'My struggle with depression hasn't changed me' - Al Porter
Published 02/12/2016 | 08:30
He recently opened up about his mental health issues on TV but Al Porter has insisted he doesn't buy into the belief that all comedians suffer from depression.
The Tallaght man (23) revealed on a recent episode of Brendan O'Connor's Cutting Edge that he has taken anti-depressants in the past.
However, he believes everyone struggles from time to time and it has become a talking point with comedians because people only see them when they seem at their happiest on stage.
"I don't know if it's real. Everyone, no matter who you are, has their own issues in life and everyone's life is a melting pot of good and bad, and some people have more of one than the other," he told the Herald.
"The reason why it's more interesting when it's comedians is because, most of the time, the only time people get to see us is when we're having the craic."
Al was ashamed of having to take anti-depressants and often asked his friends to go into pharmacies to collect them for him, or he would have them written out to a different name.
The TV star has received an outpouring of support since the candid admission and it has led to him helping Senator Lynn Ruane with a series of mental health talks in their native Tallaght.
"Everybody was very supportive and off the back of that I'll be helping out with some things. Senator Lynn Ruane, who is a very impressive woman, is putting on Tallaght Talks, a big open forum on mental health, in December," he said.
He insisted he's still the same person he always was despite his struggles with depression.
"I've done about six different stand-up shows and I still talk about all the normal funny stuff I do, so it hasn't changed me," Al said.