Session 1:

At Home Activities Booklet: Benefits and Considerations for Use

This free zoom session was hosted by Engaging Dementia on Monday 29th June, 2020.

Session 2:

Why we all need to learn Mental Health First Aid

This free zoom session was hosted by Engaging Dementia on Monday 6th July, 2020.

Emma discussed about the At Home Activities booklet, why it is necessary to develop and the impact of meaningful activity and engagement for people with dementia. She also talked through some of the activities and the resources available and gave some considerations before engaging in an activity.

Speaker: Emma O’Brien, Occupational Therapist, HSE South East

Emma has been working in dementia for the past 5 years with a specific interest in assistive technology and activity and engagement. She is currently completing a Master’s Degree programme in Dementia in Healthcare at DCU. As an occupational therapist Emma recognizes the value and importance of activity and occupation towards a person’s well-being, and support people to achieve these through assistive technologies, practical strategies and adapting.

Speaker: Donal Scanlan, Mental Health First Aid Ireland Manager

Donal has been working and studying as a professional in the area of mental health and well-being for 20 years. He leads the team at MHFA Ireland to who brings mental health training to communities and workplaces all over Ireland. An occasional contributor to digital, television and print media, often speaking publicly on mental health at Government and Private sector levels, conferences, schools, colleges and the corporate world and has guest lectured at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and University College Dublin.

In his personal life he can be found supporting many national mental health campaigns, supporting Leinster Rugby, nurturing and feeding his love of coffee, and with what’s left he spends time with his 3 kids, 3 dogs, 2 cats and a goldfish called Stevie (Nicks).

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