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(...)

Michael’s been meditating for years. He’s one of a number of people I asked about the difference mindfulness has made to their lives.“I’m too sensitiv(...)

I slept through my 6am alarm. I’d been awake all night tossing around big questions in my head. Were there enough briquettes to make it through Christ(...)

Where has 2013 gone? Hasn’t the year flown in? Suddenly, it’s December. Shane MacGowan and Kirsty MacColl are singing to us at every shop corner about(...)

People often ask me how I’m faring with this daily practice of mindfulness. Am I happier? Am I managing my life better? Am I on top of my game?Mindful(...)

After any upheaval in our life, when we’re punch drunk from grief or worn out from relentless stresses in our lives, we need to stop. It’s hard to pau(...)

I hear myself asking “Are we there yet?” I am at Week 43 of this column. It’s October and I expected to be radiant by now. The truth is this year of l(...)