As part of the Laois CONNECTS annual mental health awareness week Portlaoise FRC is hosting the following events:

Monday October 8th
2pm – 5pm

Adverse Childhood Experiences & Resilience – #ACEs Workshop

Connected for Life are a Belfast based organisation that provides training on Attachment, Resilience, Trauma Informed Practice and Adversity in relation to children & teenagers. This half day workshop will:

  • Introduce the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study
  • Outline the mechanisms by which ACEs lead to poor health and social outcomes –
  • Toxic stress and its impact on the brain, body, attachment, core beliefs and self-regulation
  • Explore the concept of resilience
  • Use case studies and practice examples to consider ACEs / resilience in practice

*Please book in advance as places are limited

Tuesday October 9th
2pm – 4pm

Understanding Self Harm

This workshop will be delivered by Josephine Rigney, HSE Suicide Resource Officer, and will provide information on identifying and supporting those who may be engaging in self-harm behaviour.

  • Learn about the reasons why people may self-harm
  • Those who may be most at risk
  • The motivations and functions behind self-harm behaviour
  • The services that are available to assist and help

Wednesday October 10th
11:30am – 12:30pm

Positive Mental Health for Young Children

Louise Shanagher is a children’s therapist, mindfulness teacher and Psychology Lecturer. She provides creative and wellbeing workshops, mindfulness classes as well as individual therapy sessions. She is the author of three books: The “Mindfully Me” series, Ireland’s first series of mindfulness books for children.

  • This talk will introduce parents, teachers and anyone working with children to fun, creative and child friendly methods of promoting children’s positive mental health and wellbeing from an early age.

*Please book in advance as places are limited

Thursday October 11th
9:30am – 11:30am

The Little Things you can do for your wellbeing

This session will be delivered by Anthony O’ Prey, HSE Health Promotion Officer, and will focus on how we all experience difficult times in our lives, and that when we do, there are some simple, evidence-based little things that can make a big difference to how we feel.

  • These #littlethings can help us to cope but there are also supports and services we can use if we need to.

* Continental breakfast available for all participants