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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'
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Mar 22nd 2015, 8:45 AM 147 Views 18 Comments

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?
# Tip Of The Iceberg
# Tip Of The Iceberg

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

Feb 5th 2015, 3:00 PM 199 Views 43 Comments

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
# Postnatal Depression
# Postnatal Depression

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

Jan 14th 2015, 5:00 PM 4,146 Views 12 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Jan 4th 2015, 8:45 AM 155 Views 26 Comments

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'
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

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

Dec 14th 2014, 12:00 PM 85 Views 34 Comments

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.
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

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

Aug 12th 2014, 7:30 PM 41 Views 26 Comments

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
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

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

Jul 13th 2014, 12:00 PM 194 Views 11 Comments

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.
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

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

Jun 17th 2014, 8:00 AM 132 Views 57 Comments

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
# Self Esteem
# Self Esteem

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

May 6th 2014, 1:00 PM 1,712 Views 26 Comments

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.
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

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

Apr 29th 2014, 1:00 PM 10,346 Views 82 Comments

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?')
# Keeping Healthy
# Keeping Healthy

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

Mar 17th 2014, 12:00 PM 4,527 Views 18 Comments

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
# Talk It Out
# Talk It Out

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

Feb 10th 2014, 7:00 AM 2,979 Views 22 Comments

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
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

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

Jan 25th 2014, 7:00 PM 1,799 Views 70 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

May 28th 2013, 7:30 PM 696 Views 56 Comments

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.