Downer memes from the always dispiriting @AbortedDreams Insta.
On Cork’s 96FM Opinion Line with PJ Coogan.
Deirdre O’Shaughnessy writes:
Glanmire native Conor O’Keeffe has battled depression and says he feels like a weight has been lifted during his recovery.
Now he will attempt the impossible by running 32 marathons in 32 counties… in 32 days.
He’s also going to carry 32 pound weights on his back and remove one per day as a symbol of how he overcame his situation….
You’re not alone.
Me Head is Wrecked with Tony Kelly
A new, mental health-themed podcast with actor and comedian Tony Kelly (top).
Last Sunday’s first episode peaked at Number 2 in the Mental Health charts on iTunes and Number 9 on the overall Health & Wellness charts
The first episode is me telling my own story about my recovery from depression and prescription drug addiction.
Emily O’Callaghan was the guest host for the episode as she had interviewed me previously on her own “Green Rebel Podcast”, which you guys wrote a lovely piece about.
It has been amazingly well received, I have been inundated with messages, emails, DMS etc from people sharing their stories with me and saying how it spoke to them.
Previously: Suicide, Toxic Masculinity And Stand Up Comedy
Psychotherapist Jason Brennan
On your computer…
Stacey Connolly writes:
videoDoc, Ireland’s leading online doctor service is launching an online therapy service on their platform.
The programme has been developed as a response to the significant numbers of patients, particularly young men in rural areas, accessing the videoDoc service seeking help with mental health related concerns.
The online therapy service will be overseen by Jason Brennan, a qualified psychotherapist and counsellor with over 20 years of experience.
Jason is well known in Ireland having co-authored, with Brent Pope, a best selling book featuring strategies to cope with various mental health issues at home, at work and in sport.
The Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre, North Great Charles Street Dublin 1
John Connors, Christy Moore and Bressie helped launch a position paper on Traveller Men’s Health. Research shows that men in the Travelling community suffer more from depression, low self-esteem and discrimination.
The Pavee Point organisation wants a national strategy to address the suicide rate among the male Travelling community, which is almost seven times the national average.
Research published a decade ago showed Traveller men’s lives were 15 years shorter that the overall male population in Ireland. Pavee Point says there is nothing to suggest that has changed.
The Traveller advocacy group Pavee Point has welcomed the news that Taoiseach Enda Kenny has resolved to support the recognition of Traveller ethnicity.
Mr Kenny said on Wednesday that the Government would begin taking steps towards the recognition of Traveller ethnicity in the new year.
The Taoiseach said he had asked Minister of State at the Department of Justice David Stanton to prepare a report for the social affairs committee on the question of recognising Traveller ethnicity. The report is expected in a few weeks.
You Jung Han (top) and Kinsale Road Direct Provision Centre (above)
You Jung Han, 36, from South Korea, was found dead in the Kinsale Road direct provision centre on Tuesday night.
She was the mother of a six-year-old boy who is now in care.
Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (Masi) write:
This is You Jung Han… the lady whose life was cut short by the shortfalls of the system of direct provision leaving behind a 6-year-old boy. How you may ask? The system pushed her to a depressed state and she took her own life by hanging herself.
She is not alone in that state, a lot of people are wallowing in depression in different centres. Do we sit down and continue to watch while more incidents like this reoccur? Or do we pick up our voice and raise awareness to what is really happening to people behind the scenes of DP.
Masi believes that what affects one affects all… asylum seekers voices needs to be heard. WE ARE HUMANS TOO. Our heart goes out to the little boy… what does the future hold for him now? May You rest in peace.
Meanwhile, following You’s death, RTÉ journalist Brian O’Connell spoke to residents of the Kinsale Road accommodation centre for an item on the Today with Sean O’Rourke show this morning.
One woman told Mr O’Connell:
“She lived in the same block as me, lovely lady, was very private and didn’t choose to mingle with people. It was obvious that she had issues and… chose to remain private about them.”
After she was asked if she felt You should have been in direct provision, she said:
“No, I don’t think she belonged in direct provision. Her circumstances should have been recognised and something should have been done for her as a matter of urgency.”
In a statement to Mr O’Connell, the Department of Justice said:
“Unfortunately this is the second time that such a tragic event has occurred since 2002.”
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Pieta House: 01 6010 000
Aware: 1890 303 302
Previously: Death Of A Mother
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Before You Push The Chair.
By Stephen Murphy, who writes:
The truth of it is that I’ve spent a large part of the past 20 years bitten by the black dog, but I think more people have than will ever let on, but much of the time is spent ‘keeping the best side out’. The days of either being mad or sane are thankfully over, & if we sat down for a chat we’d probably find that we’re only as mad as each other.
I don’t expect many people to watch this to be honest, nor does it matter one way or another. My only hope is that it might find its way to somebody in the darkness, and possibly bring them some bit of light along the way.
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