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Or­gan­is­ers of the Knit­ting and Stitch­ing Show are pro­mot­ing the mind­ful qual­i­ties of crafting in ad­vance of the show at the RDS, Balls­bridge, Dublin, from Novem­ber 8th-11th. “We are all liv­ing in­creas­ingly busy lives so tak­ing time out to en­joy some crafting is a great way to be mind­ful. It can help re­duce stress, it’s a great way to con­nect with peo­ple and have a pos­i­tive im­pact on our brains as it forces us to slow down, says psy­chother­a­pist Roisin Whe­lan who has part­nered with the show this year. At­ten­dants can also go to the “Mind­ful­ness Han­gout” to work on their own tex­tile project and get ideas and tips from other crafters.

The en­vi­ron­men­tal anti-lit­ter cam­paign, Leave No Trace Ire­land, is ask­ing schools to swap the desks for the out­doors one day in Novem­ber as part of Out­door Class­room Day 2018. The in­ter­na­tional ini­tia­tive aims to in­spire children to spend more time en­joy­ing the out­door life, tak­ing in fresh air and par­tic­i­pat­ing in fun ex­er­cise. This Novem­ber’s cam­paign will cen­tre on the ben­e­fit of risky play and learn­ing in school grounds and out­door spa­ces. Maura Lyons, CEO of Leave No Trace Ire­land, says, “We know that out­door learn­ing and play is cru­cial to a child’s de­vel­op­ment, health and well­be­ing: it in­creases so­cial skills, imag­i­na­tion, en­gage­ment with learn­ing and con­cen­tra­tion, whilst giv­ing children the op­por­tu­nity to con­nect with na­ture and get away from the com­puter screen.”

The De­men­tia Ser­vices In­for­ma­tion and De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre will hold a con­fer­ence on the role of arts in de­men­tia care on Thursday, Novem­ber 15th, in the Na­tional Gallery, Dublin. En­ti­tled “One Thursday at the Gallery”, its speak­ers will dis­cuss mu­sic, theatre and art in the morn­ing, and Azure work­shops (a pro­gramme ded­i­cated to mak­ing art gal­leries and mu­se­ums de­men­tia in­clu­sive) and vir­tual re­al­ity, and a silent disco will be held in the af­ter­noon. The event will be of in­ter­est to peo­ple with de­men­tia and their fam­i­lies, arts pro­fes­sion­als, health and so­cial care pro­fes­sion­als, psy­chol­o­gists, clin­i­cians and re­search fel­lows. Book­ing on onethurs­day.eventbrite.ie

Food for Thought: Eat­ing Dis­or­ders in a Mod­ern So­ci­ety is the theme of St Pa­trick’s men­tal health ser­vice’s an­nual Founder’s Day Con­fer­ence on Novem­ber 30th at St Pa­trick’s Univer­sity Hospi­tal. Held with Body­whys, the ple­nary lec­ture will be de­liv­ered by Prof Janet Trea­sure, a psy­chi­a­trist who spe­cialises in eat­ing dis­or­ders at King’s Col­lege, Lon­don. Tick­ets on stpatricks.ie/events

Psy­chol­o­gist Ni­amh Fitz­patrick will give a free pub­lic talk en­ti­tled Re­silience in the Real World in the Clay­ton Whites Ho­tel, Wex­ford on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 7th, at 6.30pm. She will speak about ways to cope with dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions in such a way that you can bounce back and en­gage with life again. The an­nual Psy­cho­log­i­cal So­ci­ety of Ire­land con­fer­ence will be held in the same venue from Novem­ber 7th-10th. Book­ing for the free talk at psy­cho­log­i­cal­so­ci­ety.ie

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