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12th October 2016 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Heywood Comm. School, Ballinakill
Laois Sports Partnership
057 867 1248

Wednesday 12th October, 7.30pm @ Heywood Community School
Kathleen Gorman Talk “Teenage Emotional Wellbeing; a right or an aspiration”
With Special Guest Paul Gilligan, CEO St, Patrick’s Mental Health Services
‘Teenage Emotional Wellbeing; a right or an aspiration?’

Often people think that the teenage years are a difficult time, and that all teenagers have bad moods and behave in challenging ways. These few years are a time of significant social and emotional change. The young teenager is growing up and learning about becoming an independent young adult. This journey is a unique experience. During this phase of growth and development, teenagers can be influenced more by friends, communicate in different ways, the internet, mobile phones and social media. There are many challenges along the way both for the teenager, family and friends. Many of these changes are positive as the teenager seeks more independence and responsibility both at home and school, looking for new experiences some of which may involve risk taking.
So, is ‘Teenage Emotional Wellbeing: a right or an aspiration?”
Our Guest Speaker for the Kathleen Gorman Memorial talk is Paul Gilligan. Clinical Psychologist and Chief Executive of St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services. He is internationally recognised children’s rights and child protection advocate and provides consultancy services to a number of child protection organisations in Ireland and Europe. He is former Vice-Chairman of the National Children’s Advisory Council and the Children’s Rights Alliance. He is also former President of the Psychological Society of Ireland. Before taking up his current post with St. Patrick’s, he was Chief Executive of the ISPCC. Paul is the author of “Keeping Your Child Safe” and “Raising Emotionally Healthy Children” and is a regular contributor to T.V., radio and print media.
This presentation is suitable for parents, grandparents, teenagers and young adults.
Partnership Evening organised by Laois Sports Partnership, and the Parents Association Heywood Community School and Mental Health Ireland
Further Information: Finola Colgan Mental Health Ireland finola@mentalhealthireland.ie 086 835 3387 or Caroline Myers Laois Sports Partnership (057) 8671248

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