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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.