Welcome to Longford Talks; a collection of conversations with the dedicated people who help the communities & people of Longford to flourish. So listen and enjoy as we learn more about how their work can help us stay healthy, active & connected!
Health Promotion Officer
(Mental Health Promotion)
Longford Talks Podcasts have been developed and produced by the HSE Health Promotion and Improvement Team, Midlands Louth Meath CHO, and supported by Longford Community Resources clg.
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Longford Talks: Season 1
Episode 1: It Takes a Village
In this podcast we explore the important role communities can play in supporting the development of young people. We discuss how our community can help us develop a sense of belonging and support us though challenging times. With special guests, John Lonergan, former Governor of Mountjoy Prison & Author and Peter Masterson, Community Development Worker with Longford Community Resources CLG.
Episode 2: Building a Brighter Future
In this podcast we discuss the building blocks that we need to build our career, what blocks us from reaching our potential and how to over-come them. With special guests, Rita Slevin, Education and Employment Mediator with Longford Community Resources CLG and Cathy Lynch, Enterprise Officer with Longford Community Resources CLG.
Episode 3: The Impact of Domestic Abuse on Families & Children
In this podcast we discuss the damaging impact domestic abuse has on family life, including the detrimental impact it can have on children. We also learn how to recognise warning signs and make referrals to appropriate support services. With special guests, Heather McKenna & Natalie O’ Reilly, Domestic Violence Specialists working with Longford Women’s Link Domestic Violence Service.
Episode 4: Women on the Farm
In this podcast we discuss the essential role women play in farming. With special guests, Finola Colgan, Development Officer with Mental Health Ireland (and farmer) and Con Halton, Co-ordinator of the Rural Social Scheme with Longford Community Resources CLG.
Episode 5: Men’s Health
In this podcast we explore how men view their role within society and how this can influence their health and behaviour. With special guests, Mary Nevin, Longford Primary Health Care Project for Travellers and Tony Owens, former project co-ordinator with Longford Primary Healthcare Project for Travellers and new co-ordinator of Roscommon Social Prescribing Project.
Episode 6: Families Supporting Mental Health Recovery
In this podcast we discuss the important role families can play in supporting their loved ones recover from mental ill-health. With special guests, Sara Cox and Jason Dowling, Information & Support Officers with Shine, a national mental health support service.
Episode 7: Supporting Young People Coming Out
In this podcast we explore the many difficult challenges young people face when coming out. We also discuss how parents and teachers can offer more support to help their young people better. With special guests, Deborah Shirlaw and Mark Noble, Youth Workers with Longford Community Resources’ County Longford Youth Service.
Episode 8: Teenagers & Education
In this podcast we discuss some of the challenges young people (and parents) experience during their school years and how parents and teachers can support them more. With special guests Sean O’ Suilleabhain, Co-ordinator of Longford Town Youthreach and Michéal Wall, Youth Worker with Longford Community Resources’ County Longford Youth Service.
Episode 9: The Modern Family (Part 1)
In this podcast we explore the modern family, how it has evolved and changed over the years, the strengths of family and the challenges it faces in a modern Ireland. With special guests Grainne Powell and Fiona Gallagher, HSE Health Promotion & Improvement Officers with extensive experience working in the area of parenting, family support and health & wellbeing.
Episode 10: The Modern Family (Part 2)
In this podcast we delve further into modern family life and explore some of the common challenges facing parents as they raise their children. We discuss topics like teenage independence, sexual health and managing teenage moods. With special guests Grainne Powell and Fiona Gallagher, HSE Health Promotion & Improvement Officers with extensive experience working in the area of parenting, family support and health & wellbeing.
Episode 11: Learning with our Community
In this podcast we explore the valuable impact lifelong learning can have in our lives and the many personal, social and societal benefits adult & community education can offer us and our communities. With special guests Fiona Murphy, Further Education & Training Guidance Counsellor with Longford Westmeath Education and Training Board and Conor Magrath, Community Education Facilitator in Co. Longford with Longford Westmeath Education and Training Board.
Episode 12: Supporting Families, Building Communities
In this podcast we explore the essential role Family Resources Centres can play in supporting our families, children and communities to overcome the many social and personal challenges we often face in life. With special guests, Grace Kearney, Manager, Bridgeways Family Resource Centre, Ballymahon, and Eileen Finan, Manager, Lus Na Gréine Family Resource Centre, Granard, County Longford.
Episode 13: The Power of Gratitude
In this podcast we explore some of the proven ways in which we can protect and nurture our mental health and wellbeing. From the practice of gratitude to the act of giving, we reflect on what we can do each day to help ourselves feel better. With special guests, Michele Baker, HSE Health Promotion & Improvement Officer and Finola Colgan, Development Officer with Mental Health Ireland.