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Yesterday’s News

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Sunday 22 March, 2015

'Often it's the times when I most need support that I'm least able to talk'

Staying quiet about a mental health problem is the worst thing you can do, which is why a new campaign is being launched in out third level institutions.

Thursday 5 February, 2015

Opinion: Why don't we have big campaigns for mental health?

Why do people develop mental illnesses? Why are some more susceptible that others? What treatment is best? There’s still so much we don’t know – and we really need to find out.

Wednesday 14 January, 2015

Opinion: Postnatal depression filled me with an all-consuming, terrifying and explosive rage

When you think of ‘depression’, feelings of sadness and anxiety might come to mind – but anger is powerful (often overlooked) emotion.

Sunday 4 January, 2015

Opinion: On motherhood, postnatal depression, and being kind to yourself

Looking back, there is so much I wish I’d known. Yes, we were told life would never be the same again, but that doesn’t even begin to cover it.

Sunday 14 December, 2014

Opinion: Messages like this shouldn't be given to patients – depression isn't an 'embarrassing problem'

I came across this poster just last week in a GP waiting room and have to admit I was shocked, and so incredibly disappointed.

Tuesday 12 August, 2014

Opinion: Robin Williams' death is a tragedy we should learn from – reach out to someone. Today.

Ask someone how they’re doing today, and listen – really listen – to the answer.

Sunday 13 July, 2014

Opinion: I've walked across burning coals and broken glass – I know I can beat depression too

The last six years have been challenging, and the last 18 months even more so, but I’m looking forward to a very different future for me and my family.

Tuesday 17 June, 2014

Opinion: On medication, I function – off medication, I don’t. It’s as simple as that.

I want to put myself out there as walking proof that medication can, and does, work – and more that that, it’s vital for me to keep functioning.

Tuesday 6 May, 2014

Opinion: Yes, social media sometimes makes us feel alone – but it also shows we're not

In our haste to condemn all things Facebook and Twitter, let’s not forget they also present huge opportunities for realising we are not alone in our struggles.

Tuesday 29 April, 2014

Opinion: Six weeks ago I went to hospital, threatening to hurt myself. I was sent home.

I have clinical depression and presented myself to hospital on my GP’s request. The doctor deemed me to be “stressed”, wrote me prescription and sent me home, alone.

Monday 17 March, 2014

Column: Mental health traffic lights (or, an easy way to answer 'how are you?')

Living with a mental illness means you sometimes lose your perspective and might not recognise the point at which you need help. To track this, I use a traffic light system, writes Fiona Kennedy.

Monday 10 February, 2014

Column: Living with someone who's depressed is hard – partners need support too

The biggest learning curve my husband and I have taken from my mental health problems is that without communication, depression will win, writes Fiona Kennedy.

Saturday 25 January, 2014

Column: A year ago, I walked out of work on the brink of the worst depression of my life

I work full time, I have young kids, and I also have a mental illness. Living with depression is never going to be easy but I’m getting better – and that’s because I’m being open and unashamed about it, writes Fiona Kennedy.

Tuesday 28 May, 2013

Column: Depression thrives on secrecy and isolation – it’s time to speak out

Depression is a terrible burden to carry alone. If you have depression, start small by telling a few close friends about your illness – the relief can be immeasurable, writes Fiona Kennedy.