Public engagement and support

Diseases of lifestyle are the leading causes of death in the modern world. According to the World Health Organisation, heart and lung diseases, cancers and diabetes are the world’s largest killers accounting for an estimated 38 million deaths annually, with 16 million of these being premature. Lifestyle factors are heavily implicated in all these diseases and we as individuals can do a lot to prevent the development of such conditions.

The Centre provides evidence-based resources to help enhance understanding of the critical role that our behaviour plays in optimising our health. In particular, we are very interested in how the mind, brain and body interact in the context of maintaining health and wellness.

The Centre launched an online course on positive health, looking at the role of positive psychological factors and the insights of lifestyle medicine, in autumn 2020.

Resources and publications

Prof. Ciaran O'Boyle and the team from the RCSI Centre for Positive Psychology and Health have created a range of resources – particularly around coping with COVID-19 which are available below.

Prof. O'Boyle has been published in The Irish Times and on thejournal.ie, and has contributed to a number of webinars and RCSI MyHealth lectures.

Dr Pádraic Dunne has also created a number of resources on meditation and well-being, including dealing with the stressful impacts of COVID-19. You can listen to Dr Dunne's guided meditation series here