Alan White Last Saturday I was lucky enough to be selected to showcase the work I have done over the past number of years on Mental Health at Féilte. This event is held every year in the RDS in Dublin and is organised by the Teaching Council. It is the largest celebration (Féilte means celebration, […]
Alan White Born out of fear and lack of understanding, stigma has marginalised those with mental health difficulties for centuries. Very often anyone suffering with mental illness were seen as outcasts and were viewed with suspicion and fear, even by loved ones. Stigma develops when we don’t understand something. As human beings, when we can’t […]
Alan White “Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive that is you-er than you” – Dr Seuss. The wisdom of Dr Seuss has never been more important than it is today! The pressure young people are under to conform to certain images that popular culture deems to be […]
Alan White The concept of perception and how we perceive the world around us is fascinating. How we see things can have a huge bearing on our mental well-being and unless we become aware of this, our perceptions can have a negative effect on our thoughts and feelings, causing us distress and causing us to […]
In my last piece I spoke about the importance of an attitude of gratitude to maintain positive mental well-being. Continuing on this theme this week I would like to talk a little about the ideas of hope and optimism and how developing these traits in both ourselves and in our young people.