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Visualise an imagined future time – such as a holiday or a party – to give yourself a sense of relief for a few minutes

For three weeks from midnight on October 6th, all of Ireland moves to Level 3 restrictions. This is a familiar scenario for Dublin and Donegal, but a (...)

‘This might be the most traditional Christmas than we have seen for many years.’

The list of seasonal milestones set to be cancelled, curtailed or re-imagined this winter is long. It is either profoundly depressing or a golden oppo(...)

Director Frank Berry and Actor Dafhyd Flynn. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Having scooped various five-star reviews and major awards at Galway, Cork and the IFTAs, Michael Inside is the hottest ticket in Irish cinema for year(...)

Milly Tuomey (11) from Templeogue, Dublin, who died by suicide on  January 4th last year.

The tragedy of Milly Tuomey’s death by suicide, at the age of 11, disturbed all of us, especially anyone who cares for young people. Something about h(...)

Prince Harry’s disclosure that he sought counselling while still struggling in his late twenties to come to terms with the death of his mother carries(...)

Frank DeAngelis, former principal of Columbine High School. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The former principal of Columbine – where 13 students were shot dead in 1999 – has said the potential impact of social media today is terrifying. Fra(...)

Principal St Oliver’s, Oldcastle, Co Meath, Brendan Corcoran with pupils Oliver Smith, Eimhin Murphy and John Smyth duing the Creating A Listening School seminar at the Mansion House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

If a child is repeatedly failing academically the most likely reason is a mental health difficulty, a conference has heard. Dr Tony Bates, founder an(...)

Fionn Rogan working at Java Republic on Molesworth Street. He sparked a debate this week when he wrote about how his generation was being increasingly infantilised, due to soaring rents and a loss of financial independence. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Young people are living at home for longer, staying in full-time education in ever-greater numbers, and avoiding adult commitments. We are in the mids(...)

Dr  Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children: he said the new  National Taskforce on Youth Mental Health “has the potential to drive real change in an area where it is very much needed”.

The Ombudsman for Children has said the new National Taskforce on Youth Mental Health will need to ensure it delivers specific actions that will “make(...)

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 (...)

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