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Yesterday’s News


Saturday 21 March, 2020

Opinion: If you're anxious and overwhelmed, you're not alone. Online counselling can help with Covid-19 stress

Dil Wickremasinghe says this difficult Covid-19 experience can bring challenges, but that help is available.

Wednesday 24 April, 2019

Opinion: My Sri Lankan relatives had a lucky escape from the bombings - I'm struggling to keep my hopes for peace alive

After a decade of peace, I had hoped that our troubles were behind us, writes Dil Wickremasinghe.

Tuesday 16 April, 2019

'Aren't you worried something could go wrong?' Why I chose a home birth - and the questions I tackled on the way

For Dil Wickremasinghe and her wife Anne Marie Toole, giving birth at home was an obvious choice.

Saturday 20 January, 2018

Group therapy helped me heal - it's why I created #BelieveYou bullying support group

Dil Wickremasinghe has found her way through tough times with group therapy and now wants to spark change with her own.


Monday 12 June, 2017

'We need to be cautious about celebrating Varadkar’s political success'

We are far from everything being grand. Just this week a mosque in Galway was attacked, writes Dil Wickremasinghe.

Wednesday 30 December, 2015

'It’s the most wonderful time of the year… is it?'

Many look forward to Christmas and New Year as it is a time to reconnect with family, however, for others, it’s not so easy.

Tuesday 1 September, 2015

Consultant turned tap and pregnant woman told, 'That’s the volume of blood that will gush out of you'

Dil Wickremasinghe writes about how she was treated by doctors when she opted for a home birth.

Tuesday 14 July, 2015

Giving birth at home helped me to feel safe and in control

I want to raise awareness of the benefits of having a home birth in healthy pregnancies, with the hope that it will encourage more women to explore this option.

Wednesday 8 April, 2015

'Ireland over-medicalises birth - and it is terrifying mothers-to-be'

Dil Wickremasinghe, since she has become pregnant, has found the maternity system is fraught with fear and discourages women from making decisions about the birthing process.

Wednesday 11 March, 2015

I was called a child abuser for conceiving through IVF - and it hasn't ended there

Dil Wickremasinghe outlines the attacks she has suffered on social media relating to her pregnancy – and the social stigma they illustrate.

Tuesday 17 February, 2015

An octogenarian gentleman taught me that it's never too late to come out

News of Pat Carey’s brave move reminds Dil Wickremasinghe of an elderly man who asked to connect with LGBT community. “I’ve wanted to do this all my life,” he said.

Sunday 25 January, 2015

How to pick the right therapist for you

People are reaching out more for counselling and psychotherapy, write Dil Wickremasinghe and Anne Marie Toole, but it’s important to know how to find the right help.

Friday 26 December, 2014

My 2014: Awards, marches, and the most longed-for baby

Broadcaster and activist Dil Wickremasinghe has had one hell of a year but wait until you see what she has lined up for 2015…

Thursday 10 October, 2013

Column: 'A Migrant State of Mind’ – emigration and mental health

I emigrated from my native Sri Lanka to Ireland in a bid to find acceptance – but unfortunately the journey of a migrant does not end when they arrive on the shores of their new home, writes Dil Wickremasinghe.

Wednesday 28 August, 2013

Column: Media and mental health – can we afford to take a “it’s not my job” approach?

The media we consume impacts our mood, self-image, self-worth, and even our outlook on life – so it stands to reason that the press should be proactive in minding the mental health of the public, writes Dil Wickremasinghe.

Sunday 18 August, 2013

Column: Being self-aware is the key to good mental health

The last five years of my life have been transformational. And I know in my heart that none of what I have achieved would have come about if I hadn’t taken the brave step to become self-aware, writes Dil Wickremasinghe.

Sunday 27 May, 2012

Column: ‘We are the 17 per cent’ – the story of a migrant in Ireland

Dil Wickremasinghe recalls how she arrived in Ireland 12 years ago, then worked her way up to find success. (And true love.)

Tuesday 20 March, 2012

Column: What is wrong with the media? All the faces are the same.

Putting different faces on screen isn’t about box-ticking – it’s about catering to the real society that’s out there, writes Dil Wickremasinghe.