PEIN members in the media
We know that collaborative working yields benefits for all involved and when organisations work together, really good things happen. Back in July, the Sunday Independent ran an article on the effects of lockdowns on children’s mental health. Colin Murphy’s piece ‘Wrestling with Anxiety Octopus’, highlighted the fact that anxiety is the most common mental health issue in the under 12s. While flagging the need for additional resources in Primary Care services, it also championed the ‘everyday supports that should be available to children through their homes, social networks and communities’.
In doing so, the article featured a collaboration between Better Finglas (an ABC site with Barnardos as the lead agency) and Triple P (Positive Parenting Programme). The latter’s ‘Fear-Less’ programme was used, to support the management of anxiety in the family through the practice of flexible thinking.
Murphy concluded that the type of education provided through the programme should be mainstreamed, as a way of alleviating some of the current mental health crisis.
The most poignant element of the article was the fact that the contributor himself participated in the programme, having realised that, like himself, his young daughter was experiencing panic attacks. Rather than a write-up, therefore, the article was a testimonial.
Triple P is our newest PEIN member and like all ABCs, Better Finglas is a long-standing member. It is fantastic to see an evidence-based programme delivered through an experienced local service because this is the kind of collaboration that helps to achieve better and more sustainable outcomes for children and families.
Full original article is available here.