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Mental health problems affect about one in five children and young people. They include depression, anxiety, and conduct disorders, and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives (Mental Health Ireland). According to the World Health Organisation around 50 per cent of mental disorders begin before the age of 14. Parents have begun to figure this part out themselves. They can unfortunately name on one hand children who needed some form of expert support for their emotional and mental wellbeing in the past 12 months. Parents are more than aware of the daily stories on all media forms of anxious children, crying spells, teenagers suffering migraine, school refusal, depression, bullying, missing youths, self-harming, suicides, violence, poor self-image, eating disorders, and so on.
The Galway City Council is expected to endorse a supporting motion on behalf of Aitheantas - Adoptee Identity Rights, a group campaigning for open access for adoptees to their own information, at its next meeting on Monday.
UNMARRIED COUPLES. YOU COULD HAVE A LARGE TAX BILL IF YOUR PARTNER DIES.
A new funding scheme for childcare is in danger of "disproportionately going to those who are better off", while at the same time "hurting families" who live in "the areas of highest deprivation".
Galway students are being encouraged to apply for the Labour Party's Richard O'Carroll Empowerment Bursary, especially as the deadline for applications is tomorrow. The successful applicant will receive €2,000 in the first term of the 2018-2019 academic year.
Fianna Fáil has introduced a bill in the Dáil which will allow parents to share maternity leave.
A child displaying signs of a hearing difficulty, or loss, is particularly worrying for parents.
On May 25 we will be asked to remove unborn children’s right to life of from the Constitution. Why? To make abortion widely available up to 24 weeks of pregnancy, and even to make abortion legal up to birth in certain cases.
A new website has been launched by the Galway Childcare Committee.
People who have children through surrogacy should be eligible for maternity leave, says HSE forum member
A member of the HSE West’s regional health forum says it is wrong that HSE employees who have a child through surrogacy are not eligible for statutory maternity leave.