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) …

Mental health and farmers ‘It’s important to talk about this…  There is a shame there which we have to get over.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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It has been a tough year weather-wise for farmers and combined with the usual springtime stresses, the cumulative effect can often become too much for an individual to handle.  Joe Parlon, a farmer from Offaly, joined Sean O’Rourke to share how his mental health suffered as a result of the overwhelming demands of the farm. “The spring of 2006 came …

Megan's Mental Health Story‘I was someone completely different, you know. There was someone living inside me, almost. I wasn’t Megan.’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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All this week, RTÉ is running an initiative called “The Big Picture”, focusing on mental health in young people. A documentary, Young and Troubled, takes a look at children and adolescents and their experience of mental health services in Ireland. 16-year-old Megan and 17-year-old Jack joined Ray D’Arcy to share their stories. Megan told Ray that after her uncle passed away she began to suffer from anxiety …

The youth, mental health and addiction ‘I wouldn’t even want to leave the room, it would almost feel like the four walls around me were talking about me’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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All this week, RTÉ’s Big Picture is focusing on youth mental health across its platforms, culminating in the documentary Young and Troubled at 9.35 on RTÉ One.  On Today with Sean O’Rourke, reporter Brian O’Connell looked at the rise of the dual diagnosis amongst young people of both mental health issues and addiction. “The two of them obviously go hand …