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Minding your Mental Health & Wellbeing



Keeping ourselves well physically and mentally is very important at the moment especially during this third lockdown. While we know being physically active and getting out for at least 30 mins a day or developing some sort of routine can enhance our  health and wellbeing, we have required the support of Prof. Daniel Flynn and his colleagues at Cork Kerry Community Healthcare to share some vital information and supports that are available locally for people and their families during this time. 

“COVID-19 has changed how we think, how we feel and how we act day to day. Routines have changed, our children are home from school, many adults have had to work from home, and many have lost their jobs. People have been ill and some have been experienced the emotional pain of bereavement. We want to ensure that, at the current time, we do everything we can to support people in our community as the cope with these new difficult new realities,” Prof. Daniel Flynn. 

Facilitator Bios:

Prof. Daniel Flynn is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland and Principal Psychology Manager co-ordinating Adult and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Psychology Services in the Health Service Executive (HSE) across counties Cork and Kerry, Ireland. He is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Applied Psychology University College Cork (UCC), Ireland. He has accumulated over 20 years experience of working in mental health services. His clinical interests are in working with individuals who struggle to regulate emotions and engage in high risk self harm behaviours and considering the impact of these behaviours on families and systems. In recent years he has focused on considering not only intervention but prevention of mental health distress, looking at both mental health and school based populations. He is the originator of the PSYCHED Initiative working with Cork Health Cities and partner agencies to promote mental health and wellbeing  in workplaces and communities across the city and county.

Dr Rosarie Crowley is a clinical psychologist who graduated from UCD in 2010. She has worked with the HSE in primary care in Cork City with adults since 2013. As well as working one to one with her clients, she regularly delivers a six week program called Stress Control to large audiences in communities across Cork City and county. She also delivers public talks on topics such as mindfulness in libraries across the city and county. She works closely with the libraries on a programme called Your Good Self. This programme highlights books and other resources available in your local library on mental health topics for all ages that have been recommended and reviewed by HSE psychologists.

Judy Wall is a Senior Clinical Psychologist based at St Finbarr’s Hospital who works with Older Adults and their families. She has been working as part of a mental health team for older adults in Cork for almost 20 years, having previously worked in similar services in London. She has particular interests in compassion focussed therapy and mindfulness as well as working with groups of family carers of people with a dementia. She firmly believes in the power of people telling their stories and that age is not a barrier to change.

Ella Lovett has been working as a Clinical Psychologist in various CAMHS teams (Kilkenny/Carlow/South Tipp, Dublin & Cork) for the last 25years and has been based in North Cork CAMHS in Mallow for the last 14years. In addition to this she has worked as Principal Psychologist in CAMHS for Cork & Kerry for the last 4 years, meaning that she has operational responsibility for Psychologists in CAMHS across 10 CAMHS teams as well as the regional eating disorder team (CAREDS) and the adolescent inpatient unit Eist Linn. CAMHS is a multidisciplinary service that works with young people from 0-18years and their families with moderate to severe mental health problems. CAMHS offers a wide range of assessments and interventions. Ella has a special interest in the development of early attachment relationships and how these can mediate the effects of trauma and boost mental health. Among others, Ella is involved in delivering attachment focused parenting interventions such as Circle of Security and Attachment Based Family Therapy. She is also very involved in delivering the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy programme to teens and family members. She is the mother of 3 teens!



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