Barnardos is hosting a conference on 19th June 2014 in Croke Park, Dublin 3 examining the issue of mental health specifically in relation to parents to try and identify ways in which approaches and supports can be improved, leading to better outcomes for parents and their children.
Attendance is free but advance registration is necessary to secure your place!
Barnardos has more than 40 services across the country and in recent years staff have witnessed increasing incidences of poor mental health among parents. Parents’ experience of unemployment and subsequent ongoing financial stress, poor housing conditions, inadequate public services for themselves or their children is contributing to and exacerbating their level of mental health difficulties.
Worryingly, when a parent experiences a mental health difficulty and they are not adequately supported or receiving inappropriate treatment, their children can be adversely affected. This can result in children’s social and emotional development and their educational attainment being adversely affected.
This finding prompted Barnardos to examine the issue of mental health specifically in relation to parents to try and identify ways in which approaches and supports can be improved, leading to better outcomes for parents and their children.
Patients. Parents. People. will hear from a variety of speakers with the aim of encouraging discussion on the issue and identifying improved approaches that take into consideration the whole family in supporting parents’ recovery. Barnardos will also be launching a report on the issue on the day.
When: 9am-4.30pm, Thursday 19th June 2014
Where: Croke Park, Dublin 3
Speakers: Minister of State with responsibility for Mental Health, Kathleen Lynch TD, will open the conference.
Keynote speakers include Dr Agnes Higgins, Director of Nursing TCD; Mary Donaghy, Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety, Northern Ireland and we will also hear from parents and a former child carer.