Ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day, Pieta House chief executive Brian Higgins said: ‘Our vision is of a world where suicide, self-harm and stigma have been replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Psychologists have called for great focus on measures to tackle the high rates of suicide among teenagers in Ireland. The Psychological Society of I(...)

An ongoing challenge is how to improve the emotional resilience and skills for the wider population as a means of inoculating against self-harm and suicide. Photograph: iStockphoto

In 2014, the Central Statistics Office reported that 459 people died by suicide in Ireland. We also know there is a strong relationship between suicid(...)

If women’s anxieties are not identified and dealt with, they can get out of hand. They overthink things, with negative thoughts leading to low self-esteem, which increases the risk of post-natal depression. Photograph: Thinkstock

Physical changes during pregnancy and early motherhood are hard to ignore, from the swelling breasts and enlarging bump to the loosening of ligaments (...)

The pursuit of happyness: In the movie, Will Smith and his son struggle to find a home.

Noticing men morosely working in a hole in the ground on a cold, grey November day, it struck me that there are limits to the pursuit of happiness, a(...)

For the child to develop properly, the relationship with the primary carer is important. Photograph: Thinkstock

We all know the early experience of infants and toddlers matters. My mother often says, “Sure he hadn’t a great start” when talking about someone who (...)

Psychologist Dr Clodagh Jordan of Trinity College Dublin said almost all adoptees surveyed reported feelings of being unable to trust due to their first experience of those closest to them. File photograph: Kane Skennar/Getty Images

Loss, anger, low self-esteem and shame are experienced when people who are adopted are not told until much later in life, a new survey shows. Those wh(...)

As long ago as 1999, the National Review of Support Services of Patients with Cancer identified the lack of adequate psychological services for patients with cancer

It wasn’t a typical interview on the Late, Late Show on Friday, September 25th. The interview with Hugh Cooney was heartbreaking, his bravery staggeri(...)

Renua leader Lucinda Creighton. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Former Newstalk chief executive Frank Cronin is one of three new general election candidates announced by Renua, the party led by Lucinda Creighton. (...)

Sofia Gutsaeva and Emma Kennedy who attend Jesus and Mary College, Goatstown, in Dublin,  and Luke Pendlebury, who is a student at Coláiste Éanna, Rathfarnham, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Leaving Cert years can be all a little overwhelming. The workload seems to grow and grow and it might seem like all you can – or, indeed, shoul(...)

In the past several decades there has been a great deal of research, in psychology and related disciplines, on human sexuality. This research has high(...)

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