Rediscovering Joy“Most of all, I hate this virus because it’s smashed joy out of our lives.” 

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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Dr Harry Barry hates Covid-19. He hates it not just because it’s a deadly virus that has infected and killed a lot of people on a global scale, but especially because, he told Claire Byrne, it has taken away our joy. GP and Mental Health Specialist Harry was joined on the Today programme by Dr Ann-Marie Creaven, from the Department of Psychology, University of Limerick to talk about bringing some of …

Alastair Campbell“I hope that if people are out there who are struggling, that they don’t take as long as I did to face up to some of the things that you need to do.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Mental health has yet to achieve parity with physical health in terms of perception: there are still people and places where mental illness is considered a taboo, a stigma, a sign of weakness. But, of course, mental illness is just like physical illness – anyone can get it and it’s best to seek treatment advice from a medical professional. And, just like any other illness, …

Footballer Shane Carthy“A week after the All-Ireland final was the first time I had thoughts of dying by suicide.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Growing up, Shane Carthy was the “golden boy” in his family, the only boy, doted on by three older sisters. His golden streak continued into his early adulthood, when, aged 18, he walked out onto the pitch in Croke Park with the Dublin senior football team for the 2013 All-Ireland football final. But, as Shane told Ryan on Tuesday, while everything might have seemed to …

Author Louise Nealon“I always felt like I was kind of feeling around in the dark trying to manage my mental illness.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Cappagh GAA club in Co Kildare boasts a young author among its ranks. Louise Nealon (for it is she) has recently signed a book deal for her début novel, Snowflake, which will be published next year. Louise spoke to fellow-Kildare person Ray D’Arcy on Tuesday about her book deal, how people with mental illness are failed by the system and …

Surviving Lockdown“The level of anxiety is becoming unbearable and I don’t know where to turn.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Gone are the play dates, the chatty walks and the casual school gate encounters for now. One of the inescapable features of the lockdown is that we’re cut off from the lifeline of other parents and the comfort they offer at stressful times.  And it hurts, as one listener told Ryan Tubridy on Thursday: “Right now I don’t know how to …

Wonder Walls“I am lucky that I get to create work that brings that conversation to people in an important and sometimes, in a beautiful way.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Ray D’Arcy spoke to street artist Joe Caslin ahead of the broadcast of a new documentary on RTÉ2, Wonder Walls: The Story of Irish Street Art. Joe is one of the people whose work has been shaping the debate and conversation  on some of the big social issues of recent times. Joe filled Ray in on his background. He studied glass-blowing, but …

Returning to work after a mental health difficulty

Professor Jim Lucey“Returning to work is a key part of mental health recovery.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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One in four of us will experience a mental health difficulty at some point in our lives. Despite the prevalence of these conditions, misinformation and stigma remain. Deciding whether or not to disclose details of a mental health issue to employers and colleagues can be stressful for people returning to work. Professor Jim Lucey, Medical Director of St. Patrick’s Mental …

Tubridy Show Darkness Into Light letter response‘I felt trapped, alone, ashamed and I hated myself…and through it all, I slapped on a smile for people.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Following a huge response to yesterday’s email from a listener who told Ryan Tubridy he was feeling suicidal, Ryan read out some messages of support and empathy from listeners who had been touched by the man’s words. The Ryan Tubridy Show team are encouraging the man to get in touch with them so they can assist him in finding help. A listener sent us a letter (transcribed word-for-word below) …