Ep.62 – Survival Parenting, Youth Anxiety, Disability Services and the Mental Health Crisis

This Reboot Republic Podcast talks to Mark Smyth, Chartered Clinical Psychologist and former president of the Psychological Society of Ireland. Mark provides strategies for surviving parenting in lockdown. He also outlines the impact of the latest COVID lockdown on anxiety and the rise in eating disorders among young teens and the lack of services – that mental health services are at breaking point.

We talk about the need for compassionate and good enough parenting, and the failings in the Disability Act and services – that there is an enshrinement of the right to assessment but not to intervention. Mark also outlines the problems with the with the Assessment of Needs process. There are simply not enough resources being put into disability services and mental health services, as a result our most vulnerable are being left suffering.

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