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Children’s self-care video launched to cope with lockdown stress

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Kerry Mental Health Association has teamed up with a well-known clinical psychologist to help to allay the anxiety that children might feel since the COVID-19 lockdown came into effect over Christmas.

10 years after being crowned the Rose of Tralee, Dr. Clare Kambamettu has created a video to demonstrate how children could overcome stress and to help youngsters who are not feeling great to feel a little bit better.

“The joy of Christmas has been dampened by growing Coronavirus cases, increased hospitalisations, uncertainty about schools reopening and all the other doom and gloom associated with another lockdown," General Manager of Kerry Mental Health Association, John Drummey, said. "Clinical psychologist Dr. Clare Kambamettu, who has extensive experience of working with children, has demonstrated some age-appropriate proven coping techniques.”

The children’s self-care video, which is available to view on social media, includes tips about creating a happy box, setting a worry-time in the day to talk to mum or dad about things that are causing upset, and taking balloon breaths.

Dr. Clare Kambamettu said that things have been very uncertain with so many changes to our everyday life.
“It’s very normal that some people might feel a bit more worried than they used to. I hope the few tips and tricks in the video are helpful in managing some worry during this really difficult time.”

Parents, teachers and childcare providers are encouraged to show the video to children at home or in classrooms when the schools reopen. It can be viewed on Kerry Mental Health Association's Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Kerry Mental Health Association has expressed its appreciation to Dr. Kambamettu for giving her time to record the video.

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Christmas magic begins as Santa arrives in Killarney

Yes, that’s right – Santa Claus took some time out of his very busy schedule and arrived to town for the annual switching on of the Christmas lights and magic […]

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Yes, that’s right – Santa Claus took some time out of his very busy schedule and arrived to town for the annual switching on of the Christmas lights and magic parade.

The streets were lined with children and their families and they’d huge smiles on their faces when they spotted the man in the red coat making his way around the town on the colourful float.

Grace O’Hare was pictured with her dad Conor – she had the best seat in the town to watch Santa Claus as she was perched high on her dad’s shoulders.

It was the same for the Patterson family, Alex, Irene, Catherine and Robert, while Parade safety steward, Marie Brosnan-Leahy, was on hand to make sure everything went off OK.

Killarney Municipal District Councillors, Cllr Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan, Cllr Donal Grady, Cathaoirleach Killarney Municipal District Cllr John O’Donoghue, Cllr Brendan Cronin, Cllr Marie Moloney, also enjoyed the occasion while the Sam Maguire took pride of place and centre stage in Killarney for the annual fun filled event.

And while he was in town Santa took some time off to have a chat with Killarney Advertiser columnist Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan – check it out on page 14 of this week’s edition. 

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Women’s health the focus of HeartBeat meeting

By Sean Moriarty HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week. Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific […]

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By Sean Moriarty

HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week.

Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific discussions on every decade of women’s lives.

Special guest on the evening will be Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr Mary McCaffrey.

“Topics will include hormones and how they affect health from puberty, the importance of bone health, a cameo on female cardiac symptoms, heart health and mid-life, as well as common health symptoms specific to women’s well-being,” said HeartBeat chairman Billy O’Sullivan.

“We welcome women of all ages to this important meeting which is an opportunity not to be missed, especially if you have health worries.”

The meeting will take place at 8pm at the Parish Centre on Park Road.

It will be followed by a Q&A session and there is an optional blood pressure and pulse clinic from 7.30pm.

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