RTÉ's mental health podcast, You OK?, is back for a new season of monthly episodes, that focus on particular groups – how they're getting on, what challenges they may be facing and what supports might help.

Across the season we’ll be discussing the changes to our working lives, the anxiety of unemployment, loneliness and more. We begin with parents and children.

We all exhaled when the schools reopened a few weeks ago, but children are returning to a school experience they’ve never encountered before. In this episode of You OK? we speak to Primary School Teacher and Dramatherapist Clair Farley about how we can support younger chidren at this time.

5th-year student at Mountrath Community School in Co. Laois, Claudine Moore, shares her thoughts on what it’s like being a teenager in a pandemic, while child and adolescent psychotherapist and assistant professor at UCD Dr. Colman Noctor shares his advice for how to support young people like Claudine and her peers as this pandemic and period of uncertainty persists.

Parents up and down the country are worn out after an intense few months and have barely a moment now to catch their breath before the challenges of winter kick in. CEO of Parentline, Aileen Hickie, joins us to talk about stress, supports and the coping strategies parents can lean on in the months ahead. 

You can find out more about the work of Parentline at parentline.ie