Gerry Hussey: ‘I work with athletes on all the human things that impact their performance such as stress, anxiety, depression, self-doubt, relationship breakdown, sickness, injury and bereavement.’ Photograph: Daragh Sheridan

When I left a steady pensionable full-time job seven years ago to set up my own high-performance psychology consultancy, people told me I was crazy(...)

The Little Vista app gives parents updates about food intake, allergies, medicine given, temperatures, any sickness and other relevant markers.

The latest developments in technology are being harnessed to rebuild the trust that had broken down between parents and childcare professionals fol(...)

Cliodhna Ní Laoghaire, who trains guide dogs at the headquarters and training centre of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind on the Model Farm Road in Cork, with guide dogs in training, Nico and Kili. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

As a guide dog mobility instructor with the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, my job involves training guide dogs, matching them to clients on our waiti(...)

Aoife Weller, who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, near her home in Mullingar. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Many people do not disclose chronic medical conditions and hidden disabilities to employers for fear they will be labelled, treated differently or (...)

Louise Kelly: “The nurses and other patients on the ward were surprised at how young I was.” Photograph: Paul Sharp/Sharppix

I was only 16 when I had my first varicose vein surgery. It’s unusual to have varicose veins so young, but both my mom and my grandmother on my dad(...)

Louise Kelly: ‘The nurses and other patients on the ward were surprised at how young I was.’Photograph: Paul Sharp/Sharppix

I was only 16 when I had my first varicose vein surgery. It’s unusual to have varicose veins so young, but both my mom and my grandmother on my dad’s (...)

Neonatal nurse Margaret O’Driscoll  at work in  Cork University Maternity Hospital. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

When I started out in the neonatal unit at the Erinville maternity hospital in Cork almost 35 years ago, I was petrified. Unlike adults, babies were n(...)

The effect of a benzodiazepine is calming without too much sedation, although they usually cause tiredness. The drug works by increasing the power of the brain’s natural calmer, the neurotransmitter GABA. Photograph: Stockbyte

“Kids are different today, I hear ev’ry mother say Mother needs something today to calm her down And though she’s not really ill, there’s a little y(...)

Eileen Forrestal, who works as an anaesthetist in Sligo Regional Hospital and also produces the Get Up And Go Diary. Photograph: James Connolly

Sleeping, waking I often say that in my “day job” as an anaesthetist, I put people to sleep, and in my other job, with Get Up and Go Publications, I (...)

 Majella Doherty with her son, Matthew, who was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome last December.

My husband, John, and I were away for the weekend last December when we got the message that our 16-year-old son, Matthew, was very unwell in hospital(...)