Mental Health Events Supported By Smart D8

Together with Dublin 8: Cultivating a Community of Wellness

As Summer approaches, Smart D8 remains steadfast in its mission to foster health and wellbeing in the Dublin 8 community. Following four successful months dedicated to nurturing (1) healthy eating habits, (2) physical wellbeing, (3) and successful and positive ageing, our focus in May shifts to the pivotal theme of mental health.

May Focus: Mental Health

Understanding the importance of mental health in shaping one’s quality life, Smart D8 proudly backs initiatives aimed at its cultivation. Mental health directly influences an individual’s ability to navigate life’s challenges, maintain meaningful relationships, and pursue personal aspirations. By championing mental health initiatives, Smart D8 aims to empower individuals with the resources, tools, and support systems necessary to enhance their resilience and overall wellbeing.

Therefore, Smart D8 is thrilled to kickstart the month by supporting several esteemed organizations and professionals in the delivery of seven engaging mental health events:

1. Tusla Child and Family Agency – ‘New Authority Parenting’ workshop

Smart D8 will support Tusla in the delivery of the ‘New Authority Parenting’ workshop, where parents will learn how to set boundaries and build trust with their kids.

Many parents are telling us that their home life is very stressful with constant rows, damaged property, or even physical injury – and that this aggression comes from their children. We understand that it can be difficult for parents to talk about these experiences of child-to-parent violence and aggression. Therefore, we want to help. Around the city, there are services working successfully with many parents, using the Non-Violent Resistance (NVR) programme. This programme is designed to bring the violence and aggression to an end and to build a better and stronger relationship between parents and their children.

More information about new parenting can be found at:

Date: May 8th

Time: 5:30 pm – 8 pm

Location: iD8 Studio at The Gatelodge

2. Tusla Child and Family Agency – ‘ADHD Parenting’ workshop

Smart D8 will support Tusla in the delivery of the ‘ADHD Parenting’ workshop, where parents will learn how to overcome challenges and ensure their children reach their full potential.

Parenting a child with ADHD can bring special challenges, but with the right support parents can overcome these. The ADHD Parenting workshop is a new modified version of the evidence based Parents Plus Children’s programme that addresses the needs of parents of children with ADHD aged 6-12 years.

Date: May 15th

Time: 5:30 pm – 8 pm

Location: iD8 Studio at The Gatelodge

3. Matt Burke (Magic Minds Podcast & Foundation) – ‘Everyone Can Meditate’ workshop

Smart D8 will support Matt Burke in the delivery of the ‘Everyone Can Meditate’ workshop, where participants will learn how to relax and destress through this educational, practical and fun session of meditation and mindfulness.

This session will include an introduction to meditation and its various types, the science and the benefits behind mindfulness and meditation, simple and practical tips to introduce mindfulness and meditation into participants’ lives, sound healing, guided meditations, and the power of visualization.

Matt is the founder of the Magic Minds Podcast and Foundation and his aim and intentions in life are to inspire people of all ages to acquire the skills, knowledge, and confidence to improve their own mental and physical health and wellbeing. He is the author of “My head to my heart”, a mindfulness and gratitude activity journal, and he has been facilitating many successful workshops in schools, colleges and companies nationwide for years.

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Date: May 21st

Time: 1 pm – 2 pm

Location: iD8 Studio at The Gatelodge

4. Turn2Me – ‘Managing Your Anxiety’ workshop

Smart D8 will support Turn2Me, Ireland’s leading online mental health charity, in the delivery of the ‘Managing Your Anxiety’ workshop, where participants will learn how to pave the way to brighter and calmer days by learning how to navigate anxiety.

During this empowering workshop, participants will dive into practical strategies for managing anxiety and cultivating inner peace with insights from Turn2Me’s esteemed CEO. Whether attendees are seeking personal growth or are simply curious about enhancing their mental wellbeing, this in-person workshop promises to equip them with invaluable tools and resources.

Date: May 22nd

Time: 1 pm – 2 pm

Location: The Learning Studio at The Digital Depot

5. Common Ground & The Family Resource Centre –‘Prioritising Well-Being & Mental Health’ workshop

Smart D8 will support Common Ground, The Family Resource Centre St Michael’s Estate and the artist/dancer Philippa Donnellan in the delivery of the ‘Prioritising Well-Being and Mental Health’ workshop, where participants will enjoy the sense of wellbeing that dancing brings.

During this workshop, there will be the screening of their film “We Love Dancin”. For two years, during the hardest Covid times from 2020 to 2023, The Family Resource Centre’s group met with Philippa. These weekly sessions were held in the open air, in the local school and in the People’s Pavilion in The Irish Museum Of Modern Art. Throughout the event, attendees will have a chance to dance with the group and Philippa, hear their favourite dance tracks, and get to know their favourite spots to dance in Dublin back in the day.

Date: May 28th

Time: 10 am – 12:30 pm

Location: Bay 1 at The Digital Depot

6. Simone Meschnig – ‘Laughter Yoga’ session

Smart D8 will support Simone Meschnig, Laughter Yoga Leader and Sound Healing Practitioner, in the delivery of the ‘Laughter Yoga’ session, where participants will learn how to laugh their stress away during this fun-filled session that will boost their mood and improve their wellbeing.

During this session, attendees will do gentle stretches combined with giggles and laughter, leaving the class much lighter, energized and with a big smile on their face.

Simone has been leading laughter yoga classes since 2010 and, through her warm and cheerful nature, participants have always felt welcomed and comfortable from start to finish. Simone is a sound healing practitioner & teacher, a yoga & meditation teacher, and an artist & laughter yoga leader. She has been leading classes for companies, health centres, nursing homes and schools, and has been on Radio.

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Date: May 29th

Time: 1 pm – 2 pm

Location: iD8 Studio at The Gatelodge

7. St Patrick’s Mental Health Services – ‘Managing Burnout & Stress: Is BOSS The Boss Of You?’ talk

Smart D8 will support St Patrick’s Mental Health Services in the delivery of the ‘Managing Burnout And Stress: Is BOSS The Boss Of You?’ talk, where participants will learn how to take charge and beat burnout, defeating the feeling of being constantly overwhelmed.

During this interactive talk, participants will learn about burnout and stress, exploring a variety of topics with insights from St Patrick’s Mental Health Services Programme Manager, Debbie Van Tonder. During the session, attendees will learn how to identify burnout stress syndrome (BOSS), the different causes of BOSS, how to develop resilience, how to develop healthy coping strategies to decrease burnout and stress, and how to become the boss of BOSS.

Date: May 30th

Time: 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Location: Conference Room at St Patrick’s University Hospital

Stay Engaged, Stay Updated

Smart D8 is committed to supporting initiatives aimed at enriching the health and wellbeing of the Dublin 8 residents.

If you would like our assistance in organizing and delivering a health and wellbeing event, please do not hesitate to contact us at