Category: Trauma

Children are talking about HEADBomz ~ Who’s listening?

Dr Malie Coyne, is a Child Clinical Psychologist and a frequent voice speaking about children’s mental health issues in the Irish media. Even this morning she was on NewstalkFM with Dr Ciara Kelly speaking about how to help children after trauma. One of the things I heard her say really stood out:- “From the top down,



Opinions on ISPCC HEADBomz video from Child Mental Health Experts

Many people have asked over the last 3 weeks, how did the HEADBomz video get approved? Were any Child Mental Health Professionals involved? Who were they? How could they? What on earth are the ISPCC thinking? The official information from the ISPCC – states that they did research to ascertain that children’s mental health is



Dear HEADBomz – when will I stop seeing exploding heads? ~ A Letter to ISPCC Childline

I am still really bothered by the ISPCC Childline HEADBomz campaign. It has been live across the Republic of Ireland for 2 weeks now, and for all that time parents, teachers, therapists, counsellors, and school Principals have been sharing their (and their children’s) experience of it on social media. It is still being shown on TV



Headbomz – The talking campaign that made me need to talk and say THIS

I saw something yesterday that really bothered me. I could just let it be, move on, pretend it’s no big deal – but that doesn’t feel right. I need to write this. I really feel it’s the right thing to do. So what did I see? The video for the newly launched Headbomz campaign. ‘Headbomz’



A plea to anyone thinking about starting counselling or therapy

This is an important message for anyone starting any professionally supported healing journey.   Anyone who knows me, knows I am an advocate for people of all ages, getting help and support when we need it. There are times we all need someone who is professional, appropriately trained, qualified and experienced to walk with us for



TRE – from a Mum’s perspective

Life starts throwing things at us from when we are small – and we learn to navigate, deal with, overcome or stuff them. Regardless, they have an impact on us, and so many parents find that ‘parenting’ brings many of these unresolved experiences and tensions to the surface. Being with an anxious parent always has an



Sleep 101 – 3 essential foundations for good quality sleep

Last week there was a documentary on British TV about children and sleep; a crisis hitting our younger generation. I’m sure we all know the horrible feeling of not having had enough sleep – it happens to us all from time to time. However, the additional knock-on effects of so many children not getting enough sleep as



“I don’t feel pain” – Exploring dissociation as a reason why not

You meet all sorts of people whilst out dog walking.   I met a man today who was wearing a jacket and shorts and trainers. I know it is now officially March – but I was wearing  a T-shirt, hoodie, and fleece. I also had a woolly hat, jeans, thick socks and warm walking boots.



Crucial things to ask yourself when life asks you to choose

Sometimes things don’t work out the way you planned… As many of you will know, Hinton has been a big part of my life for the last 16 months (make that 20 if you want to include the 4 months of crazy excitement and preparation from decision day until he actually arrived!!) The plan was;



Routine at Christmas – a gift for worried, anxious and down-right scared children

Hinton loves routine.  Post morning run – Kong bliss before sleep… He really does. He has always had a sensitive temperament. Routine helps him know where he is, what is coming next, and he likes that.   We are at the stage now where he knows there is a period of time to wait (for digestion)