Vicky Kavanagh: ‘I went to work with a happy face but I was bottling up my emotions and not dealing with anything. I don’t know if I really wanted to end my life or just put it all on pause for a while.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Pastoral care: from primary right through to third level, it rumbles in the background of every educator’s mind. How can teachers support and help (...)

The number of young people contacting the national centre for youth mental health, Headstrong, grew by 27 per cent last year. Anxiety figured as the m(...)

Jordanne Jones in I Used to Live Here. Her remarkable presence helps hold the piece together

It involves little hyperbole to argue that Frank Berry is now among our most significant film-makers. Ballymun Lullaby, his documentary on music te(...)

Director Frank Berry with pupils (from left) Jordanne Jones, Ross Kelly, Warren Caulfield, Ross Geraghty and Nikita Rowley, all of whom appeared in the film I Used to Live Here at Killinarden Community School, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

It’s a special morning in Killinarden Community School in Tallaght, Co Dublin. The sun is shining on the mountains, the school uniforms are as neat(...)

St Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The weather stayed dry and, even more remarkably, so did some of the post-parade events on St Patrick’s Day in Dublin. Despite the risk inherent in th(...)

Pals: the story of four young recruits to the 7th Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers during the first World War

The National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks is showcasing a whole new way of teaching history. Pals is the story of four young recruits to t(...)

 Jolanta Burke, positive psychologist and PhD researcher at Trinity College Dublin, says that the kind of feedback you give a child is crucial.Photograph: Eric Luke

We all want our children to be happy and the temptation, in this era of “over-parenting”, is to rush in to try to fix their problems. A child down (...)

It is estimated that about 20 per cent of us become clinically depressed at some point in our lives. Whereas sadness and grief are focused entirely(...)

Founding director of Headstrong Dr Tony Bates: “If we don’t intervene now, as a country, and make our young people’s mental health a national priority we are just storing up and escalating entrenched mental-health issues for the future.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

One in 10 young people who used a service offered by youth mental health organisation Headstrong last year reported thoughts of suicide. Figures in (...)

Thich Nhat Hanh: Mindfulness can turn an open wound into a healing wound. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

This is the last day of my year of living mindfully. I came downstairs earlier, laid out my mat and cushion and took my seat. I was aware of the silen(...)