Aware Lecture: Growing up with parental alcohol misuse: the impact on mental health and things that can help

Silent Voices – an Alcohol Action Ireland initiative to end the silence of the impact of parental alcohol misuse in Ireland is organising a lecture as part of the Aware public lecture series on:


11 Dec 2019, 7.30pm

Lecture Theatre, Swift Centre, St Patrick’s Hospital, James’ St, Dublin 8


Barbara Whelan (Co-Founder of Silent Voices) and Dr Katie Baird (Chartered Psychologist, Psychological Society of Ireland)

Growing up with parental alcohol misuse: the impact on mental health and things that can help

It is estimated that there are around 200,000 children growing up in alcohol impacted families in Ireland and a further 400,000 adults living with the traumatic circumstances of a childhood arrested by alcohol related harms.

This lecture will explore the impacts of those harms and point towards some of the pathways to recovery and healing.

For an insight into parental alcohol misuse from the perspective of an adult child please see a recent blog post, Dear Forgotten Child. written by our co-founder and speaker, Barbara Whelan.

Dr. Katie Baird is a practising compassion focused therapist, and the founder of the Irish Centre for Compassion Focused Therapy (ICCFT). Katie is a counselling psychologist with over 20 years experience working with young people and adults. Katie trained in the U.S. and has worked in mental health care and academic settings in Ireland for 19 years. Katie is a Chartered Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and a member of PSI’s Division of Psychologists Specialising in Psychotherapy.  She has completed advanced training in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), and has spent the last 2 years establishing and running a speciality CFT practice in Dublin.

More information on the Silent Voices campaign here.


All welcome. Booking not necessary.