RTE Today Show – Infant mental health

(15th Oct 2018)

Babies are hardwired to develop a social connection with their primary caregiver, usually their mum or their dad. Without this relationship they would not survive. It is within the sacred crucible of the most important first relationship, the parent-infant bond, that our sense of self and the world develops.

Positive infant mental health is synonymous with a child’s ability to form secure relationships, to regulate their emotions, to explore their environment and to learn and develop cognitive capacities across the lifespan.

The quality of the child-parent attachment bond is the foundation for a child’s emotional regulation, which will provide them with a "psychological immune system" for dealing with stressful situations in the future and promote emotional wellbeing and future resilience.

Research points to a critical window of opportunity that exists in the first three years of life, where the brain develops as much as 90% of its wiring, which is impacted significantly by the baby's experience of everyday interactions with their caregiver.

Originally derived from Unicef and the W.H.O. Baby Friendly Initiative, Galway Parent Network alongside the Galway City Early Years Committee, created 4 posters containing simple evidence-based messages positively framed to emphasise human's innate abilities to look after their babies, to promote the child-parent attachment and to dispel common parenting myths. Our aim was to show how everyday parenting moments provide us with precious opportunities to build connection and strengthen our children's resilience.

 

 

For copies of the posters see:
https://www.cypsc.ie/…/Galway/GPN-Building-Baby-A4Crops-011…

For my RTE Brainstorm piece on "How to Build a Happy Baby" see:
https://www.rte.ie/…/03…/945352-how-to-build-a-happy-baby/--

RTE Today Show - Infant mental health

Posted by Dr. Malie Coyne on Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Walk In My Shoes Radio 2018 – Children’s Mental Health

(10th Oct 2018)

Colman Noctor, me and Bressie talking about children's mental health and sharing top tips for managing worries.

Podcast was part of World Mental Health Day School Special Programme broadcast on 'Walk In My Shoes' Radio to all primary schools around Ireland on 10th October 2018

Podcast 1:  50.30 mins - 59.30 mins.
Podcast 2: 0 - 3.53 mins & 25.16 mins - 36.51

 

RTE ‘Stressed’ documentary

(23rd May 2018)

'The insatiable need to succeed may come from a painful place in our childhoods, which can result in us having real difficulty in nurturing ourselves, as we may not have experienced a consistent model of soothing from a parent as we were growing up.

If a person hasn't been soothed adequately as a child, then it’s very difficult to know how to instinctively self-soothe in adulthood. This can lead to them ignoring stress alerts and not seeking much needed help and social support'.

I was delighted to feature in this two part 'Stressed' documentary from Firebrand Productions and also to be the Psychology Consultant for this production.

Here is a clip from Part 1 of the documentary which aired on RTE1 in May 2017.

 

Unseen clips from RTE ‘Stressed’ documentary

(23rd May 2018)

Unseen clips from RTE 'Stressed' documentary

What is compassion focused therapy?

What is cognitive behavioural therapy?

Building resilience in children

 

Mental Health Laid Bare podcasts

Listen back to a collection of "Mental Health Laid Bare" podcasts, which were originally broadcast on Dublin City FM. On them I offer guests a chance to openly discuss their personal struggles with mental health and share their tools for wellbeing. I also interview professionals in the field, and those with a particular vantage point. 

You can listen back to all the podcasts here; mentalhealthlaidbare.com/podcasts

Click below to listen to a compilation of extracts from my shows

RTE Today Show – When friendships break down

We learn who we are through our relationships. Friendships are the key to long-term emotional and physical health. Humans are a deeply social species whose most joyful and sad moments arise from the fulfilling or lack of “belonging” with close others.
But what happens when a friendship breaks down? This can be experienced as a huge loss. You have lost someone dear to you.
That person who you used to be close with, is no longer in your life, or at least, not at this time.
It hurts. Really bad. If a romantic relationship you are in breaks down there’s a full stop and you generally get sympathy. But there’s none of that when friendships stop.
There’s no guidebook on how to manage. Here are some suggestions to help you to cope from my RTE Today segment:

When friendships break down...
We learn who we are through our relationships. Friendships are the key to long-term...

Posted by Dr. Malie Coyne on Saturday, May 26, 2018

RTE Today Show – Controlling people

(9th April 2018)

"People who can't control themselves control the people around them.
When you rely on someone for a positive reflected sense of self, you invariably try to control him or her."

Insecurities, the environment of one's upbringing, or a tragic past, often play a role in a controlling person's need for dominance in their lives. The experience of insecure attachment, abuse or neglect can make people look for ways to regain control of their lives, almost as a defence and a way of gaining much needed predictability which may have been lacking in childhood.

The need for control drives people to turn to the external world in order to find things they can control and to divert away from their unbearable inner feelings. They may be compelled to micromanage and orchestrate the actions and behaviours of others sometimes leading to the painful abuse of others (including emotional, physical, sexual abuse, neglect and bullying). Alternatively, they may maintain rigid rules regarding routine, diet, or cleanliness and order, and exhibit mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and personality disorders.

 

The best way to manage the situation is to access support from friends, family and trained professionals, to look at what is driving everyday behaviour patterns, and to work on building soothing and self-compassion into your life. Helpful websites include www.safeireland.ie and www.amen.ie.

RTE Today Show - Controlling people

"People who can't control themselves control the people around them.

Posted by Dr. Malie Coyne on Wednesday, April 11, 2018

RTE Today Show – Psychopaths V Sociopaths

(26th Feb 2018)

Learning more about the characteristics of psychopaths versus sociopaths was seriously fascinating research for this week's instalment of the RTE Today show.

Both falling under the umbrella of Antisocial Personality Disorder, I described sociopathy as a 'teenage' form of psychopathy in that sociopaths tend to be nervous and easily agitated often living on the fringes of society. A psychopath is much more cold and calculating, often very charismatic and occupying high powered jobs.

The origins of each are food for thought in terms of reduced connections between the prefrontal cortex (empathy and guilt) and the amygdala (fear and anxiety). We also talked about the horrific crimes committed by Adolf Hitler and Ted Bundy.

Learning more about the characteristics of psychopaths versus sociopaths was seriously fascinating research for this...

Posted by Dr. Malie Coyne on Wednesday, February 28, 2018

RTE Today Show – Alcohol Misuse

(19th Feb 2018)

We need to increase awareness of the impact of parental alcohol misuse on children's well-being and support parents in giving their children the best head start in life. Harmful drinking can change a reliable caring parent into an unpredictable one.

Guilt and shame can be a significant barrier preventing parents from accessing much needed support. Children also experience a hidden shame as they desperately want to remain loyal to their parents.

A supportive person in a child's life can be hugely protective. If you are concerned about a child please speak to the parent and encourage them to get support and / or contact Child and Family Agency - Tusla. You can also read more in my article here: http://drmaliecoyne.ie/impact-parental-alcohol-misuse/

RTE Today Show - Parental Alcohol Misuse

Posted by Dr. Malie Coyne on Tuesday, February 20, 2018

RTE Today Show – Narcissism

(12st Feb 2018)

Making light of Narcissism and Narcissistic Personality Disorder misses out on the seriousness of its origins. The combination of grandiose self-importance, hunger for attention, feelings of worthlessness and lack of empathy stem from a deep childhood wound.

With very inconsistent or unresponsive parenting, a child does not develop a secure sense of self and fails to form strong and enduring adult relationships. The strong feelings projected onto others and the damage caused are immeasurable. For more here is my segment from the RTE Today Show with the lovely Maura and Daithi!

RTE Today Show - Narcissism

Making light of Narcissism and Narcissistic Personality Disorder misses out on the seriousness of its origins. The combination of grandiose self-importance, hunger for attention, feelings of worthlessness and lack of empathy stem from a deep childhood wound. With very inconsistent or unresponsive parenting, a child does not develop a secure sense of self and fails to form strong and enduring adult relationships. The strong feelings projected onto others and the damage caused are immeasurable. For more here is my segment from the RTE Today Show with the lovely Maura and Daithi!

Posted by Dr. Malie Coyne on Tuesday, February 13, 2018

What are children watching on Youtube?

(11th Dec 2017)

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Interview with Shane Coleman on Newstalk Breakfast

What is the complex relationship between use of social media and mental health? Parents need to monitor children's use of social media, put down boundaries & become 'digital mentors' all within the confines of a relationship of TRUST.  

Click on the image to listen to the podcast.

The Little Book of Sound

(11th Dec 2017)

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Interview with Ciara Kelly on Newstalk Lunchtime Live

To follow from the recent feelgood A Lust for Life #Soundeffect campaign, I shared the main messages from bestselling The Little Book of Sound I co-wrote with Bressie and Susan Quirke.

The perfect storm is your brain's negativity bias coupled with the bombardment of negativity in the media. What to do? Self-compassion, gratitude & mindfulness. 

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Newstalk Breakfast – Quarter Life Crisis

(30th Nov 2017)

According to a new study by LinkedIn, 72% of young professionals have experienced a quarter life crisis. Here I discuss the study findings with Shane Coleman (Newstalk Breakfast) and my views on the unique challenges faced by the millennial generation.

Full podcast here Newstalk - Quarter Life Crisis

Vogue Williams ‘My Anxious Life’

(13th Oct 2017)

My appearance on the Vogue Williams documentary 'My Anxious Life' which aired on RTE.

I was also the Psychology Consultant for this episode.

 

Walk In My Shoes Radio 2017

(13th Oct 2017)

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Together with Pat O'Mahony, I had the pleasure of presenting the final show of 'Walk In My Shoes' radio 2017.  (Friday 13th October 2017 - 7pm to 9pm)

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It’s #Timetotalk this World Mental Health Day 2017

(10th Oct 2017)

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To mark World Mental Health Day in Ireland this year, iRadio’s ‘The Hub’ with Dave Duke teamed up with Pieta House for a live broadcast at 56 Central, 5 Shop Street, Galway City on October 10th.

Read more here.

Click on the image to listen to me being interviewed.

Drug & Alcohol Task Force seminar

(26th Sept 2017)

Western Region Drug & Alcohol Task Force seminar 'Alcohol & Pregnancy' 26th September 2017 Galway. This was a ground-breaking event to be a part of where I raised awareness of 'Alcohol in pregnancy and it's impact on Infant Mental Health'. Watch my presentation back here.. 

Also, here is a review of the seminar by the U.S. mental health website Mental Daily: Alcohol & Pregnancy: Ireland Looks Towards The Future of Infant Mental Health

Laya Healthcare – Back to School – Facebook live Q&A

(21st August 2017)

Live streaming Q&A on Laya Healthcare Facebook page on starting school, and returning back to school following the summer holidays.

Click here to read my blog: Is your child starting primary school this year?

We were LIVE with Dr. Malie Coyne who answered your back to school questions!

Posted by Laya Healthcare on Monday, August 21, 2017

Concerns that Social Media Harms Mental Health

(16th Aug 2017)

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Interview with Shane Coleman on Newstalk Breakfast

In her newly published book IGen, Jean Twenge has made a link between smartphone / social media use and poorer mental health outcomes. I discuss my experience of the impact on teenagers from my clinical experience.

Click on the image to listen to the podcast.

Laya Healthcare – Student Wellbeing During Exams – Facebook live Q&A

(16th June 2017)

Live streaming Q&A on Laya Healthcare Facebook page on wellbeing during exams for exam students and their parents.

Click to read my blog: How to Strengthen Your Child’s Endurance During Exams

Laya Live with Dr. Malie Coyne

Dr. Malie Coyne is now live, answering your questions about stress and anxiety during the Junior and Leaving Certificate exams, don't forget to tune in!

Posted by Laya Healthcare on Friday, June 16, 2017

Newstalk with Ciara Kelly discussing kids and trauma

 (3rd June 2017)

Following Geoffrey Shannon's audit into An Garda Siochana's handling of removal of children from their homes in cases of emergency, I emphasise why child protection should be the government's top priority, as children rely solely on adults to keep them safe. I also discuss how parents can respond to a child who has suffered a traumatic event.

Newstalk with Dr. Ciara Kelly

Following Geoffrey Shannon's audit into An Garda Siochana's handling of removal of children from their homes in cases of emergency, I emphasise why child protection should be the government's top priority, as children rely solely on adults to keep them safe. I also discuss how parents can respond to a child who has suffered a traumatic event.

Posted by Dr. Malie Coyne on Saturday, June 3, 2017

 

 CLICK TO LISTEN TO PODCAST

 (26th May 2017)

Should parents discuss terrorism with their children?

Dr. Malie Coyne interviewed by Shane Coleman (Newstalk Breakfast)

My heart goes out to those affected by the recent tragedy in Manchester. For many looking in, the attacks have shattered our core belief in the world being a 'safe' place.

How can we as parents help our children to restore that sense of safety? Based on my experience of working with children and families, my top tips can help you to look out for signs of trauma and help children to navigate this difficult time.

 

TV3 Elaine show – Sharing my anorexia story

 (20th Mar 2017)

On the Elaine show on TV3 I shared my teenage battle with anorexia and offered some advice to those affected and their loved ones.

For more on my story read the article written by Caitriona McMahon.

TV3 Elaine show - Malie Coyne

Me on the Elaine show on TV3 yesterday where I shared my teenage battle with anorexia and offer some advice to those affected and their loved ones

Posted by Dr. Malie Coyne on Tuesday, March 21, 2017

‘Alive and Kicking’ interview with Ciara Kelly (Newstalk)

 (8th Jan 2017)

Watch my Newstalk 'Alive and Kicking' interview with the cool Ciara Kelly where I share practical tips for The Sunday Business Post 'Mind and Mental Wellbeing' Plan.

Find out how to identify your core values and why you need to increase nourishing activities in your life before you can set goals for 2017!

Newstalk podcast - Mind and Mental Wellbeing Plan

Watch today's Newstalk 'Alive and Kicking' interview with the cool Ciara Kelly where I share practical tips for The Sunday Business Post 'Mind and Mental Wellbeing' Plan. Find out how to identify your core values and why you need to increase nourishing activities in your life before you can set goals for 2017!

Posted by Dr. Malie Coyne on Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Sunday Business Post – Jan 2017 Health & Wellbeing Plan

(1st Jan 2017)

Each of us holds individual values sacred, which tell the story of who we are and what is important to us. If we closely align our personal goals with the things we most value, we will feel happier and find better balance.

Check out my 4 week Mind and Mental Wellbeing Plan beginning on 1st January 2017 in The Sunday Business Post.

SBP Health & Wellbeing

Don't miss week two of our brilliant free health and wellbeing plan to get you back on track for 2017 - only in this weekend's Sunday Business Post.

Posted by The Business Post on Friday, January 6, 2017

“Mastering Stress and The Game of Exams” – Zeminar Youth Summit 2016 (RDS Dublin)

(11th Oct 2016)

I was delighted to share the best bits of my A Lust for Life Exam Stress Management course with Fifth and Leaving Cert students to help them approach exams like preparing for a marathon.

I also cover how the optimum amount of stress can be harnessed for a good performance. Have a watch if you are interested in stress at all. Also useful for teachers and parents. 

 

Mastering Exam Stress

Dr Malie Coyne, Clinical Psychologist speaks about Mastering Exam Stress at Zeminar, a must watch for all students, parents and teachers.

Posted by Zeminar on Monday, March 13, 2017

2016 Glaxosmithkline Ireland Impact award winning charity NURTURE

I was honoured to be asked to feature in this powerful video for the 2016 Glaxosmithkline Ireland Impact award winning charity NURTURE, which offers a nationwide no wait list counselling service to women during conception, pregnancy and childbirth. 

"About 10% of women suffer from Postnatal Depression. There is a stigma around mental health generally, but in terms of maternal mental health I think it's difficult for mothers to reach out and to say they need help ~ With Nurture what I admire about them is this no wait list policy so it means that within a week or two, the woman will get seen ~ It's all about nurturing the mother to nurture herself but also to nurture her relationship with her baby". 

Nurture - GSK Ireland Impact Award

@nurturecharity - Providing counselling and support for maternal mental health illnesses #GSKIrelandIMPACT

Posted by Dr. Malie Coyne on Sunday, January 1, 2017

 

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Here is a podcast of me being interviewed by PPI Gold Award winning presenter Ms. Aisling Riordan on "Walk in My Shoes" radio, Ireland's only all-digital pop-up radio station, on 12th October 2016.

In honour of World Mental Health Awareness Week, I shared the foundations of children's mental health and what parents can do to nurture their children's well being. I also gave my views on the need to adequately resource primary care services, as early intervention is key in preventing more significant mental health issues. I also spoke about A lust for Life's Social Enterpreneurs Ireland Impact award win and my proud role as their designated First Follower.  (14 min 30 secs - 30 min 40 secs)

The Future is Unwritten – Electric Picnic 2016 – Hosted by A Lust For Life

The Future is Unwritten

Posted by A Lust For Life on Sunday, September 4, 2016

The Future is Unwritten at #EP2016

Posted by A Lust For Life on Sunday, September 4, 2016

Above...  I joined Minister for Health Simon Harris in a lively discussion entitled “The Future is Unwritten” on the future of mental health which was chaired by Roisin Ingles, from the Irish Times. This was part of a dedicated new mental health and wellbeing stage at Electric Picnic hosted by A Lust for Life, a new non-profit wellbeing movement set up by mental health campaigner Niall Breslin (Bressie).

The panel lineup (from left to right) was - Minister for Health Simon Harris, Tomas O’Ruairc from the Teaching Council of Ireland, Dr. Malie Coyne Clinical Psychologist, Blindboy Boatclub of the Rubber Bandits and Brian Higgins CEO of Pieta House.

Following the event, I reflected for the Wicklow Voice: “I was honoured to be involved in such an important conversation on the future of mental health in this country. Having Minister Harris present was a huge opportunity for each of us to map out our diverse ideas for progress going forward. Personally I was delighted that Minister Harris acknowledged my ideas on the need to adequately resource primary care services; and the importance of prioritising Infant and Perinatal Mental Health to fully support parents and give children the best head start in life”.

 

Malie Coyne - Dublin City FM

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Me being interviewed by Dublin City FM radio presenter JJ Clarke on his “Healthy Living” show on 30th May 2016.

I share how happiness and wellbeing needs to be worked at on a daily basis to keep you well. This includes identifying the things you need to do to keep yourself well, from the basics of looking after your body and mind, to making the most out of your daily routine, to coping through tougher times. I discuss the importance of engaging in nourishing as opposed to depleting activities, and the crucial relationship between mood and daily activities. I also talk about the importance of identifying and honouring your core values in making decisions about how to live your life.

 

Malie Coyne Today FM

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With Bressie on the Anton Savage show on Today FM on 20th April 2016 - discussing A Lust for Life's new 5 week stress management course, designed for Junior Cert and Leaving Cert students.

The weeks before exam-time can be a really stressful time, which is totally understandable given the amount of pressure you may be experiencing. You are not alone in how you feel. We discuss week 1 of my stress management course for students and parents. You may worry you haven't studied enough, or that you won’t live up to people's expectations. It doesn’t help that everyone talks about exams non-stop...

 

 

Dr. Malie Coyne 2FM

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Here is a podcast of my radio interview with the comical Stephen Byrne on the 2FM Eoghan McDermott show, which links with the A Lust for Life Exam Stress Management course. I discuss the practical measures you can take to mind your body and mind during the marathon that is the exams.

Similar to professional athletes, I share how you can improve your performance by visualising yourself being calm and confident during an exam, and feeling excited to RISE UP to the challenge ahead. I give your parents advice on trying to remain calm, on acknowledging your mixed feelings and most of all giving you lots of encouragement during this tough time. May the force be with you! 

 

 

Below is a collection of podcasts from my Clare FM parenting slot in 2015, where I gave advice and answered questions on topics such as bullying, discipline, feelings, self esteem, parental self-care and more..

 

 

Malie Coyne Clare FM

CHRISTMAS PODCAST

How to navigate a family Christmas – Clare FM’s Morning Focus radio show hosted by Gavin Grace on 18th December 2015

Christmas is meant to be happy families right?! It is such special time for many of us but can also come with its challenges, not least noisy, tired and sugar coated kids in confined spaces! Gavin as usual tries to play "Devil's Advocate", whilst I refer to him as "Scrooge" and we agree on "The Grinch"! A bit of banter for our last 2015 broadcast. Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and all my best for 2016!

 

 

 

 

 

Malie Coyne Clare FM

PLAY PODCAST

The importance of play – Clare FM’s Morning Focus radio show hosted by Gavin Grace on 4th December 2015

Play drives children's development. Prioritizing "play time" with your child holds huge benefits for them in terms of them learning about their feelings, and improving their social, emotional, motor and brain development. I also discuss the importance of unstructured time and "letting your kids' brains turn to mush" given our modern busy lives, which will help them to really process all they have learnt...

 

 

 

 

 

Malie Coyne Clare FM

BULLYING PODCAST

Bullying – Clare FM’s Morning Focus radio show hosted by Gavin Grace on 20th November 2015

How would you know and what would you do if your child was being bullied? There is a fine balance between protecting and empowering your child. Here's more on why it's important to stay calm and really listen to their experience before doing anything... Also more on cyberbullying and what to do if your child is the alleged 'bully'...

 

 

 

 

 

Malie Coyne Clare FM

FEELINGS PODCAST

Feelings – Clare FM’s Morning Focus radio show hosted by Gavin Grace on 6th November 2015

For me there is nothing more validating than someone taking the time to really listen and to acknowledge my feelings. As a parent you have the power to improve your children's emotional health by doing just that, which was the topic for my parenting slot on Clare FM this week.

 

 

 

 

 

Malie Coyne Clare FM

DISCIPLINE PODCAST

Discipline – Clare FM’s Morning Focus radio show hosted by Gavin Grace on 27th October 2015

Managing children's behaviour is a perfect opportunity to help your children with their feelings and here's why ... Also my views on positive parenting and the "naughty" step, star charts and how to stop your kids fighting over that Xbox!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Malie Coyne Clare FM

SELF-ESTEEM PODCAST

Self-Esteem – Clare FM’s Morning Focus radio show hosted by Gavin Grace on 20th October 2015

Who influences your child's self-esteem and what practical steps can you take to help as a parent? Also my answers relating to a withdrawn little boy who has just started school, a girl who is too scared to sleep in her own room, and tips on encouraging a not very talkative 4 year old....

 

 

 

 

 

Malie Coyne Clare FM

PARENTAL SELF CARE PODCAST

Parental Self-Care – Clare FM’s Morning Focus radio show hosted by Gavin Grace on 18th September 2015

Parental self-care,  and importance of parents minding themselves - in the context of National Parents' Week.

 

 

 

My interview with Dolores Andrew-Gavin for the 2017 Global Emotional Health Summit

(19th Jan 2017)

What are the key INGREDIENTS needed to nurture your child's emotional health and to boost their resilience as they grow older?

What is the balance needed between boundaries and love? What is the critical window of opportunity that is #infantmentalhealth?

Here is my video interview with Dolores Andrew-Gavin for the 2017 Global Emotional Health Summit

Global Emotional Health Summit Interview

What are the key INGREDIENTS for a child's emotional health?