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Health & Wellbeing Programmes & Resources (February 2022)

Information is outlined below on some current health and wellbeing programmes and resources, collated by HSE Health Promotion & Improvement, Health and Wellbeing Division, Community Healthcare West. Please share and circulate as appropriate.

Free Online Stress Control Programme

Take Control with Stress Control

HSE Health and Wellbeing are offering the next free online Stress Control programme from Monday February 7th that teaches practical skills to deal with stress. The six sessions are 90 minutes each and cover different topics. Participants are encouraged to watch all sessions, but participants can join at any stage for one or more sessions. To register visit www.stresscontrol.ie

HSE Health & Wellbeing have a free, online mental health and wellbeing programme called Minding Your Wellbeing. This consists of a series of 5 video sessions of 20 minutes – click here or www.yourmentalhealth.ie

Free Online Minding Your Wellbeing Programme

Minding Your Wellbeing

Free online course Managing Stress and Anxiety (40 mins)

A short course on managing stress and anxiety has been developed by the Department of Occupational Therapy in Mental Health in St James’s Hospital. The course is 40 minutes long and broken down into four parts:

1: Introduction, what is occupational therapy, what is stress and anxiety https://youtu.be/Gf7aTG2g3y4

2: Feelings – identifying and coping with them https://youtu.be/SwabTR5eH3Q

3: Thoughts – identifying and coping with them https://youtu.be/5o315FPgBj0

4: Behaviours – identifying and coping with them and a note on goal setting https://youtu.be/xzpR1uQgsmI

Exercise for Wellbeing Videos (Yoga, Pilates, Chair Yoga, Strength and Conditioning)

Free Yoga for Beginners Videos
Free Pilates for Beginners
Chair Yoga for Beginners
Strength and Conditioning for Beginners

Please refer to the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire and if you answer yes to any of the questions asked, you should refer to your GP prior to engaging in any new exercise regime https://bit.ly/2PJRg4Z

Self-management Support – HSE dedicated web page for people with long-term health conditions

Resources for Peope Living With a Long Term Health Condition

Self-management Support
For practical resources that support people to self-manage a long-term health condition, go to:
These resources include:
  • Minding Your Long-Term Health Condition During Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Directory of Resources and Supports during Coronavirus
  • Tips For Self-Managing your Health when living with a long-term health condition
  • Practical, informative videos which support people to self-manage and to stay well

Living Well – Dates for Upcoming Programmes

Living Well - A Program for Adults Living with Long Term Health Conditions
Living Well - A Program for Adults Living with Long Term Health Conditions - Contact Info
Start Date
Finish Date
February 7th
March 14th
10.30am – 1:00pm
March 1st
April 5th
  7:00pm – 9:30pm
March 9th
April 13th
10.30am – 1:00pm

QUIT Smoking West

Stop Smoking for 28 days and you are 5 times more likely to stop for good

Free Quit Smoking West Service
  • Free, confidential support and advice
  • A personal plan and follow-up tailored to you
  • Advice on stop smoking medication to help you deal with cravings
  • Motivational tips to keep you on track
For support or to find out more call Quit Smoking West on 091 737262
Email quitsmoking.west@hse.ie                          www.quit.ie

Alcohol – Reducing the Risk

Standard Drinks - Cancer Prevention

If you are worried about your or someone else’s relationship with alcohol, call the HSE Drug and Alcohol Helpline for confidential information and support.

HSE Drug and Alcohol Helpline
  • Drinks should be spread out over the week
  • Include 2 – 3 alcohol-free days per week
  • No more than 6 standard drinks on any one occasion
  • The less you drink the lower the risk of developing alcohol-related health issues

The HSE provides a comprehensive website for the public on alcohol www.askaboutalcohol.ie

Ask About Alcohol - askaboutalcohol.ie - helpline@hse.ie

Weaning (Online Talk) – Next Session Tuesday February 15


START Campaign

Start Campaign
Let's Go Easy On Threats

The START campaign aims to support parents to achieve small daily wins in adopting a healthy diet and lifestyle for their child. Making small gradual changes and taking breaks from treats will help you succeed in making healthy snacking become the norm at home.

Parents can find support and practical tools, including videos from the experts on how to take a break from treats, on the START campaign website www.makeastart.ie

Sexual Wellbeing

Making the Big Talk many small talks

Having lots of small conversations about relationships, sexuality and consent with your child is more effective than “The Big Talk” Find resources to help on www.sexualwellbeing.ie/for-parents

Steps to Reduce our Cancer Risk Webinar: Feb 4 @1-2pm

Steps to Reduce Our Cancer Risk

The Irish Cancer Prevention Network is hosting a webinar covering practical steps to reduce our cancer risk on Friday 4th @1pm for World Cancer Day.

Learn how we can all take action to reduce cancer risk through a series of presentations and discussions with a panel of experts. Topics include:

  • Eating for health
  • Radon
  • Skin Protection
  • Breastfeeding
  • Know the signs, find cancer early

Register to watch live or receive a link to watch the recorded webinar.

Click Here to Register.


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Choosing A Strong Password

Chains of words, make passwords easy to remember and harder to crack.


To create a password that meets our strength requirements, it’s recommended to use a mix of at least three random words along with a number (not a birthday or 123 etc., just random) and one or more symbols and capitals, but don't capitalize the first letters of the words, e.g.:

  • mower-speaK5shadow
  • table?taPe748goNe.

This password style might not be very common, and it will be much more difficult for computers/bots to crack. It also allows for your passwords to be memorized more easily. Though a password vault may help with that.