By Time is everything Revealed

Posted on 21. Sep, 2017 in Art, Cancer, Community, Ecology, Health, Medicine, Meditation, Mental Health

“By Time is everything Revealed” is the new book by author, gardener and broadcaster Fiann Ó Nualláin. In this book of mindfulness and spiritual awareness, Fiann brings old Irish proverbs to life for the current generation. Proverbs stand the test of time because, as they contain timeless wisdom that can help us lead happier, calmer and […]

Schizophrenia – Journey to Recovery

Posted on 24. Aug, 2017 in Health, Mental Health, Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia affects about 1% of the Irish population and involves hallucinations, hearing voices and an altered perception of reality.  It is extremely distressing for those suffering it and for anyone close to them.  In this piece from 2006, John Saunders, director Shine, formerly Schizophrenia Ireland, was speaking at a conference, called The Journey to Recovery […]

Battling with Anorexia

Posted on 13. Jul, 2017 in Mental Health

To the Bone is a controversial film about anorexia, which has brought up much discussion about the illness. Here in this piece from the archives, we hear the story of Marie Devine who battled with this incredibly complicated disease as a teenager and again in her thirties. She spent many months in psychiatric hospitals trying to […]

Mercy at work in Hospitals

Posted on 10. Mar, 2016 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Grief, Hospice, Spirituality, Suicide

Marianne Quinn is the chaplain in St Columcille hospital in Loughlinstown, Dublin. Her work involves caring for the dying and for those who have been bereaved. She says that her work allows her to channel God’s mercy and to be present in whatever way she is needed. Mercy, she says, is particularly important in deaths […]

Sow and Grow

Posted on 03. Mar, 2016 in Community, Ecology, Mental Health

The national Sow and Grow Campaign for primary school children was launched at Our Lady of Good Counsel National School, Mourne Road, Drimnagh, Dublin on March 1st. The is to introduce primary school children to growing their own food and learning more about where food comes from. GIY – Grow It Yourself teamed up with Innocent to distribute 30,000 seed packs […]

Saved by God

Posted on 18. Feb, 2016 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Depression, Grief, Suicide

Rebecca Ryan is best known for her roles in I.R.A.: King of Nothing (2006), The Tudors (2007) and The Draft (2006). She was also in Fair City. Despite all this external success, abuse she’d experienced as a child caused  her to go down the dark road of self harm and even attempted suicide. She was saved at the last […]

Depression – a Christian Perspective

Posted on 26. Nov, 2015 in Christian Values, Depression, Mental Health

Depression is ‘the common cold’ of our psychology. The illness effects approximately one in every five people. According to the Vatican, it is the biggest disease in the world. Fodhla McGrane, from Kells, Co. Meath, is an Oblate of St Benedict. She leads retreats on “Depression from a Christian Perspective”. Miriam Gormally met with Fodhla in […]

Overcoming Unemployment

Posted on 04. Jun, 2015 in Community, Mental Health

Recent figures show a decline in unemployment, but the story is somewhat more complex for people who have been in long-term unemployment. Michelle Murphy from Social Justice Ireland, who are working to build a just society, spoke about how people who have been long-term unemployed for  suffer consequences their entire lives. Also the reducing in […]

The Joy of Running

Posted on 28. May, 2015 in Mental Health

Patrick Muldoon has been running for years. But for him it’s more than just exercise. He works in the Jesuit Communication Centre and blogs on many things including his love of running. He talks about how it brings him closer to God and to gratitude. As he says on Jesuit.ie, “I run for the love […]

Challenge for Console

Posted on 12. Feb, 2015 in Depression, Stress, Suicide

National suicide prevention and bereavement charity Console has appointed fitness coach Pat Divilly  as its youth mental health ambassador. The well-known Galway sports trainer and author has vowed to get one thousand people together under the Console banner to form the biggest team ever to enter the worldwide Tough Mudder fitness challenge. He is even planning a trip to […]