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Alcohol and Drugs: A Parent’s Guide

“Alcohol and drugs are more harmful if you do not know what is going on”

HSE urges parents to get informed ahead of Leaving Cert Results night on Wednesday

Alcohol and Drugs: A Parent’s Guide 

With Leaving Certificate results coming out this Wednesday (15th August) and the inevitable celebrations that follow, the HSE’s askaboutalcohol.ie has launched a helpful guide for parents filled with information and practical advice on how to talk to teenagers about alcohol and other drugs. Alcohol and Drugs: A Parent’s Guide is available to download from www.askaboutalcohol.ie/parents

This guide has been written by experts specifically for parents, and the main message ahead of this week’s celebrations is to get the conversation started with your son or daughter. Students celebrating their exam results may feel under peer pressure to drink alcohol. It is important for parents to get informed and be realistic about alcohol risks and to set the boundaries. 

From the age of 12 until our mid 20s our brains develop a lot. Using alcohol or drugs at this time can damage the growing brain, causing long-term emotional problems and difficulties with learning, planning and memory. The advice from the experts is to ensure that under 18s do not access alcohol at all and that over 18’s, if they do drink alcohol, are encouraged to drink in line with weekly low-risk drinking guidelines.  Parents can feel powerless when they’re up against peer pressure and alcohol marketing, but parents matter. Research has shown that kids who have conversations with their parents and learn a lot about the dangers of alcohol and drug use are up to 50% less likely to use alcohol and drugs than those who don’t have such conversations. 

Dr Gerry McCarney, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, notes how important it is for parents to know what their children are facing: “Alcohol and drugs are more harmful if you do not know what is going on. Getting your child’s point of view is an important part of any conversation about alcohol or drugs. Listen carefully to find out what they know, what’s happening with their friends and how they feel about alcohol and drugs.” 

The Parent’s Guide has advice from experts on:

  • Getting the conversation about alcohol and drugs started with your teenager – picking the right moment and taking your opportunity to talk.
  • Building resilience - showing your child that you have faith in their ability to get through difficult times and supporting them to solve their own problems and to be successful.
  • Setting a good example – the way parents drink and their attitudes to alcohol are one of the biggest influences on their child’s attitude to alcohol.  Be aware of the messages you are giving about alcohol and drugs (for example: “I need a glass of wine after the day I’ve had.”)
  • How to really listen - spend more time trying to understand their world and their feelings before offering your opinions or advice.
  • How to be the parent - handling resistance / setting boundaries / being brave. Keeping a close eye on your child and setting rules is the difficult choice, but you are doing the right thing. 

The guide also has practical advice for parents on how to deal with specific situations, such as:

  • Your child wants to go to an underage disco
  • Your child’s friends are allowed to drink
  • Your teenager comes home drunk
  • You think your child is taking drugs – how to recognise the signs
  • Educating your child on alcohol content and risks
  • Encouraging your teenager to be responsible for themselves and their friends 

Rita O’Reilly from Parentline reassures parents that their input really makes a difference: “Parents can feel helpless and resigned to the fact their child will drink, but this isn’t true. Parents matter. This guide will empower you to take the control, make the rules and have the important conversations.” 

Brian Wall from the Institute of Guidance Counsellors notes the importance of resilience for teenagers: “Upsets, disappointments, arguments and broken hearts are just a few of the challenges that young people face. Teenagers need to know their parents will look out for them no matter what. When young people rely on alcohol or drugs to get through social situations or cope with tough times, they miss the chance to identify and cope with painful emotions and to learn the skills of sharing their emotions and problems and asking for help. These skills can help them to manage better the next time and build their confidence and resilience.” 

This practical guide will help parents to decide what’s OK and what’s not OK for their family, and how to set those boundaries for their children. 

For more information visithttp://www.askaboutalcohol.ie/parents/ 

ENDS 

  • Askaboutalcohol.ie aims to improve people's knowledge about alcohol – how much we're drinking, how it affects us healthwise, and how we can gain more by drinking less.
  • Parentline can offer support through a number of ways. Phone on 1890 927277 or 01 8733500.
  • HSE Drugs & Alcohol Helpline is a confidential service and has both a freephone Helpline (1800 459 459) and an email support service (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
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E-Male Matters December 2017 - Newsletter

 December 2017

NEWS

Men’s Health Week 2018 - THE Date for your New Diary!

'Working With Cancer' Booklet for Men

Jabs for the Boys - New Initiative to Tackle Awareness of HPV Diseases in Men

Donegal Secondary Schools Awarded White Ribbon Flags

Men and Health Literacy

EVENTS 

WHO-Europe Draft Men's Health Strategy

Men’s Health Symposium 2018

The Main Man (and Woman) - A Date for your Diary

TRAINING 

Zero Suicide Alliance - Free Online Suicide Prevention Training

What are the Estimated Costs of Childhood Overweight and Obesity on the Island of Ireland?

PMD Partners’ Study

European MSM Internet Survey 2017

WEB LINKS 

Men’s Issues on the Web …

  

Men’s Health Week 2018 - THE Date for your New Diary!

Believe it or not, it’s that time again. Yes, it’s time to get the most important date of the year into your new 2018 diary …  International Men's Health Week (MHW) always begins on the Monday before Father's Day and ends on Father's Day itself.  This coming year, it will run from Monday 11th until Sunday 17th June 2018. 

Every year the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI) convenes an all-island Planning Group for Men’s Health Week (MHW). Would you be interested in joining with others from across the island of Ireland to help to shape MHW 2018? This can be done in many ways - from participating in meetings to electronic communication. All input is very welcome, and helps to make the week stronger and more relevant. The first meeting of the Planning Group will take place on Wednesday 10th January 2018, from 10.45am - 1.45pm (including lunch), in Dundalk, Co. Louth. However, even if you cannot make the meetings, your ongoing feedback on developments via email / phone would still be very helpful.  If you would be interested in being part of the planning process for 2018 (in any way), email Colin Fowler at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Even if this is not possible, why not put the dates of MHW 2018 into your new diary, and start thinking about how your group / workplace / church / community / sports club ...  could do something to mark this week?

'Working With Cancer' Booklet for Men

The first-ever guide to help men to keep working during or after a cancer diagnosis has just been published.  ‘W orking W ith Ca n ce r’ (by the Eu rop e an Men ’s Health Fo rum ) is a 12-page booklet that answers all the questions that working men (whether employed, self-employed or freelance) might have when cancer strikes. It was written by a working man with cancer; developed alongside a steering group which included working men with cancer; and read and commented on by working men with cancer. The booklet also addresses the employer’s perspective, the legal position, and issues around money and general health. To find out more and download a copy, visit: www.emhf.org/new-guide-working-with-cancer 

Jabs for the Boys - New Initiative to Tackle Awareness of HPV Diseases in Men

A campaign has been launched to address the pressing need for greater awareness about the human papillomavirus (HPV) and its potential impact on millions of men and boys in the United Kingdom every year.  'Jabs for the Boys' aims to improve public education about HPV and the HPV vaccination. This follows new research which points to a startling lack of knowledge about the infection. The initiative’s website - www.jabsfortheboys.uk - looks to boost public knowledge of HPV, while offering advice and guidance to the parents of boys, boys themselves, and adult men about the pros and cons of HPV vaccination. 

Donegal Secondary Schools Awarded White Ribbon Flags

Lifeline Inishowen and the Men's Development Network have recently been rolling out the White Ribbon Campaign in Inishowen (Co. Donegal) to three secondary schools with over 2,000 students between them. On Monday 11th December 2017, the participants from Moville Community College, Carndonagh Community School and Coláiste Chineál Eoghain in Buncrana were awarded their White Ribbon Flags. White Ribbon Ireland is the national movement of the worldwide male-led campaign to end men’s violence against women. It has a presence in over 60 countries, and aims to change the attitudes and behaviours that lead to and perpetuate men’s violence against women by engaging boys and men to lead social change and to achieve gender equality. 

Men and Health Literacy

Have you seen the Irish Cancer Society’s (ICS) top tips to help organisations to effectively communicate health information to men? … Around four in every ten men have low health literacy and this makes it hard for them to find, understand and use health information.

Following research conducted by ICS and University College Cork - supported by the National Adult Literacy Agency - a number of key recommendations were made that should be considered when developing health information for men.  You can see their infograph at:  www.mhfi.org/news/788-men-and-health-literacy.html 

WHO-Europe Draft Men's Health Strategy

A Symposium is being held in Dublin on Friday 16th March 2018 to review and discuss a draft of the first ever Strategy on the Health and Wellbeing of Men in the World Health Organisation (WHO) European Region.  The aims of this event are to seek the views of stakeholders and experts working in the area of gender and men’s health on key elements of the draft strategy, and to develop a set of recommendations based on the outcomes of the symposium for consideration by WHO when drawing-up the final strategy.  The Symposium is, primarily, for non-governmental organisations across the 53 countries of the WHO-Europe region who have a particular interest in the health and wellbeing of men and boys and/or the role of men in promoting gender equality.  The Me n ’s Health Forum in Ireland, Men ’s Hea lth Fo rum (GB ) and

 Glo b a l Actio n o n Men ’s He a lth are hosting the event, in association with WHO-Europe and with the support of the Health Service Executive in Ireland.  For more information, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Men’s Health Symposium 2018

On Wednesday 30th November 2016, a landmark Men’s Health Symposium was held in Dr Steeven’s Hospital, Dublin. This event was used to launch the ‘Healthy Ireland - Men’ Action Plan which succeeded Ireland’s National Men’s Health Policy.  Participants at this event appreciated the opportunity to: hear about examples of effective practice throughout Ireland; discover local research into men’s health and wellbeing which is currently taking place; listen to high profile speakers in the field of men’s health.  A further Symposium is being arranged for Thursday 15th March 2018 and this will, once again, be held in Dr Steeven’s Hospital. The March event will focus on the health and wellbeing needs of middle-aged men, and a new report on Middle-Aged Men and Suicide in Ireland will be launched on this day.  A call will be issued in January for abstracts from researchers who would like to present their work at this Symposium. To register your interest in this event, please email Colin Fowler at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The Main Man (and Woman) - A Date for your Diary

The Southern Area Men's Health Steering Group invites you to their annual seminar which will be held on the morning of Friday 23rd March 2018, in the Palace Demesne, Armagh City. This year's event is called 'The Main Man (and Woman)' and it will: encourage participants to see why men’s health issues need to be addressed; offer a practical example of how men can be effectively engaged; explore what participants could realistically offer in their own settings to support men's health and wellbeing. This event will be of interest to anyone who has male workers, volunteers or participants within their setting, and who would like to help to improve the health of these people. To register your interest, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Zero Suicide Alliance - Free Online Suicide Prevention Training

The Zero Suicide Alliance is a partnership of Health Service Trusts, businesses and individuals who are committed to suicide prevention in the United Kingdom and beyond.  The Alliance recently launched a new, free, twenty minute online suicide prevention training programme.

The aims of this training are to: enable people to identify when someone is presenting with suicidal thoughts / behaviour; help them to speak out in a supportive manner; empower them to signpost the individual to the correct services or support.  To find out more, or to take the training, visit: www.zerosuicidealliance.com 

What are the Estimated Costs of Childhood Overweight and Obesity on the Island of Ireland?

Over the past three decades, the prevalence of overweight and obesity has increased markedly in Ireland and worldwide. While the personal and social costs of this global phenomenon are incalculable, researchers and policy makers in a number of countries have estimated the economic costs of overweight and obesity.  Safefood has commissioned a report on current and projected lifetime costs on the island of Ireland as part of its ongoing work to guide and inform responses to this public health crisis.  The report can be accessed online at:  www.safefood.eu/SafeFood/media/SafeFoodLibrary/Documents/Publications/Research%20Re  ports/Cost-of-childhood-obesity-Report.pdf 

PMD Partners’ Study

The PMD Partners’ Study is recruiting partners of women who have experienced a mental health problem in the year after having a baby.  For most families, having a baby is a happy occasion.  However, a small number of women will experience a mental health problem such as anxiety, postnatal depression and/or postpartum psychosis that may or may not have received a clinical diagnosis.  Often the woman’s partner can play an important role during this time, but there is currently little knowledge about what the partner experiences. This study aims to provide insights into understanding partners’ experiences in order to provide the support they need during this time. This study is being undertaken by Jill Atkinson, a PhD student at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin and has been funded by the Health Research Board. If you would like to participate, or would like more information, please contact Jill on Tel: 087 0629892  |  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

European MSM Internet Survey 2017

A major European internet survey aimed at men who have sex with men (MSM) has been launched in Ireland. EMIS 2017 aims to generate data to understand the sexual health needs of MSM, including gay, bisexual and transgender men. This data will also be used to help direct HIV and sexually transmitted infection prevention programmes.  EMIS 2017 takes around 20 minutes to complete and is anonymous.  If you are over 17 years of age, living in Ireland, and are a man who has sex with other men, you are invited to participate. The survey can be found at: www.demographix.com/surveys/3Y9Q-VHRX/6BNEKQJV 

Men’s Issues on the Web …

Looking be yo n d m e n as t h e p rob lem : Re ca libratin g o u r app roa ch to m e n ’s h ea lth   The science behind 'Man Flu'

Male rape and sexual torture in the Syrian war

I was a rock 'n' roll roadie for 30 years ...  Nobody understood my depression  Addressing a blind spot in the response to HIV - reaching out to men and boys  Harassment revelations are good for men

8 golden rules for men's health 

Due to the Christmas holidays, the next edition of ‘E-Male Matters’ will be released in February 2018.  Do you know of anything (research, events, resources, news etc.) affecting men and boys which should be included in it? ... 

There’s a simple template for all articles. Let us know (within one paragraph and no more than 150 words) all the crucial details e.g. title, date, time, venue, short description, contact details for further information (name, telephone and/or email address), and web link (if available) for a fuller explanation. To keep the file size of this newsletter small, we cannot, unfortunately, accept photographs or images. 

Please email your information to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.The submission deadline for the February edition is Monday 29th January 2018.

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Almost two people died each day in Ireland during 2015

Poisoning, trauma or medical causes linked to drug use

Almost two people died each day in Ireland during 2015 as a result of poisoning, trauma or medical causes linked to drug use according to the latest figures from the Health Research Board (HRB). This represents almost 20,000 potential life years lost* in just one year. A total of 695 people died in 2015 compared to 431 in 2004 - this represents an increase of 61%. There have been 7,422 deaths among people who use drugs since 2004.

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Update on some Dublin 15 good news stories in December 2017.

Dublin 15 has some good news stories in December 2017.

  1. Corduff Primary Care Centre – officially opened
  2. Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown Children’s Unit -sod turning
  3. St. Brigid’s N.S. Castleknock – Digital Schools Award
  4. Sports Grants - €500k for Local Sports Clubs

DUBLIN 15

DUBLIN 7

  1. Gaelscoil and Chuilinn - official opening
  2. Luttrellstown Community College – new extension
  3. Castleknock GAA – New Club House at Somerton
  4. Castleknock College – opening of new Sports Hall
  5.   New Social Homes – Hansfield and Mountview

HANSFIELD:

WELLVIEW:

  1.  Mary Mother of Hope Junior NS, Clonee - Digital Schools Award
  2.  Veritas new jobs - Ballycoolin
  3. IT Blanchardstown Development – University of Technology Dublin
  4.  LUAS  Broombridge - now open
  5.  Fingal County Council (FCC) – Community Funding

    1. Corduff Primary Care Centre – officially opened

The Corduff Primary Care Centre was opened in October at a cost €7.6m. The new high spec centre will provide a range of primary care services including public health nursing, paediatric occupational therapy, paediatric physiotherapy, child psychology, speech and language therapy, dietetics, social work services, mental health, counselling and dental services. The practice comprises of four GPs and a practice nurse. It also has a new crèche, a physiotherapy gym and two occupational therapy gyms suitable for children and adolescents.

2. Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown Children’s Unit -sod turning

An Taoiseach and local TD, Leo Varadker, turned the sod, along with Minister Harris, for the Paediatric Outpatients and Urgent Care Centre at Connolly Hospital. This long awaited satellite centre of the new National Children’s Hospital will be very significant to the people of Dublin West and beyond.

An Taoiseach said “the new facility is close to my heart as I was involved in the project as Minister for Health”.

It will open to patients in 2019 so it will no longer be necessary for children to travel to Crumlin or Temple St., unless they need to see a specialist.

3. St. Brigid’s N.S. Castleknock – Digital Schools Award

St. Brigid’s NS was awarded the Digital Schools of Distinction award this year.  It also received it in 2009. The school has gone from strength to strength with Information and Communications Technology (ICT) integration in teaching, learning and assessment. The school has developed its own app for communication with parents and the wider community as well as using Twitter and a very attractive and well designed website.

4. Sports Grants - €500k for Local Sports Clubs  

The Government has allocated over €500,000 in grants to sporting organisations in Dublin 15 this year. All of the clubs and organisations in D15 and D7 that made valid sports grant applications this year received a grant in this round. There will be another round in 2018, so any club that did not receive a grant can apply then.

DUBLIN 15

Organisation

Location

Project

Sport

Grant

Fingal County Council

Porterstown Park

All weather pitch/running track

Multi-sport

€150,000

Castleknock Hurling & FC

Somerton Park

Training Area

Gaelic

€145,000

Castleknock Celtic FC

Porterstown Road

Equipment

Soccer

€23,295

Phoenix Cricket Club

Phoenix Park

Safety upgrades

Cricket

€1,902

Mountview Fortlawn Community Campus Ltd

Clonsilla

Equipment

Soccer

€8,495

Garda Sub Aqua Club

Westmanstown Centre, Clonsilla

Equipment upgrade

Diving

€15,000

West Dublin Rhinos

Carpenterstown Road

Club improvements

American Football

€1,568

DUBLIN 7

Organisation

Location

Project

Sport

Grant

Phoenix FC

Ashtown & Navan Rd

Development

Soccer

€146,340

St Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh GAA

Navan Road

Re-roofing & refurbish dam­aged floor

Gaelic

€80,000

Cabra Parkside Community

Ratoath Road

New Spinning room

Multi

€76,580

Cabra for Youth

Ratoath Road

Cottage Storage

Multi

€21,767

5. Gaelscoil and Chuilinn - official opening  

Gaelscoil an Chuilinn’s new €4.6 million school and Community Theatre Space was officially opened by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadker. The school is located in Tyrrelstown but serves a wider area. The school was opened in 2012, under the patronage of An Foras Patrunachta, to meet the ever increasing demand for tuition through the Irish language. It is an inter-denominational gaelscoil. The school has a wide range of nationalities including children from Latvia, Poland, Iran, China, England, Scotland & France. It is the second Gaelscoil in Dublin 15. There are also advanced plans for a new second-level Aonad for the area. 2018 will be Bliain na Gaelige.

6. Luttrellstown Community College – new extension

Planning permission for a new extension at Luttrellstown Community College and for a new sports hall and community centre adjacent to the school, was granted in June 2016 and the project is now at tender stage and contracts will issue.  All going to plan, it is expected that building works will begin early in 2018.

7. Castleknock GAA – New Club House at Somerton

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadker, turned the sod for the new club house at Somerton during the Family Day in September.  The club is going from strength to strength.

8. Castleknock College – opening of new Sports Hall

Minister Bruton officially opened Castleknock College’s new Sports Hall. The blessing was given by the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin. The college has a very good record in sport, especially rugby.

9.   New Social Homes – Hansfield and Mountview

HANSFIELD:

Fingal County Council has acquired 36 new apartments in Hansfield which will be allocated to people on the housing list. The new homes will be managed by Tuath Housing Association and tenants are currently moving in. Eight of these have been specially adapted to accommodate tenants with disabilities/medical needs.

WELLVIEW:

There are also an additional 20 houses in Wellview which is one of the three sites in Fingal County Council’s Rapid Build Construction Programme.  These homes were visited by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadker, and Minister Eoghan Murphy in November.

10.  Mary Mother of Hope Junior NS, Clonee - Digital Schools Award 

Mary Mother of Hope NS in Clonee was awarded the prestigious Digital Schools of Distinction Award. There are 445 pupils in the school, aged from 5 to 9 years.

11.  Veritas new jobs - Ballycoolin

Veritas Technologies research and development (R&D) centre in Ballycoolin Business Park was announced with 250 new jobs. 130 roles will be filled next year with the remainder in 2019. Technology leaders like Veritas help the Government to stimulate growth and spread the benefit of innovation to businesses across the country and around the world.

12. IT Blanchardstown Development – University of Technology Dublin

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) announced a new multi-million euro investment in a new teaching block. It is one of the most significant investments in the ITB. This investment will enable the college to teach more students, in a range of disciplines, in a specially designed building. ITB will be part of the new Technology University Dublin with Tallaght IT and DIT when the legislation, currently going through the Oireachtas, is finalised.

13.  LUAS  Broombridge - now open

Broombridge LuasThe new LUAS Cross City line which connects the green and the red lines was officially opened in December by Leo Varadker. This is now of benefit to passengers who use our local train line as it will now be possible to get the train at Castleknock, Coolmine, Clonsilla and Ashtown and transfer to the Luas at Broombridge and travel from there to the city centre, Dundrum and many other places.  

Leo Varadker said “When I was Minister for Transport I made the decision to build the Luas Cross City to connect the two Luas lines and to extend the light-rail system from St. Stephen’s Green to Broombridge in Cabra and it gives me great pleasure to open it”.

14.  Fingal County Council (FCC) – Community Funding

In October FCC provided funding of €64,500 for Community facilities.  Twenty one local organisations in Dublin 15 secured €20,000 of this funding with Mountview Family Resource Centre receiving €2,500. Most facilities received €1000 with a few receiving slightly less.  

You can check out the list on the FCC website www.fingalcoco.ie under the heading ‘press releases’, title:  Fingal LCDC grants €64,500 to Community Groups 06.10.17

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E-Male Matters November 2017

Here's a sample of E-Male Matters November 2017

International Men’s Day 2017

International Men's Day (IMD) takes place on the 19th of November each year. This day offers an opportunity for everyone to celebrate the important contribution that men and boys make to their families, friends, communities, workplaces, society and the world. However, it is also a time to highlight some of the key issues facing males, and to provide practical support and positive encouragement to overcome these. For example, the Belfast Men’s Health Group will be setting-up a stall in St. Georges Market, Belfast, on Friday 17th November 2017, from 9.30am - 1.00pm, and men of all ages are invited to drop by and avail of the following free services: blood pressure checks, Body Mass Index (BMI) assessment, smoking cessation advice (including carbon monoxide checks), healthy eating guidance, physical activity opportunities, self-help booklets / leaflets … Keep an eye out for IMD activities and events in your area. Better still, why not organise something yourself to mark this day!

 

Men and Health Literacy

To mark 'Movember' and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) is offering top tips to help organisations to effectively communicate health information to men. Around four in every ten men have low health literacy and this makes it hard for them to find, understand and use health information. Following research conducted by ICS and University College Cork - supported by the National Adult Literacy Agency - a number of key recommendations were made that should be considered when developing health information for men. See their infograph at: www.mhfi.org/news/788-men-and-health-literacy.html

 

Inspiration from Iceland - Drug Prevention is Possible!

The South Eastern Drug and Alcohol Connections Service recently invited Jón Sigfússon, the Director of Youth at the Icelandic Centre for Social Research and Analysis (ICSRA), to come to Northern Ireland and share his knowledge of the inspirational Icelandic Drug Prevention Model. The aim was to identify effective, evidence-based prevention in the field of alcohol and other drugs which could be applied locally. In 20 years, Iceland went from the highest rate of alcohol and drug use amongst young people in Europe to the lowest. Find out more at: www.ascert.biz/news-events/news/blog-inspiration-from-iceland-drug-prevention-is-possible

 

Health Survey (NI): First Results 2016/17

The Public Health Information and Research Branch, Information Analysis Directorate, Department of Health NI has just published a summary of the main topics included in the 2016/17 Health Survey. The Department intends to produce a number of more detailed topic specific bulletins throughout 2017/18. These will be made available on the Health Survey page on their website at: www.health-ni.gov.uk/topics/doh-statistics-and-research/health-surveynorthern-ireland 

 

Dementia: Understand Together Launches Campaign

A new TV, radio and online advertising campaign to increase understanding and support for people living with dementia was recently launched by the Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, as part of the Dementia: Understand Together initiative. The campaign seeks to raise awareness, increase understanding, and address the loneliness and isolation experienced by people living with dementia and their families. It aims to show that people with dementia can be supported to live well, and that each of us can play a part by maintaining friendships and including people in community life. The launch of the campaign coincides with the official unveiling of a new website for people who want to find out more about dementia, which can be accessed at: www.understandtogether.ie

 

Shaping Future Health and Social Care Services

The Patient and Client Council’s Membership Scheme was set up in 2010/11 as a way to involve the public in health and social care issues. This initiative was the first of its kind within health and social care in Northern Ireland. Today, there are more than 12,000 people in the scheme. Their ages range from 16 years old to 90+. They come from all walks of life and every part of Northern Ireland, and include healthcare professionals, patients, carers and members of the public. Members can be involved by post, telephone, online or face-to-face and, in the past, have made significant contributions to a number of projects. These include: hospital meals, district nursing, respite services, car parking at health and social care facilities, infection prevention and control, and end-of-life care. If you’d like to know more about the Membership Scheme, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Matthew on Tel: 02895 361698.

 

23rd Annual Regional Sexual Health Conference 2017

The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust Sexual Health Training Team's 23rd Annual Regional Conference will take place on Wednesday 22nd November 2017, from 9.00am - 5.00pm, in the Titanic Centre, Belfast. This year's event will focus upon inequalities in health for women, and will bring together a wide range of experts to present up-to-date research and projects from throughout the UK and Ireland. To book a place or to find out more, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tel: 02895 047028.

 

Schools Can, Schools Do - Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

You are invited to a workshop hosted by the All-Island Obesity Action Forum supported by safefood. This event, titled 'Schools Can, Schools Do - Healthy Eating and Physical Activity', will take place on Tuesday 14th November 2017, in the Gibson Hotel, Dublin, from 9.30am - 1.30pm. The event will focus on the school as a setting for promoting a healthy weight in children, and will welcome a range of national and international expert speakers on childhood obesity. For more details, see: www.safefood.eu/Professional/Events/All-island-ObesityAction-Forum-Schools-can,-scho.aspx

 

Mini-Taster Mojo

Are you feeling like you have lost your Mojo? Have you been affected by employment issues? Are you feeling stressed? Are you: motivated to change; over 18; living in South County Dublin; able to participate in a programme for four weeks every Tuesday from 2.00pm - 4.00pm from 14th November until 5 th December 2017? … If so, this short programme (which will be held in Tus Nua, New Nangor Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22) might be of interest to you. To find out more, contact: Catherine Mooney, Mojo Progamme Manager, at Tel: 087 1471152

 

PMD Partners’ Study

The PMD Partners’ Study is recruiting partners of women who have experienced a mental health problem in the year after having a baby. For most families, having a baby is a happy occasion. However, a small number of women will experience a mental health problem such as anxiety, postnatal depression and/or postpartum psychosis that may or may not have received a clinical diagnosis. Often the woman’s partner can play an important role during this time, but we currently have little knowledge about what the partner experiences. This study aims to provide insights into understanding partners’ experiences in order to provide the support they need during this time. This study is being undertaken by Jill Atkinson, a PhD student at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin and has been funded by the Health Research Board. If you would like to participate, or would like more information, please contact Jill on Tel: 087 0629892 | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Dementia: Research, Policy and Data on the Island of Ireland

www.dementiaresearch.ie is an online resource which provides an overview of data, research and policy on dementia across the island of Ireland over the five year period between 2010 and 2014. Users may search the site for links to policy documents, journals articles, reports and books, surveys and databases related to dementia in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. This online resource is intended for use by researchers, policymakers and the voluntary and community sectors.

 

Worldwide Burden of Migraine Patient Survey

The Migraine Association of Ireland is supporting the Worldwide Burden of Migraine Patient Survey - a global survey which aims to increase awareness and understanding of the effect that migraine has on the lives of those who suffer from the disease. It is being conducted by by Novartis in association with the European Headache Alliance (EHA). EHA is a not-for-profit umbrella organisation for migraine and headache patient groups in Europe. If you would be willing to participate in this survey, visit: https://www1.surveys.gfk.com/wix/0/p22923230.aspx

 

European MSM Internet Survey 2017

A major European internet survey aimed at men who have sex with men (MSM) has been launched in Ireland. EMIS 2017 aims to generate data to understand the sexual health needs of MSM, including gay, bisexual and transgender men. This data will also be used to help direct HIV and sexually transmitted infection prevention programmes. EMIS 2017 takes around 20 minutes to complete and is anonymous. If you are over 17 years of age, living in Ireland, and are a man who has sex with other men, you are invited to participate. The survey can be found at: www.demographix.com/surveys/3Y9Q-VHRX/6BNEKQJV

 

Healthy Ireland Survey 2017 - Summary of Findings

This report provides an overview of results from the third wave of the Healthy Ireland Survey - an annual interviewer administered face-to-face survey commissioned by the Department of Health in the Republic of Ireland. Survey data plays a number of roles, including supporting the Department in ongoing engagement and awareness-raising activities in the various policy areas, and supporting better understanding of policy priorities. This third wave consisted of 7,487 interviews, conducted with a representative sample of the population aged 15 years and older. To see the findings, visit: http://health.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/16-048825- Healthy-Ireland-Survey-18-October_for-printing.pdf

 

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E-Male Matters October 2017

Highlights from the E-male matters October 2017 newsletter

Listening to the People’s Voice

The Patient and Client Council (PCC) was created on 1st April 2009 as an independent voice for patients, clients, carers and communities in Northern Ireland. It has four statutory functions: (1) listen and act on people’s views; (2) encourage people to get involved; (3) help people make a complaint; (4) promote advice and information. Over the past seven years, the PCC has engaged with tens of thousands of people on a wide range of health and social carerelated issues through surveys, face-to-face interviews, workshops and contact with the general public at events. The PCC has also enabled service users to work in partnership with Health and Social Care to co-design and deliver meaningful service improvement in such areas as mental health and learning disability, chronic pain and rare diseases, as well as specific conditions such as fibromyalgia, ME, Stage IV endometriosis and recurrent miscarriage. For more information, visit: www.patientclientcouncil.hscni.net

 

Coping with the Pressures of Farming

‘Coping with the Pressures of Farming’ was launched at the National Ploughing Championships 2017 by Mental Health Ireland and Teagasc. Staying well mentally is just as important as staying well physically. Dealing with stress and strain, and the ups and downs of life, are part and parcel of daily living. However, sometimes situations can lead to feelings of being unable to cope. On such occasions, being able to reach out to someone to talk to and get advice from can make all the difference to sorting out the problem. This publication has been researched and collated to address the many and varied issues that contribute to stress when not properly handled. Part 1 addresses the essential requirement to manage farming effectively and efficiently. Part 2 looks at mental health and wellbeing, with an emphasis on the more common mental health issues that can impact on day-to-day living. To access a copy of this booklet, visit: www.mentalhealthireland.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Copingwith-the-pressures-of-farming-1.pdf

 

Peer Mentoring for People Facing Cancer

Are you living with a cancer diagnosis? Would you or a family member benefit from someone to support you through your journey? ... If so, Action Cancer can provide a free Peer Mentoring service - available to both the patient and their family - throughout Northern Ireland. Trained volunteers, who have all come through their own personal cancer experience, offer a listening ear, support and guidance for your journey. For further information, contact Jane Gilmore at Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Tel: 02890 803356.

 

‘Suicide Prevention - What Works?’

Conference Contact NI will be holding their 7th Suicide Prevention - What Works? conference on Thursday 16th November 2017 in the Titanic Centre, Belfast. This year's event will reflect upon 'Stories Seldom Told ... Voices Seldom Heard' in the campaign to safeguard against suicide as a preventable harm. For further details and/or to book a place, visit: https://getinvited.to/suicideprevention/contact-suicide-prevention-what-works-conference

 

Date for your Diary: 23rd Annual Regional Sexual Health Conference 2017

The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust Sexual Health Training Team's 23rd Annual Regional Conference will take place on Wednesday 22nd November 2017, from 9.00am - 5.00pm, in the Titanic Centre, Belfast. This year's event will focus upon inequalities in health for women, and will bring together a wide range of experts to present up-to-date research and projects from throughout the UK and Ireland. To book a place or to find out more, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tel: 02895 047028

 

Head and Neck Cancer Conference 2017

You are invited to a two-day conference focusing upon head and neck cancer. This will take place on Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th November 2017 in Blackpool, England. Day 1 will target health professionals and Day 2 is for patients and carers. For full details, see: www.yourcancerjourney.org.uk/conference

 

Schools Can, Schools Do - Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

You are invited to a workshop hosted by the All-Island Obesity Action Forum supported by safefood. This event, titled 'Schools Can, Schools Do - Healthy Eating and Physical Activity', will take place on Tuesday 14th November 2017, in the Gibson Hotel, Dublin, from 9.30am - 1.30pm. The event will focus on the school as a setting for promoting a healthy weight in children, and will welcome a range of national and international expert speakers on childhood obesity. For more details, see: www.safefood.eu/Professional/Events/All-island-ObesityAction-Forum-Schools-can,-scho.aspx

 

Mini-Taster Mojo

Are you feeling like you have lost your Mojo? Have you been affected by employment issues? Are you feeling stressed? Are you: motivated to change; over 18; living in South County Dublin; able to participate in a programme for four weeks every Tuesday from 2.00pm - 4.00pm from 14th November until 5 th December 2017? … If so, this short programme (which will be held in Tus Nua, New Nangor Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22) might be of interest to you. To find out more, contact: Catherine Mooney, Mojo Progamme Manager, at Tel: 087 1471152

 

Women and Men in Ireland 2016

The Central Statistics Office recently published 'Women and Men in Ireland 2016' which presents over 70 indicators that identify important gender differences in the activities of men and women in the Republic of Ireland, as well as how these relate to the international situation. Headline figures include: Irish women are more likely to have a third-level qualification than men; the vast majority of those who look after home/family are women (although the number of men looking after home/family nearly doubled in the 10 years up to 2016); more than three quarters of the TDs in Dáil Éireann are men; four out of every five people committed to prison in 2014 were men; men work longer hours than women in paid employment and have a higher rate of employment ... To see a full overview of the findings, visit: www.cso.ie/en/releasesandpublications/ep/p-wamii/womenandmeninireland2016

 

Women and Men Report Similar Levels of Work-Family Conflicts

Contrary to public perception and many media accounts, women and men report similar levels of work / family conflicts - both in the form of work interfering with family and family interfering with work - according to research recently published by the American Psychological Association. Researchers spent several years examining the findings from more than 350 studies, conducted over three decades, that included more than 250,000 participants from across the world. The results were published online in the Journal of Applied Psychology. To read more, visit: www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2017/07/work-family-conflicts.aspx

 

Men’s Experience of Caring for a Spouse / Partner who has a Chronic Long-Term Illness or Disability

The number of male family carers in Northern Ireland is rising and, currently, around 42% of family carers are male. Ulster University is conducting research into the experience of men who are at home looking after a spouse/partner who is living with a long-term illness or disability. The researcher, Anne Fee (PhD Student), is recruiting male participants for the current phase of the study which comprises one-to-one interviews about their experience of caring for their spouse/partner. Interviews will last around one hour, and will be conducted at home or in a local day centre. If necessary, expenses can be provided to arrange alternative care while the interview is taking place, and all participants will be offered a £20 voucher in recognition of their time. For further information about the study, or to register interest to be interviewed, contact Anne Fee at Tel: 0790 7579875, or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Masculinities and Men’s Illicit Recreational Drug Use

New research, published in the Irish Journal of Sociology, sheds light on men’s use of illicit drugs. In Ireland, men are more likely than women to use illicit drugs, and more likely to develop drug problems and end up in drug treatment services. This reflects a similar global pattern - men tend to use drugs (such as cannabis, cocaine and ecstasy) more often than women. Yet little is known about why men begin taking drugs and what drug taking means to them. This study explores these questions. Find out more at: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0791603517735772

 

Global Burden of Disease Study

The Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD) is the most comprehensive worldwide observational epidemiological study to date. It describes mortality and morbidity from major diseases, injuries and risk factors to health at global, national and regional levels. Examining trends from 1990 to the present, and making comparisons across populations, enables understanding of the changing health challenges facing people across the world in the 21st century. See the full story at: http://thelancet.com/gbd

 

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Potential Measles Outbreak In Ireland

Measles is a serious disease – Vaccination is the only effective protection.

The HSE has confirmed to us that there has been eight cases of measles reported.  If it reaches ten, then it will be considered an outbreak.  It has been notified of two cases in north Dublin city, but the health authority says there are now at least eight cases in Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and Meath, with most cases in Dublin.

Dr John Cuddihy is the Acting Assistant National Director for Health Protection and he said that measles can be a serious illness and is highly contagious.

A HSE spokesperson said

“The Measles Outbreak Control Team continues to investigate and advise on measures to control the further spread of this potentially serious illness, Alerts regarding measles have been sent to all emergency departments and General Practitioners (GPs) in the affected areas.  Work is ongoing in identifying close contacts of cases who are being notified and advised by public health officers.”

The HSE continued: “Anybody who has symptoms suggestive of measles should stay at home, not go to school or work and phone your GP and explain that you may have measles.  The best protection is to be fully vaccinated with two doses of MMR vaccine”.

Measles (sometimes known as rubeola) is a highly infectious viral illness. It causes a range of symptoms including fever, coughing and distinctive red-brown spots on the skin.

The measles virus is contained in the millions of tiny droplets that come out of the nose and mouth when an infected person coughs or sneezes. You can catch measles by breathing in these droplets or, if the droplets have settled on a surface, by touching the surface and then placing your hands near your nose or mouth. The most effective way of preventing measles is the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. 

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3rd Trial Methodology Symposium

Transparency in Trials

The HSE are holding a Symposium called HRB-TMRN Symposium.  It will take place in The Radisson Blu St Helens Hotel Dublin on Friday October 20th.  The theme for this years Symposium will be Transparency in Trials.  The HRB-TMRN welcomes expressions of interest from members of the public who wish to attend. This event is approved for 6 CPD credits.

Students are €50 and general admission is €100.  A limited number of free places will be offered to those interested. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (or call 091 494493) for further details. 

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Ireland has its 2nd Health Innovation Week

What does the future of Healthcare look like?

It’s that exciting time of the year again - Health Innovation Week! This year’s series of free interactive events take place from October 20th – October 25th. You can read more about each event by visiting www.eh2030.com

eHealth Ireland are holding the second Health Innovation Week which will be held from 20th October 2017 until 25th. Health Innovation Week is a set of 4 different events revolving around technology in healthcare. Events are focused on creating a public awareness of the amazing projects underway in Irelands health system.

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Network of Local and Regional Drugs and Alcohol Task Forces

Statement in support of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill

 October 5th, 2017

The 24 Local and Regional Drugs and Alcohol Task Forces have, for the past number of years, made continuous efforts to support local communities as they deal with the harm caused by excessive and harmful drinking.  Alcohol misuse manifests itself in a number of profoundly damaging ways which are more than evident in local communities.  This includes, local public disorder, damage and vandalism, domestic violence and family distress, loss and financial difficulty, accidents and fatalities, underage younger and younger drinking, illness (including advanced liver disease in younger people), and addiction.

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