Child and Youth Mental Health

Parents Plus Adolescents Programme
An evidence-based parenting course promoting effective communication and positive relationships in families with adolescents aged 11 to 16 years. This course also focuses on supporting parents whose children / young people may be experiencing mental health challenges

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) – 2-day training
The MHFA Training starts by introducing the topic of mental health, and why MHFA is needed and then comprehensively covers the following topics.
• Depression
• Anxiety
• Psychosis
• Substance Abuse

STORM Half Day Suicide Alert Programme
The Basic training is a 3 hour workshop and is an introduction to suicide and self-harm and inputs on signs and symptoms that might identify if someone is suicidal and guidelines on how / where to signpost the person for support. The 3-hour workshop can be delivered to local residents to raise their awareness of suicide and to become more suicide alert

Other Supports
• Mental health information and resources through regular service mapping locally, annual awareness campaigns and the development of resource leaflets.
• Signposting to services in the community
• Other mental health related trainings and workshops as requested

Botvin LifeSkills Programme
The LifeSkills Programme is an evidence-based prevention and early intervention programme, which builds overall resiliency and coping skills. The programme prevents smoking, alcohol and substance use by young people. It is delivered to groups of children aged between 8 and 14 in schools or in the community. It targets the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance misuse and other risky behaviours.

LifeSkills promotes:
• Personal Competence (self-management skills). This helps students with problem-solving, decision-making skills, critical thinking and how to regulate their emotions
• Social competence. This involves teaching students how to communicate clearly, make friends and develop healthy relationships
• Drug Resistance Training to help youth develop strategies for resisting peer pressure.

All children from 4th- 6th class in primary schools in Ballyfermot as well as junior cycle in secondary schools participate in this programme.

Development of Trauma Informed Schools/Services
• We are working with local and national statutory and voluntary services to explore Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and their impact on children and families.
• We are supporting the development of trauma informed communities, schools and services through training, workshops and policy development.

Supporting Schools in Developing Mental Health Awareness and Responses
• Integrated Care Pathways: work towards specialist mental health services working in a more integrated and coordinated way with community and schools, together supporting children and young people’s mental health.
• Support for schools: supporting schools implement the DOE/DOH “Wellbeing in Schools Guidelines” as well as to develop mental health related policies in schools.
• Working collectively to address gaps in the provision of universal accessible services and access to specialist services.
• Advocacy. Though representation on regional and national bodies, submissions on national policy formation and by aligning our programmes to strategies, guidelines and curricula, Healthy Ireland, the SPHE curriculum in schools and the Wellbeing in Schools Guidelines

Solihull Approach Training

This training aims to increase emotional health and well-being, as well as introducing participants to the developmental effects of childhood trauma in relation to working with children and their families. The Solihull Approach introduces a model for understanding the impact of relationships on health and wellbeing and the impact of adverse childhood experiences on health and wellbeing. It supports effective and consistent approaches across agencies as a shared framework. The Solihull Approach training is designed for any practitioner working with babies, young children and school-aged children, young people and their families to support the use of the Solihull Approach from any agency. The training is for 12 people at a time.

Infant Mental Health Network

This is an interdisciplinary group who meet on a monthly basis throughout the academic year. The purpose of this group is to develop a common language of infant mental health into local services supporting families. Participating in a Network group educates practitioners on the principles of Infant Mental Health. This encourages them to incorporate these into their professional practice and so support children’s earliest development to get their lives off to the best possible start. Alongside the Network meetings, Practitioners have the opportunity to engage in Infant Mental Health classes, Masterclasses as well as other trainings such as the use of Solihull Approach, Circle of Security etc.