Alcohol's Impact on the Immune System and Brain

EU Alcohol Awareness Week takes place from 15th to 19th November 2021.  It is an opportunity to: look at our relationship with alcohol; understand the risks; and highlight the effects that alcohol has on our body and mind.  To mark this occasion, the HSE Alcohol Programme is hosting a webinar on Thursday 18th November 2021 at 3.00pm.  The event will focus on how alcohol can suppress your immune system (reducing your ability to fight infections), and how it has a profound impact on the brain (with new evidence using MRI scans showing the impact of even low alcohol use).  Register for a place at:

Let’s Get Back

‘Let’s Get Back’ is a national awareness campaign to encourage the Irish public to get back involved in the sport and exercise that they love.  It has been created by Sport Ireland, in partnership with Healthy Ireland, to encourage members of the public who are anxious or unsure about returning to sport and physical activity following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.  Find out ways to get involved at: and check out the video at:

Better Out Than In

Growing up can be tough, and being LGBTI+ can bring even more challenges.  Taking the brave step of opening up to someone you trust about your worries and fears - no matter how big or small - is worth it.  As soon as you're ready, BeLonG To will be there for you at  When it comes to your mental health, it's always #BetterOutThanIn

Let's Get Set Campaign

In Ireland today, almost 20 months on from when COVID-19 first appeared, we are now potentially more health conscious than ever before.  Conversely, during this most difficult time we have become more unhealthy; treating ourselves to more junk food, drinking more alcohol, have had our previous active healthy habits curtailed, and have gained more weight.  The 'Let's Get Set' campaign encourages everyone to set a healthier routine over the coming months, and to avail of simple easy steps to keep up or create a new healthy habit - whether that is eating better, getting more physically active, or learning how to take care of our mental wellbeing.  Find out more at:

WANTED: Fathers

Shaun Sweeney from Trinity College Dublin is, currently, recruiting fathers for a study which explores the relationship between a dad's anxiety and his children's development.  If you are a father who has a child aged 0-18 years, you are invited to take part.  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

Have Your Say. Bust The Myths.

A survey is seeking views on which rape and sexual offence myths are most prevalent in Northern Irish society and, therefore, which ones should be prioritised for challenge.  Rape myths are false beliefs, biased expectations and misconceptions around the realities of rape and sexual assault.  These can, sometimes, be used to excuse sexual violence, justify rape, create hostility towards victims, and can even lead to bias in criminal prosecutions.  You are invited to have your say at:

Identities, Masculinities, and Health among Male Farmers in Ireland

Compared to other occupational groups, farmers in Ireland experience a disproportionate burden of health problems, which impact their livelihoods and farming sustainability.  Internationally, farmers’ poor health outcomes are associated with intersecting economic, environmental, socio-cultural, and occupation-specific factors linked to changes in agricultural governance.  This qualitative study explored the challenges and stressors facing farmers in Ireland, and how changes in farming governance have impacted farmers’ identities, masculinities and health.  Find out more at:

The Potential of the NI Longitudinal Study for COVID Research

The Northern Ireland Longitudinal Study (NILS) is a wide-ranging database of people and their major life events, stretching back decades.  Census information for 1981 to 2011 is linked with other administrative datasets such as vital events, school data, property information, health card registrations, weather and pollution amongst others.  A joint NILS-ARK event on the 14th of September 2021 explored the potential of NILS for COVID research.  This interactive workshop provided an overview of the readily available data, the topic areas which can be rapidly explored, and the feasibility of linkage with health data.  A video of the event is now available, along with other useful resources at: