephine Rigney who is the Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention for Laois and Offaly.

The seminar aims to help participants to consider the needs of people who self-harm and to gain knowledge of the following:

Definitions of self-harm and its relationship with suicide
Understanding of the prevalence of self-harm across different age groups and genders
The functions, motivations and meanings underlying self-harm
Awareness of the needs of people who self-harm and how to demonstrate improved sensitivity
Possible interventions and helpful responses in responding to people who self-harm
Information on the appropriate and relevant supports and services, locally and nationally.

To book a place on either of the seminars, phone Yvonne at Laois Education Centre on (057) 8672402.

Booking is essential and places are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

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