January Blues

Posted on 07. Jan, 2021 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 Fr Tony Coote, who was the then chaplain […]

It was Suicide

Posted on 19. Nov, 2020 in Death, Depression, Faith and Justice, Mental Health, Suicide

The death of a son is hard to deal with, but when that death is a suicide, it is so much harder.  David Wynne lost his son Derek to suicide on the 8th of February 1997 and David still lives with the grief.  In this piece from the archive, Rev. Ian Poulton met David and […]

Prisoner Volunteers

Posted on 15. Oct, 2020 in Church Teachings, Depression, Faith and Justice, Health, Mental Health

In this piece from the archive from 2006, we hear from 28 prisoners who trained as Samaritan Volunteers in a number of Dublin prisons and the organisation hopes to eventually extend the project to every prison in the State.  These prisoners provide a confidential listening service for fellow inmates at Cloverhill, Wheatfield and Arbour Hill […]

Mental Health Day

Posted on 01. Oct, 2020 in Mental Health

Many of us can end up feeling physically and mentally exhausted in today’s hectic world. In this piece from 2005, Brian Howard, chief executive officer of Mental Health Ireland, talks about the significance of balancing work and play and the links between physical and mental health. He speaks of the importance of talking to someone […]

Ageing with Alzheimers

Posted on 30. Jul, 2020 in Christian Values, Chronic illness, Community, Health, Mental Health

Des O’Grady SJ currently works as a chaplain in Dundrum central mental hospital. He himself was recently diagnosed with Alzheimers and in this first of at three part series from the archive, he talks candidly about his experience and the learning he has received from it. He says that the disease has given him more […]

Depression – a Christian Perspective

Posted on 09. Jul, 2020 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. In this piece from the archives, Fodhla McGrane, from Kells, Co. Meath, is an Oblate of St Benedict. She leads retreats on “Depression from a Christian Perspective”. […]

Bursting Out in Praise

Posted on 02. Jan, 2020 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community, Depression, Gospel Values, Mental Health

Gavin T. Murphy, blogger with the website, I love bipolar  talks about the spiritual journey that the highs and lows of bipolar have brought him on. He has also presented a series of reflections on his life’s journey with RTE Radio One’s A Living Word programme.  From that series he was asked to write a […]


Posted on 27. Nov, 2019 in Church Teachings, Mental Health

Can even the most awful of crimes be forgiven? Robert Enright is a Professor  of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and has given his input into education to Le Chéile, a school trust with the object of developing a vision of Catholic Education. He is a co-founder of the International Forgiveness Institute […]

Remembering Fr Coote

Posted on 29. Aug, 2019 in Depression, Mental Health, Relationships, Suicide, Young people

Fr Tony Coote passed away on Wednesday, August 28th, following a battle with motor neurone disease. He was a much loved priest and in particular well remember for his time in UCD as a chaplain helping others. In this piece from 2007, we hear him talk about the work he did for parents who had […]

Freedom of Angels

Posted on 08. Jan, 2019 in Conflict, Crime, Grief, Stress

Bernadette Fahy, counsellor, writer and survivor of institutional abuse talks with Pat Coyle about how her faith was broken by the Church. She says that the faith of survivors was broken, not just once but three times. She grew up in Goldenbridge, and in her book, Freedom of Angels  she tells the inside story of […]