IN OCTOBER 2005, Galway teenager Shane Mullins drove drunk and crashed his car.
Aged just 17, Shane was brought to the brink of death: after four days in a coma he regained consciousness but had sustained a horrific brain injury.
“Two days, when I was in that coma, I had no brain activity… so my mother and my family were asked to prepare for the worst,” Shane recalls during a new Doc on One radio documentary, to be aired today.
Now, after several years of rehabilitation, Shane is touring the country to talk about his experiences and share the self-help system he developed to deal with the emotional strain of his accident.
“With a brain injury, there’s isolation and loneliness,” he said. “I knew I could get out there and get better – but how? And then D’MESS was born.”
Shane’s D’MESS programme aims to help educate people on mental health issues by focusing on key areas:
‘D’ = Determination
‘M’ = Motivation
‘E’ = Emotional
‘S’ = Support
‘S’ = Social
“The Comeback Kid” will air on RTÉ Radio One at 2pm today.
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