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International Men's Day Event - Monday, 20th November 2023

Preventing Suicide Among Men

In honour of International Mens Day, the School of Nursing and Midwifery in the Faculty of Health Sciences hosted a webinar on suicide prevention with Dr Shane O Donnell, Postdoctoral Researcher in the National Centre for Mens Health in SETU Carlow and Sarah Woods, Lead for Strategy Implementation, Stakeholder Engagement and Education at the HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention.

• Context, suicide and self-harm rates and risk and protective factors for suicide in men.

• Policy response and male suicide prevention focused initiatives.

• How to talk about suicide. Signposting to help and support services.

Dr Shane O'Donnell is a postdoctoral researcher in the National Centre for Men's Health in SETU Carlow. He has been working in the area of men's health over the past 7 years, with a particular focus on mental-ill health, suicide prevention, and training development. He is also a member of the advisory committee of the Men's Health Forum in Ireland.

Sarah Woods is Lead for Strategy Implementation, Stakeholder Engagement and Education at the HSE National OIffice for Suicide Prevention. In her role she supports implementation of Ireland’s national suicide reduction strategy, Connecting for Life, and also overseas delivery of suicide prevention nad postvention training.

National Breastfeeding Week 1st October - 7th October 2023

Tuesday, 3rd October 2023

This year’s theme is ‘Making our communities and workplaces more breastfeeding friendly’. It aims to highlight local supports for parents and the recent expansion in the law of breastfeeding breaks during work hours up until to a child’s second birthday.

In celebration of National Breastfeeding Week, The Midwifery Team and Healthy Trinity Committee invited students and staff at the School of Nursing and Midwifery to a coffee afternoon with a Prize Draw in the Foyer of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, 24 D'Olier Street, Dublin 2.

Staff Left to right:

Ms. Ashamole Clive - Clinical Nurse Tutor Midwifery, Ms. Laura O Shea - Assistant Professor, Ms. Emily Moffatt - Teaching Fellow, Ms. Louise Gallager - Assistant Professor and Ms. Margaret Dunlea - Asistant Professor

Midwifery Students Left to right:

Elaine Flanagan, Aimée Collins, Sophie Nolan, Amy Stratford, Suzanne O’Toole, Emma Concannon, Wendy Walton and Jade Wellings

Menopause Café; increasing awareness, a conversation about women’s health at menopause.

Wednesday, 10th May 2023

The event was organised by Dr. Katie O’Connor and Ms. Fiona Brown of the Faculty of Health Sciences and chaired by Dr. Eilish Burke of the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the Trinity Centre for Ageing and Intellectual Disability, Trinity College Dublin (TCD). The event included champions of women’s health Dr. Mary Ryan, Physician, Endocrinologist Lecturer and Author, Ms. Eimear Galvin, Strategic Director and Manager of the Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI), Prof. Fiona Wilson in School of Physiotherapy, Ms. Oonagh O’Hagan, Pharmacist, Owner and Managing Director of Meaghers Pharmacy Group, and our TCAID colleague Ms. Stephanie Corrigan who is currently undertaking a Masters by Research on Menopause, Mental Health and Women with Intellectual Disability.

Each of these champions embraced and emphasised the aims of changing the approach to menopause care, aspiring to increase public awareness and support, and examining creatively a way to make access better to information on women’s health at different stages of life. Most importantly each of these champions were true advocates who wanted to lift the voices of women so that they are active participants in their own health decisions.

Intersectionality Walk

Thursday, 25th April 2023

Developed by the SAGE ACT Regional Network, the Intersectionality Walk is an educational package for understanding how a person’s multiple identities can compound advantage or disadvantage. In the Walk, participants assume realistic, multifaceted personas in simulated work-based scenarios. Each persona has characteristics from vulnerable or minority population groups, for example in terms of their gender, age, socioeconomic status, cultural background, disability and sexuality. The Walk provides a powerful way for participants to visualise how intersectionality plays out in real-life situations. By experiencing workplace scenarios in an assumed persona, participants can more easily empathise with the experiences of others. In guided reflection sessions, participants discuss the challenges of moving away from siloed approaches to organisational change, and identify opportunities to incorporate intersectionality into their gender equity work. The ACT Regional Network measured participants’ understanding of intersectionality before and after completing the Walk. The data showed that after completing the Walk, participants had a greater awareness of how intersectionality relates to workplace inclusion, and of the intersectional approaches they could use to achieve structural change. Although research into the Walk is still ongoing, the initial findings suggest that the Walk is a valuable tool for employers to build an inclusive culture that harnesses the talent of all employees.

Dr. Siobán O Brien Green - Equality Officer - Acting, Ms. Amhairgín Ní Laoi - Athena Swan Project Manager, Prof. Lorraine Leeson - Associate Vice-Provost Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Assoc. Prof. Cate Thomas - Visiting Trinity Fellow from Charles Sturt University, Australia - Leader Intersectionality Walk, Ass. Prof. Dr. Vivienne Brady - Director of Midwifery Programmes and Head of Discipline of Midwifery and Athena SWAN Champion and Ms. Mary Kelly - Allocations Officer.

Hormonal Health with a Focus on Menopause and Andropause

Thursday, 13th April 2023

Catherine O'Keeffe, Menopause Workplace Consultant and founder of Wellness Warrior

This event was facilitated by Catherine O'Keefe. Catherine is a Menopause Workplace Consultant who guides organisations to implement a comprehensive menopause strategy that leads to meaningful change and provides an inclusive view of menopause reflecting the many various forms, including natural menopause, early menopause and andropause. Catherine has helped over 250 companies choose support over silence, including Workday International, StateStreet, Department of Health, Sainsburys, and Microsoft. A former financial services director, Catherine has a deep understanding of the challenges faced in the workplace and menopause.

Dr. Fintan Sheerin - Head of School, Dr. Vivienne Brady - Director of Midwifery Programmes and Head of Discipline of Midwifery and Athena SWAN Champion, Ms Jeni Ryan - Events Manager and Ms Catherine O Keefe - Menopause Workplace Consultant and founder of Wellness Warrior.