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"Staying AHEAD of the Stress" - Video now available!

Date: 7th December
Time:  10am to 1 pm
Location: The Aviva Stadium Dublin

This was a day to reflect and listen to experts on the topic- a fireside chat.

AHEAD have noted an increasing number of students on campus with Mental Health Difficulties seeking assistance (AHEAD 2017).  Census 2016 reported an increase in the last five years of 28.7%. While there are a number of very innovative initiatives such as Student Central in Maynooth University to work with students and faculty and the ESB Health and Wellness Program – an uncertainty about supporting students or employees with Mental Health prevails.  If our students are to realise their potential on graduation, with the necessary resilience for a new and demanding world, we need to take stock. 

The world of work and the world of learning is changing beyond belief.  Going to college and graduating into a job or career for the rest of your life is not where it is at anymore.  Students are facing uncertainty in a way they never have and the changes will continue apace. As a system we have to adopt a culture of openness and positivity and it is time to hear from some of the experts what we might need to consider.

This seminar sought to start the conversations. It was an opportunity to listen to some of the expertise developing that might in turn shape how we work and engage with students, colleagues and employees now and in the future.  It covered what we mean by mental health and mental wellness, best practices in work and on campus,  when caring can become bullying, the legal implications including disclosure and finally an idea of a vision for the future.

Video Now Available

Video of the key presentations from this event is available below:

Mental Health and Mental Well-being Whether on Campus or in Work? - Dr. Emma Farrell

When You Doubt or Care Too Much – Daniel Twomey

Wellness at Work - ESB Employee Assistance Programme - Audrey Patterson

Supporting Students in Maynooth University - Rose Ryan & Suzanne McCarthy

Disclosing and Accommodating – Understanding the Legalities - Dr. Shivaun Quinlivan

Making Mental Health a Political Priority - Dr. Shari McDaid

Mental Health and Mental Well-being Whether on Campus or in Work? - Dr. Emma Farrell 

When You Doubt or Care Too Much – Daniel Twomey

Wellness at Work - ESB Employee Assistance Programme - Audrey Patterson 

Supporting Students in Maynooth University - Rose Ryan & Suzanne McCarthy 

Disclosing and Accommodating – Understanding the Legalities - Dr. Shivaun Quinlivan 

Making Mental Health a Political Priority - Dr. Shari McDaid 

This event was organised with the kind support of ESB.

If you are interested in attending please email wam@ahead.ie as there are limited places available.

 

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