Friends of Wexford Hospital host talk by child psychiatrist

By david tucker

Published 20/02/2016 | 00:00

Hilda Stafford of Wexford General Hospital, Dr Kieran Moore and Ciaran Sheridan of Friends of Wexford General Hospital.
Hilda Stafford of Wexford General Hospital, Dr Kieran Moore and Ciaran Sheridan of Friends of Wexford General Hospital.

Friends of Wexford General Hospital hosted a Free Talk by Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Dr Kieran Moore, on Childhood and Adolescent Mental Wellbeing at the hospital last week. At any one time 20 per cent of children and adolescents have a psychological issue. This covers a vast spectrum of issues. They can range from being in a bad mood because they had a fight with a friend to extremes such as suicidal intentions.

Positive mental health can be encouraged by following some simple and basic steps: Support good family relationships; having good social relationships- physically being with others; good diet; exercise; days away from alcohol, time away from technology - phones, tablets, pcs.

Out of the 20 per cent experiencing psychological issues only eight per cent of these may need to seek further help.

In the latest of the series of talks supported by Friends of Wexford General Hospital, Dr Moore highlighted the more serious signs to watch out for and how to differentiate between a normal bad mood and something that might be more serious.

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