January Blues

Posted on 11. Jan, 2018 in Depression, Mental Health, Suicide, Young people

In this piece from 2007, Miriam looked at how people can deal with the January Blue. They looked at how after all the Christmas festivities finish, there is often a feeling of anticlimax in January. Nowhere is this more obvious than in a university.  Miriam Gormally met Tony Coote, chaplain for UCD and one of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Living with Bipolar Part Two

Posted on 15. Jan, 2015 in Depression, Health, Mental Health

In this second story from somebody living with Bipolar, Gary explores some of the possible lifestyle approaches that somebody can take in order to “clear the fog”. Having experienced the highs and lows of extreme moods for most of his life he looks at how bipolar needs to be better understood by everybody from a […]

Faith Through Depression

Posted on 08. Jul, 2009 in Depression, Mental Health

Don Mullan is a well known Irish Humanitarian worker, Author and Photographer.  Amongst other things Don has worked in AFrI, Concern and produced films about Bloody Sunday and the Omagh Bombings. Here Don speaks candidly with Miriam Gormally about how he fell into depression and more importantly how he found his way out.

Volunteer for Samaritans

Posted on 04. Mar, 2009 in Depression, Mental Health, Suicide

“Listening to someone who is perhaps depressed, worried, frightened and/or suicidal and who doesn’t know where to turn to, is perhaps the most valuable thing we can do for a fellow human being” Samaritan Volunteer, Elaine, believes it is the most rewarding thing she has ever done.  The Samaritans are always looking for volunteers as […]

Samaritans Update

Posted on 04. Feb, 2009 in Depression, Economy, Mental Health

As people struggle daily to cope with the gloom and doom of the economy, jobs and general uncertainty – where can they turn for help, who is there to talk to?  Suzanne Costello Director of Samaritans Ireland, told Eileen Good about a new initiative from the Samaritans and why they were having a radio campaign […]

Simon’s Suicide

Posted on 07. Jan, 2009 in Depression, Mental Health, Suicide, Young people

Despite all the publicity about what to look out for when you think someone is suicidal, despite all the awareness programmes, sadly sometimes it’s not enough and someone does take their own life.  The effect on the family is devastating – as Peter Moroney told Eileen Good as last September’s Annual Conference of the Irish […]

Suicide Support

Posted on 24. Dec, 2008 in Depression, Mental Health, Suicide

In September of this year Eileen Good attended the 12th. Annual Conference of the Irish Association of Suicidology, in Athlone, titled Youth Suicide in a Changing Society.  There she met Dr. John Connolly, who along with Dan Neville TD and the late Michael Kelleher, was one of the founders of the Association.  Eileen asked Dr. […]