Fiona Kennedy lives in Connemara, Co. Galway. She has clinical depression and borderline personality disorder. Fiona writes: I had an article published here a few weeks back, in which I expressed my frustration at what I perceive to be the very sanitised view the general media presents to us about mental health. Following on from this, […]

Niall Breslin, aka Bressie, before the Joint Committee on Health and Children in January Fiona Kennedy, who has clinical depression and borderline personality disorder, yesterday wrote the following on the Facebook page of her Sunny Spells & Scattered Showers blog: I AM SICK OF HEARING ABOUT BRESSIE AND JIM BREEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They aren’t actually the only people in the entire […]

Health Minister Leo Varadkar €12million of the €36million mental health budget is being transferred to other areas in the Department of Health, after the money – which was set aside to recruit staff – was not spent… Health Minister Leo Varadker has said the mental health budget will be fully restored next year. Further to this, a teenager […]

Fiona Kennedy You may recall how Fiona Kennedy, who has clinical depression and borderline personality disorder, wrote a piece last Wednesday. It detailed how, after waiting eight months to begin dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) at the Adult Mental Health Services at Galway University Hospital, the mother-of-two was told the treatment would not be provided because […]

Fiona Kennedy Last month, Fiona Kennedy wrote about the barriers she faces when trying to access mental health services. She has clinical depression and borderline personality disorder. Today Fiona, who lives in Connemara, Co. Galway, writes: Eight months ago, I was recommended to stop working with the private therapist I had been seeing for six years, and […]

Aidan O’Connell Aidan O’Connell writes: I have been diagnosed with GAD (generalised anxiety disorder), depression, OCD, borderline personality disorder, somatic illness, social anxiety disorder and panic attack disorder – all separately over the course of the 15 years. I have doctor shopped and seen over a dozen-plus GPs, at my worst seeing multiple doctors on […]

Fiona Kennedy Fiona Kennedy lives in Connemara, Co. Galway. She has clinical depression and borderline personality disorder. She writes: I am so angry right now I am literally shaking. I probably shouldn’t write when I’m this wound-up, but I have to do something because I cannot carry this anger around for the day, not on top […]

From top: The 2015 launch of the Labour of Love campaign, an initiative of the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) and MRCI’s Domestic Workers Action Group calling for the protection of au pairs’ employment rights in Ireland’ Fianna Fáil TD Anne Rabbitte; Ruth Coppinger with her daughter Sarah at the Dublin West coun centre during […]

From top: Taoiseach Enda Kenny with US Vice President Joe Biden and actress Fiona Shaw and at the Kennedy Centre for the ‘Ireland 100’. Last night. The Kennedy Centre, Washington DC The sense of event was heightened by the presence of Vice President Biden and the taoiseach of Ireland, Enda Kenny, which meant the accompanying […]

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