Laois CONNECTS Podcasts

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Welcome to Laois Connects Podcasts where we explore a wide range of lifestyle topics with the dedicated people who are there to support you and your community in the wonderful county of Laois. Our podcasts offer a diverse and interesting range of conversations, suitable for everyone, young and old; so listen, download & share to help Laois Connect.

We hope that the podcasts will help to support and help the people of Laois to improve and bolster their wellbeing in challenging times. The podcasts were developed as part of the annual Laois CONNECTS event, which promotes mental health and wellbeing.

Hosted by
Anthony O’Prey | Health Promotion Officer (Mental Health Promotion)

*Laois Connects Podcasts have been developed and produced by the HSE Health Promotion and Improvement Team (Midlands Louth Meath CHO) and supported by Laois Partnership Company

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Laois Connects Podcasts – Season 1

Episode 1: Learning is for Life
In this podcast we discuss how life-long learning can help build our confidence and resilience, the personal development journey we go through when engaged in an educational journey and how educational goals as an adult, can give our life a sense of direction. With special guests, Geraldine Grennan, Adult Guidance Counsellor with Laois Offaly ETB & Padraig Boland FET Skills manager with Laois Offaly ETB.

Episode 2: Living with Loss
In this podcast we explore the journey of Loss and Grief and the emotions we experience as we travel along it. We also discuss the steps we can take to ensure we move through this journey with self-compassion, supported by our resilience skills. With special guests, Josephine Rigney, HSE Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention (Laois & Offaly) & Bernie Carroll, Suicide Bereavement Liaison Officer with Pieta Midlands & Counsellor Psychotherapist in Private Practice.

Episode 3: Women in the Community
In this podcast we discuss the personal benefits to Women getting involved in their local Community, how it helps build self-confidence and self-esteem and how tackling community issues can help nurture resilience. With special guests, Mary Keane, Community Development Worker in the Social Inclusion Programme with Laois Partnership Company & Karen Bambrick, Youth & Community Development Worker with Laois Partnership Company.

Episode 4: Fear Less
In this podcast we discuss young people & anxiety and explore what we can do as parents to help and support our young people more. We also discuss how skills taught on the international, evidenced-based Fear Less Programme can help parents support their children who experience anxiety. With special guests, Deirdre Dowling from Midlands Area Parenting Partnership & Triple P Practitioner & Joe Thompson, Youth Officer with Laois Offaly ETB & Counsellor Psychotherapist in Private Practice.

Episode 5: Young People Ask
In this podcast we answer questions asked by young people. These questions relate to young people’s health & wellbeing including friendships, stress management and preparing for the adult world. With special guests, Natalie Hogan, Positive Laois Coordinator with Youth Work Ireland Laois and Maeve Murphy PhD, Assistant Lecturer of Psychology in IT Carlow.

Episode 6 – The Power of Gratitude
In this podcast we explore some of the proven ways in which we can protect and nurture our mental health and wellbeing. From the practice of gratitude to the act of giving, we reflect on what we can do each day to help ourselves feel better. With special guests, Michele Baker, a Health Promotion Officer with the HSE & Finola Colgan, a Development Officer with Mental Health Ireland.

About Laois CONNECTS
Laois CONNECTS Mental Health Week is a community led initiative developed to promote positive mental health and wellbeing across County Laois. This annual event takes place every October to help celebrate #WorldMentalHealthDay. The overall aim of Laois CONNECTS is to encourage people to talk about mental health, to reduce the stigma associated with mental health challenges and to encourage people to seek help if they experience any difficulties and feel they would benefit from support. It is important for us as a community to learn more about our mental health and understand its impact in our daily lives. It is also important that we learn how to support a person experiencing mental health difficulties and thereby individually and collectively contribute to the overall mental health & wellbeing of our communities. Various events such as awareness and education talks, group-led walks, etc. are scheduled to take place from 10th October to 17th October 2020 and are organised by the Laois Mental Health Collaborative Group. Members include Laois Partnership Company, Laois County Council, Laois Sports Partnership, HSE, Mental Health Ireland, Laois/Offaly ETB, SHINE, Mountmellick FRC and Youth Work Ireland.

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