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Website to help parents support young people


Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 30/09/2014. Website to help parents support young peopleTags: Parenting


Last week a new website was launched called reachout.com to provide reliable information to parents about supporting young peoples’ mental health and well-being, understanding the technology young people are using as well as ways to monitor their own mental health.

Research carried out by the Health Promotion Research Centre at the National University of Ireland sought to understand parents’ needs in relation to supporting positive youth mental health and well-being.

Parents told researchers that they needed advice and help in areas such as well-being, mental health problems, technology, what services were available to support young people’s mental health, and tips for parents on supporting their own mental health.

This site was developed in consultation with experts from the national advisory board which consists of members from Irish Psychology Society, College of Psychiatry Ireland, Health Service Executive and Foroige.

The content provides help and advice for both parents and young people from 12 years to 25 years on subjects like alcohol abuse, online bullying, stress management, self-harm and talking about on-line communication.

Speakers at the conference held last week called Technology for Well-Being spoke about the emerging trends in children using social media. The conference was promoting new websites that will help children and parents cope with pressures with technology and mental health such as ifightdepression.com and other apps and websites such as a free internet safety resource for schools — watchyourspace.ie



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