Over the last eighteen months, staff working with the HSE Health Promotion & Improvement have been busy developing a collection of health & wellbeing podcasts in partnership with a wide range of support agencies from the statutory, community and voluntary sector.  

Offaly Talks, Longford Talks, Westmeath Talks, Kildare Talks and Laois Connects Podcasts have been created as a wellbeing resource for anyone experiencing a personal difficulty and need some guidance and support to resolve it. So far, there has been 58 podcasts recorded, featuring 116 guests, representing over seventy different agencies, giving fascinating insights into the experience and knowledge gained by staff supporting individuals and communities with personal difficulties. An example of topics include parenting issues, domestic abuse, men’s health, addiction, mental health recovery and employment related issues (to name a few).   

Former Governor of Mountjoy Prison and author of ‘The Governor’, John Lonergan, and best-selling author of ‘Cotton Wool Kids’ and Counsellor & Psychotherapist Stella O’Malley, have both contributed to these podcasts, sharing their insights on parenting, personal development and community issues.

Emer Smyth, Health Promotion and Improvement Manager, Health and Wellbeing, CHO 8 Midlands Louth Meath said, “it is important that people living in our communities are aware of the large array of supports that exist to help them to stay well and to work their way through difficulties that happen as is normal in life.  The conversations like the work in health promotion are broad in range and topic and give a flavour of the work our team are involved in every day”

Karen Heavey, Health Promotion & Improvement / Health & Wellbeing Manager for Dublin South, Kildare, West Wicklow Community Healthcare said “These are really useful podcasts that capture a conversation about the work across a broad range of Health Promotion Health and Wellbeing topics. It puts a human voice on the valuable services delivered in communities and opportunities to avail of and link in with these services”.

Developer and host of the podcasts, Anthony O’Prey, HSE Health Promotion Officer, said “these podcasts give our communities an opportunity to listen to the voice of support that is available to them within their locality. I would encourage everyone to listen to these conversations and share them among your loved ones; they are an invaluable resource especially during these challenging times”     

Offaly Talks, Longford Talks, Westmeath Talks, Kildare Talks and Laois Connects Podcasts have been created through a collaborative partnership with HSE Health Promotion & Improvement (Midlands Louth Meath CH08 and Dublin South, Kildare West Wicklow CHO7), HSE Resource Office of Suicide Prevention (Laois Offaly), Offaly Local Development Company, Laois Partnership Company, Westmeath Community Development, Longford Community Resources Clg and County Kildare LEADER Partnership. To access any of these podcasts, click on the link below or search using your Spotify app.


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The 10th Global Conference on health promotion took place between the 13th and 15th of December 2021. 

The objectives of the conference were to:

  • discuss how to extend health promotion to advance well-being and equity, building on evidence and experience, to foster healthier populations.
  • identify realistic interventions for health promotion and well-being to accelerate progress in achieving the SDGs.
  • emphasize the role of health promotion in public health emergency preparedness and response, and seize opportunities to build healthier, fairer societies.
  • explore innovative health promotion approaches to enable societies and communities to flourish.

At the end of Conference, they issued a high-level political statement that recommends how governments can use health promotion to advance well-being.  

You can view the statement here

It has long been recognised that health promotion plays a pivotal role in society and this is underpinned by recent government policies and strategies that aim to improve the health and wellbeing of everyone living in Ireland. In order to facilitate these policies and strategies, it is essential that the Health Promotion profession have the knowledge, skills, and competencies required to translate policy, theory, and research into effective action. This is critical to ensure accountable, ethical, and efficient practice. 

Yesterday we launched our Health Promotion Professionalism Statement at the HPRC Annual Health Promotion Conference. It is another step towards developing standards for Health Promotion Practitioners working in Ireland. We would encourage you to share this document with any of your colleagues who are working in Health Promotion. By working together we can improve the health and wellbeing of all in society. 

Click here to see the full statement. 

AHPI welcomed the publication earlier in the week of the new National Mental Health Policy – ‘Sharing the Vision – A Mental Health Policy for all’. This provides a valuable roadmap for the provision of mental health services in Ireland over the next 10 years.

The new policy focuses on mental health promotion, recovery, the prevention of mental ill health and early intervention. We specifically welcome the recognition of the various components, personal and societal that influence mental health through the ‘Determinants of Health’ model. The policy also recognises the need for a whole of population, whole of government approach to the success and delivery of mental health services.

The policy highlights many of our Health Promotion Competencies we as practitioner align our work to, with specific focus on the Implementation of policy level action across the lifetime.  

We wish all our colleagues every success in applying and delivering on this new policy over the next 10 years.


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There are a number of current vacancies in Jigsaw’s Mental Health Promotion Department, application details can be found here 
These include three Youth Mental Health Promotion roles as follows:

·         Youth Mental Health Promotion Coordinator | Education Settings (Full-time, fixed term, 3 years)

·         Youth Mental Health Promotion Coordinator | Community Settings (Full-time, fixed purpose, 8 months)

·         eLearning Design Officer (Full-time, permanent)

There is also a vacancy for a Youth Participation Manager (full-time, permanent).

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Formed in 1997, the Association for Health Promotion Ireland provides a forum through which health promotion professionals can exchange knowledge and ideas.