Ask the expert

Welcome to ReachOut.com’s Ask the Expert service

Through this service the ReachOut.com team will be working with a group of professionals and experts with detailed and specialist knowledge of youth mental health issues such as anxiety and depression to answer your questions and address your concerns. The issues covered will be the same as those covered throughout ReachOut.com but through this service we will be able to provide valuable insight into more specific and personal concerns that you may have.

We won’t have all the answers to every question, but we do have access to the best available information, so let us know what’s on your mind by submitting a question here.

The advice provided through this service is not intended to replace face-to-face professional advice or any on-going support that a person may be receiving. If you or someone you know is in crisis now you should go to emergency support information.

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Expert Panel

Goal setting

Tina Murphy answered your questions about goal setting and motivation for the new year.

Depression

Vincent McDarby took your questions about anxiety.

Exam stress and tips

Dr Tamara O’Connor took your questions about exam stress and tips.

Bullying

Colman Noctor took your questions about bullying.

Self-harm

Rory O’Connor took your questions about self-harm.

Anxiety and Depression

Angela Walsh took your questions on anxiety and depression

Anxiety – Mark Smyth

Mark took your questions on anxiety

Money worries

Michael Culloty, from Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS), answered your questions on financial concerns and budgeting issues

Drugs and alcohol

Dr Bobby Smyth was our featured expert and took your questions on drugs alcohol and addiction

Relationships and parental break-up

Francesca McGuinn, from Teen Between, was our featured expert taking your questions on relationships

Bereaved by suicide

Ciarán Austin from Console was our featured expert taking your questions on bereavement

Sexuality

Michael Barron from BeLonG To was our featured expert and took your questions on sexuality

Psychosis and schizophrenia

Niall Turner from DETECT answered your questions about psychosis and schizophrenia.

Depression and anxiety

Tony Bates from Headstrong was our featured expert and took your questions on depression and anxiety

School leavers

Brian Mooney was our featured expert and answered questions from school leavers.

Eating disorders

Harriet Parsons from Bodywhys has been our featured expert a number of times on the subject of eating disorders.

Depression

Dr Helen Keely was our featured expert a number of times and answered your questions about depression.