WRAP Workshop in Drogheda Library January 2023

Please find details below of WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) training which will take place on the 18th and 19th of January 2023 in Drogheda Library. This WRAP training involves Action Life Planning Tools to help you better manage your mental health and wellbeing as you head into 2023.

WRAP MHI HSE Drogheda Library (4)

Edition 6 of the Meath Child and Family Support Networks Newsletter

We are delighted to share with you the Winter 2022 Edition of the Meath Child and Family Support Networks newsletter. The newsletter contains information on local services and supports for children, young people and families in Co. Meath. Please click on the link below:

Meath CFSN Newsletter Winter 2022

FASN: Family Therapeutic RISE Programmes Online January 2023

The Family Addiction Support Network (FASN) are hosting the highly recommended Family Educational Programs for Family Members developed by The Rise Foundation, which offers practical support, relevant education, coping strategies and the opportunity for people to connect through their shared experiences.

These educational programmes will be delivered online over 10 weeks on a weekly basis for three hours.
1st programme will commence on Tuesday 17th January 2023
2nd programme will commence on Wednesday 18th January 2023
3rd programme will commence on Thursday 19th January 2023

Please contact F.A.S.N for further details or to book your place on the following numbers: Phone: 087 1357103 / 042 935 5251 Email: [email protected]

Please see attached poster for further information.

Rise poster final 2023

Innovative Early Intervention Programme for ADHD available from January 2023

Following a successful 3.5 year EU funded project to deliver and evaluate a new Early Intervention Programme for ADHD, the programme is now set to be delivered in Counties Louth and Meath from January 2023 with the support of funding from the Health Service Executive.

The The Changing Lives Initiative  (CLI) is a community-based programme, which creates a better understanding of ADHD and provides an early intervention programme for families with children experiencing behaviours consistent with ADHD.  The programme is targeted at families with children aged 3-7 who are demonstrating behaviours that may be consistent with ADHD but are oftentimes too young to receive formal assessment and diagnosis.  Potential families are identified through health, educational and community services, or can self-refer to the programme.

The programme has demonstrated life changing results for families who have participated.  To find out more about the programme, please visit www.changinglivesinitiative.com or email [email protected]

You can also contact Christina Riordan, Project Manager (The Changing Lives Initiative), Archways, Unit 7/8 Oakfield Industrial Estate, Clondalkin, D22 EH52

Mobile Tel: +00353 (0)87 3673716

Email: [email protected]


Press Release – Minister O’Gorman Publishes First 5 Spotlight Report

On 14 December 2022, Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, has today published a report, which collates data in relation to the goals and objectives of the First 5 Strategy (2019-2028).

Speaking about today’s report, Minister O’Gorman said

“this report provides us with a comprehensive evidence base that can inform the ongoing implementation of the First 5 strategy, a whole of Government strategy to improve the lives of babies, young children and families over a ten year period up to 2028. By providing all the available data in one publication, the spotlight holds Government objectives to account. It shines a light on where targets are on track and also points us in the direction of where more work is required to give effect to the ambitious goals we have set to support families and communities and make sure babies and young children get a great start in life and have positive early experiences.”

Some of the key findings from the report are

  • In 2016, there were 403,919 children aged 5 and under living in Ireland, accounting for 8.5% of the population. It is estimated that this figure dropped to 365,617 children in 2021.
  • The percentage of children aged 5 and under living in jobless households has decreased from q4 2018 to q4 2021.
  • The share of households with children aged 5 and under that availed of some form of remote working increased from 10% pre-Covid to 46% post-Covid.
  • The number of children referred to a Family Support Service decreased from 2019 to 2021, although the percentage of referred children who received a service increased during this time, as did the number of Child and Family Support Networks.
  • The at-risk of poverty rate; consistent poverty rate; and deprivation rate among this age group (0-5) all experienced a large reduction from 2017 to 2021.
  • The share of children aged 5 and under experiencing food poverty also decreased between 2017 and 2019, although the percentage experiencing energy poverty increased during this time.
  • The mean length of a maternity stay in hospital from 2017-2019 was 2.7 days for maternities with non-preterm infants, and ranged from 12.5-12.8 days for maternities with preterm infants.
  • Mothers born in the EU15 (excluding Ireland and the UK) had the highest rates of exclusive breastfeeding at discharge during this time, while mothers born in Ireland had the lowest rates.
  • Acute bronchiolitis was the most common in-patient diagnosis among this age group in 2018 and 2019, while disorders related to short gestation and low birth weight were the most common in 2020.
  • The number of children aged 5 and under on in-patient waiting lists increased from 2019 to 2021; and the number waiting more than one year almost doubled during this time.
  • The percentage of early years educators with a level 7 qualification or higher increased between 2018/19 and 2020/21.
  • The number of children enrolled in ELC settings and the number of children on ELC waiting lists have both increased from 2016/17 to 2018/19.
  • The percentage of children in mainstream junior infant classes who came from a childcare setting or pre-primary education increased from 2018/19 to 2020/21.
  • The most common ethnicity among entrants to junior infants from 2018 to 2020 was “white Irish”, while the least common was “black/black Irish with a non-African background”.


Notes for the Editor

First 5 is a constituent strategy of Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures (BOBF), which sets out an ambitious agenda across Government to improve outcomes for children and young people aged 0–24. BOBF is the National Policy Framework for Children and Young People (2014–2020). For more information, see https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/775847-better-outcomes-brighter-futures/ First 5 reinforces commitments made in BOBF to deliver improvements across the five national outcomes (Active and healthy; Achieving in learning; Safe and protected; Economically secure; and Connected, respected and contributing).

First 5 uses evidence to identify the goals, objectives and the specific actions that will be taken across Government to support babies, young children and their families. Four main goals are identified in the Strategy:

  • Goal A: Strong and supportive families and communities
  • Goal B: Optimum physical and mental health
  • Goal C: Positive play-based early leaning
  • Goal D: An effective early childhood system

The Strategy identifies nine main objectives to achieve Goals A, B and C, as well as five building blocks to assist with the implementation of Goal D Strategic Actions related to Strategy implementation, rather than objectives, are used to support Goal D. There are 14 Strategic Actions in total, which align to the five building blocks under Goal D. These Strategic Actions are not covered in this Spotlight.. The nine Objectives relate to: helping parents to balance working and caring responsibilities; providing information, services and supports for parents; providing practical and material resources to parents; promoting positive health behaviours; providing high quality health services; encouraging positive mental health; supporting a positive home learning environment; providing affordable and high quality Early Learning and Care (ELC); and supporting transitions to primary school.


BOBF is the National Policy Framework for Children and Young People (2014–2020). For more information, see https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/775847-better-outcomes-brighter-futures/

2 Strategic Actions related to Strategy implementation, rather than objectives, are used to support Goal D. There are 14 Strategic Actions in total, which align to the five building blocks under Goal D. These Strategic Actions are not covered in this Spotlight.

NVR and Parents Plus Adolescent Programmes in East Coast Family Resource Centre January 2023

Click on the poster links below in relation to details for Non Violence Resistence and Parents Plus Adolescent Programmes that will be running in the new year in the East Coast Family Resource Centre, Bettystown.

Kells Bells

An exciting new project Kells Bells from Trish Murphy, Youth Justice Support Worker, SMART Project, is now up and running.

Does your 8 -11yr old child struggle in school?

Does your 8- 11yr old child display some challenging behaviours?

If the answer is yes, Trish is ready to hear from you. Click on the link below for further information and relevant contact details:

Kells Bells

Postponement of Mental Health & Resilience Building in the Community Information Evening Scheduled in the Crown Plaza Hotel, Dundalk on 13th Dec 2022

Please note that tonight’s Community event scheduled in the Crown Plaza Hotel, Dundalk, is postponed due to the current bad weather conditions.

Mental Health & Resilience Building in the Community Information Evening In the Crown Plaza Hotel, Dundalk on 13th Dec 2022 at 6pm sharp

This evening has been organised by HSE Mental Health Services, HSE Psychology Service and the National Educational Psychology Service in conjunction with Shine, Pieta and Samaritans Ireland.  It will take place in the Crown Plaza Hotel, Dundalk on 13th Dec 2022 at 6pm sharp. 

Click on the link below for more information that also includes the programme with a list of speakers for the evening:

Community Event 13.12.22

The HSE is encouraging anyone who is experiencing ongoing stress, anxiety, mental health or sleep problems to make the connection with their mental health and take a moment to visit yourmentalhealth.ie. Here you can find a range of information on breathing exercises, resources on physical activity, apps on mindfulness, online courses on stress control and many more to help you over the coming weeks.

Meath Parenting Support Champions Event for Parents in the Trim Castle Hotel on 8th December 2022

Meath Parenting Support Champions are hosting a fun morning for all parents highlighting the supports available through Parenting 24seven. This will happen in The Trim Castle Hotel Thursday 8th 10am to 12pm.

Light refreshments and spot prizes for all. See poster below for more information: