‘End the Silence’ – a series of events and activities from 17-21 October 2022 to raise awareness of the issues arising from growing up with alcohol harm in the home
We know that at least 200,000 children in Ireland are currently living with the trauma of parental problem alcohol use (PPAU) and a further 400,000 adults are living with its legacy – emotional, mental and physical health problems. Yet despite these large numbers this Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) remains a deeply hidden aspect of Ireland’s relationship with alcohol.
Alcohol Action Ireland’s initiative, Silent Voices, seeks to raise awareness and put forward policy solutions to address these issues.
During the week of October 17 we are organising events and leading discussions on PPAU. We will be hearing from a range of experts, highlighting research findings and launching a dedicated toolkit, co-produced by AAI with professionals working in the field and people with lived experience. We hope the toolkit will be used by people across Ireland beyond this week to broaden understanding of this topic and allow people access help and information that will support them in their healing.
The events include:
18 October, Webinar
Tuesday, 11am-1pm, Online event – register here
Through the Eyes of the Child in association with the ISPCC & featuring the launch of a dedicated toolkit by Child Law expert and AAI patron Dr Geoffrey Shannon.
19 October, In person event
Wednesday, 7.30pm-9pm, register here
Silent no more – a cultural in–person event at the New Theatre, hosted by Ray D’arcy. Featuring conversations with people impacted by alcohol use in the home plus readings by noted author Christine Dwyer Hickey from her novel, Tatty – Dublin’s One City One Book in 2020.
21 October, Webinar
Friday, 11am-1pm – register here
Research to Action, an online event exploring practical solutions for young people experiencing PPAU, chaired by Children’s Ombudsman Niall Muldoon and featuring Teacher of Nurture Gerry Diamond.
We would love you to attend, if you can, and we would really appreciate your help to spread the word by sharing with your networks, using the hashtag #EndtheSilence in your social media promotion. Keep an eye on our social media for updates about these events.
For more information about our ‘Silent Voices’ initiative visit our webpage.
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