Podcast and Webinar series

Helping Fórsa members through the pandemic

New Podcast & Webinar series hosted by Karen Koster and Brent Pope

We have teamed up with some of Ireland’s most renowned experts to launch a new series of wellness webinars and podcasts, exclusive for Fórsa members.

The series will take place every Wednesday for 5 weeks from 24th June to 22nd July '20.

Hosted by: Karen Koster, TV Broadcaster, Mom of Three, Parenting Podcaster and Creator of the documentary ‘Mammy’s Guilt’ and Brent Pope, Rugby Pundit, Mental Health Advocate and Psychotherapist.

With an excellent panel of experts:

  • Dr. Colman Noctor, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist , St. Patricks Mental Health Services & Professor at Trinity College will cover Parenting in a Pandemic. Dr. Noctor has almost 20 years experience and speaks regularly on Newstalk and at mental health events. Dr. Noctor has a keen interest in the effects of digital and social media on the development of kids and teenagers.
  • Professor Jim Lucey will cover Resilience and managing Anxiety. Prof. Lucey is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin, and a Consultant Psychiatrist at St. Patrick’s University Hospital in Dublin, with more than 25 years experience.
  • Emma Murphy, Psychotherapist and emotional eating specialist will talk about how to reduce emotional and binge eating.
  • Ryan O'Reilly leading international motivational speaker, high-performance coach and author - how to stay motivated in work and at home in the coming months.
  • Trevor Gardiner, Financial Services Manager for Fórsa members in Cornmarket will cover Money concerns.

Sign up today and be in with a chance to win 1 of 5 one4all giftcards*

When you sign up, you will get the opportunity to submit a question to the experts. Karen and Brent will then ask the experts the most common questions and concerns highlighted in the recent survey of Fórsa members.

A message from the experts

Brent & Emma

Eating Habits

Prof. Jim Lucey

Anxiety & Resilience

Wellness Wednesdays Schedule

Join Karen and Brent when they ask the experts your questions!

Managing our Eating Habits, 8th July @ 1pm, Emma Murphy.

Brent talk to Emma Murphy (Psychotherapist and emotional eating specialist) about emotional and binge eating and what we can do to tackle it. Emma has over 10 years’ experience working with women and men struggling with food, weight and body image.

Staying Motivated, 15th July @ 11am, Ryan O Reilly.

Brent talks to Ryan about how to stay motivated in work and at home in the coming months.

Money in uncertain times, 22nd July @ 10am, Trevor Gardiner.

Trevor will talk about simple ways to save money, how to plan for the future and free support services for anyone in financial difficulty.

Resilience & Managing Anxiety, 1st July @ 10am, Professor Jim Lucey.

Brent talks to Prof Lucey about re-integrating back into society after lockdown and anxiety around the general uncertainty of what the future holds, e.g. redeployment, another surge of the pandemic and the health and welfare of vulnerable family and friends.

Parenting in a Pandemic, Wednesday 24th June @ 11.15am, Dr. Colman Noctor.

Karen Koster talks to Dr. Noctor about juggling a family while working from home and how to look after the mental health of kids, teenagers and young adults and when it's time to seek medical help.

Why we launched the programme

80% of Fórsa members feel anxious

Before the pandemic, 20% to 30% of the Fórsa Salary Protection Schemes claims processed by Cornmarket were relating to Mental Health. COVID-19 has made even more people feel some new strain. We wanted to do something to help by providing members with access to a panel of highly qualified experts, to help them through this challenging time.

What did we do?

We teamed up with Fórsa to ask members how they were doing during the pandemic, and most importantly, what we can do to best support them. The response was overwhelming. Over 5,000 members filled in the survey. It was no surprise that many said that they are feeling anxious and having trouble sleeping; with the top 5 concerns around parenting, mental health, physical health, weight/appearance and money. From this, we built an accessible online programme and found the right experts to tackle the relevant areas.

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Anxiety & Resilience:

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*Terms: No purchase necessary. Competition only open to Fórsa members. You will be entered into the prize draw when you fill in the form above. Prize draws take place 24/07/20 when five winners will be randomly selected. Winners will be informed by e-mail or phone call within 3 working days of this date and announced on cornmarket.ie, once verified as eligible Fórsa members. Prize draw open to members aged 18 and over who are ROI residents and excludes any employee of Cornmarket and anyone directly or professionally associated with the draw. Only one entry per person. Entries not submitted in accordance with these rules or delayed entries will be disqualified. There is no alternative to the prize in whole or part. The promoter's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The promoter, Cornmarket Group Financial Services Ltd. reserves the right to alter, amend and foreclose the promotion without prior notice.