Saturday 27 December 2014

Voice of Ireland host Eoghan thankful for 'massive support' on self-harming video

Published 06/05/2014 | 19:40

Voice of Ireland host Eoghan McDermott has spoken of the outpouring of support he received from the public when he bravely spoke of self-harming.

The TV presenter revealed on a YouTube video in March how the ending of a relationship plunged him into a depression.

He self-harmed after the break-up because "he bottled up his emotions", he bravely said.

Tonight, the star posted another video thanking the public for “the massive support” he received.

“[I want] to acknowledge the massive outpouring of support I got in the wake of the first video which was amazing and really warmly received.”

“People were saying things like, ‘oh you’re incredibly brave to do this and it’s a really courageous move.”

“It was really warmly received but also in a funny way, [it’s] indicative of the problem we have around mental health and the stigma that exists.”

“It should be OK and not perceived as a massive deal to talk about this kind of thing, and it’s still not. Which is why people were going ‘woah this is such a huge move for you’.”

Eoghan read an email he received from a girl he named as ‘Sarah’ who thanked him for his honest account of his self-harming past.

He said he had also received feedback from a high-profile Irish model, an old teacher, and a former student.

He urged people “to see the benefits of speaking out’ about their problems.

Darkness Into Light, an annual five-kilometre walk/run in aid of Pieta House will take place on Saturday morning.

 Starting at 4.15am, and crossing the line just as dawn is breaking,  Darkness Into Light is taking place at 40 venues across Ireland. To register, go to www.dil.pieta.ie

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