‘The longer you keep it bottled up the worse it’s going to get’
Irish rugby star Jack McGrath said dealing with his brother’s suicide was incredibly tough.
“I always felt that keeping my emotions in was the way to deal with it. When you have this knot in your stomach, you’re struggling to get up in the morning…eventually you start talking and it’s nearly like a gas valve releasing.”
He said it was very tough as the two were very close. “The longer you keep it bottled up the worse it’s going to get.” And he encourages others to talk about their problems. “ The smallest thing you say to someone can make a difference.”
Research conducted by IRUPA demonstrated that although 95% of Irish adults think it's important for them to be proactive in taking care of their mental wellbeing, almost 1 in 4 (22%) are unaware or have low levels of awareness of the ways they deal with stress or life challenges.
The campaign to promote positive mental wellbeing in Ireland through “Tackle Your Feelings”, in partnership with Zurich, national and international rugby stars telling their own personal story of the issues they have faced off the pitch.
Tackle Your Feelings seeks to emphasise the importance of preventative measures in maintaining good mental wellbeing.
By asking people to be honest with themselves about how they are feeling and to take appropriate action, the campaign aims to encourage people to resolve emotional challenges before they escalate into a crisis.
The campaign website, www.tackleyourfeelings.com, hosts a number of practical resources to help people develop their emotional self-awareness and proactively work on their mental and emotional wellbeing.