Paul Gilligan

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Parenting advice: 13 things to tell your 13-year-old. Photograph: iStock

Thirteen essential things various professionals want parents to tell their children as they enter their teens. 1. Teenage years can be shite and bril(...)

 Trust is the key to communicating with 13-year-olds. Photograph: iStock

“They won’t listen,” we parents fume about teenagers, while they rant about how adults “don’t understand”. Both sides are right – and wrong. Adults d(...)

Will the Covid-19 pandemic help to reduce stigma around mental illness?

Interior designer Jude McCarthy says that her internalised stigma towards depression delayed her seeking the treatment she needed. Looking back now, s(...)

Social distancing is bewildering, unnatural and distressing for young children, and communicates the idea that other people are a threat and to be feared.

Life or death has been the chief focus of State and society as we froze for more than two months, watching and counting in sorrow Covid-19’s ravaging (...)

People with mental health problems often end up at A&E seeking help, but this is not an appropriate environment. That is like sending someone having a heart attack to run around in a gym. Photograph: iStock

Citizens are encouraged to talk and to seek help for mental health. When they do, they need to get it. Recently, a national 24-hour mental health phon(...)

Young smartphone users Ciara Fanning, Sean Carey, Caoilfhinn Ní Choiligh and Gearoid O’Donovan. Parenting coach Allen O’Donoghue says children’s phone use is a ‘massive issue’ among parents he works with. Photograph: Tom Honan

“They’re never off their phones.” This must be the most common gripe of the current generation of parents with teenagers. And when something goes wro(...)

Matas Martinaitis, Firhouse Community College; Caitlin Young, Institute of Education; Eric Ehigie, Moyne Community School; Caoilfhinn Ní Choiligh, Loreto College Mullingar; and Mark Seale, CBS Westland Row. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Download  2019 Leaving Cert results by grade and subject The wait is finally over for the tens of thousands of students who sat their Leaving Ce(...)

The report recommends the urgent establishment of a nationwide primary schools’ counselling service. Photograph: Istock

Significant numbers of primary school children as young as four are presenting with serious mental health difficulties such as anxiety, depression and(...)

Some studies suggest that as many as four out of five people under 25 who die by suicide have self-harmed. Photograph: iStock

Looking in from outside, it’s hard to understand why anybody would choose to deliberately cause physical injury to their own body. And it’s even hard(...)

File image of Bill Cullen and Jackie Lavin leaving the Four Courts in Dublin. File photograph: Collins Courts

Jackie Lavin’s High Court action against her partner Bill Cullen and one of his companies over an alleged failure to complete a €1 million deal for th(...)

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