Mental health costs money

Conor Cusack's astonishing blogpost and discussion on RTE Primetime on Tuesday night has blasted open the issue of depression. Like well-known people such as Mary McEvoy and George Hook, the Cloyne man has spoken out in the wake of a terrible event to encourage others suffering from depression to seek help. Like the founders of wonderful [...]

2013-10-31T12:38:54+00:00 October 31st, 2013|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Making their voices heard – depression in pregnancy

The debate about the Protection of Life in Pregnancy Bill has been long, arduous, and bitter, but it seems set to pass through the Oireachtas before the summer recess. Part 2 (9) of the Bill, which covers cases in which the woman’s life is at risk due to suicide, has been the most controversial aspect, but [...]

Autism… what I know now

On Sunday I had the honour of chairing Cork Association for Autism's conference on autism from adolescence to adulthood. My favourite speaker was Dr Stuart Neilson, a statistician who was diagnosed in his 40s after struggling with mental health issues for years. It was only when he finally met a mental health professional who knew about [...]

2013-04-09T18:43:51+00:00 April 9th, 2013|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , |

Mental health and how abuse victims find the reporting process

I was on Tonight with Vincent Browne on TV3 on Thursday evening. The main topics under discussion were Ireland's corporation tax rate and the Quinns being back in court, but I spoke at the end (from about 38 minutes) about climbing self-harm rates, the mental health budget and the difficulties sexual abuse victims have in reporting [...]

2013-01-26T11:37:31+00:00 January 26th, 2013|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

New Years' Resolutions

Happy new year (Photo credit: Amodiovalerio Verde) I spoke to Dave Fanning last Saturday about New Years' Resolutions, after writing this for last week's edition. There’s one new year’s resolution we all should have. Give up smoking? Give up drink? Give up chocolate? Give up watching the soaps? No. Every single year I find [...]

2013-01-09T17:42:08+00:00 January 9th, 2013|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In memory of John McCarthy

It was fantastic to see mental health and suicide being discussed on RTÉ Frontline last night. It can be unusual to see constructive discussion on current affairs programming, but I think that's what the Frontline team achieved with the mix of guests - Minister Kathleen Lynch is a strong voice for mental health and within the [...]

2012-01-17T20:00:46+00:00 January 17th, 2012|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Be kind

‘Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle’. This quote from the Greek philosopher Plato, is an apt one for the times we live in. Hurt, angry, upset, betrayed people who are worried and frustrated lash out, and lashing out at other people in the same predicament can only ever make [...]

2010-12-16T14:34:24+00:00 December 16th, 2010|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , |