Saturday 21 October 2017

Bryan swaps studio chair for role as Good Samaritan

Valerie Loftus

RTE news anchor Bryan Dobson has encouraged young men to reach out to someone if they are experiencing emotional difficulties, and told how he confides in his wife in times of trouble.

Speaking at the launch of the Samaritan's '24/7 Talk to Us' campaign, Mr Dobson said it is not natural to men to discuss deeper feelings with their friends, preferring to talk about things "on the surface of their lives" like business or sport.

"I would talk a lot to my wife – she's a person I confide in a great deal – but that can be difficult for men who feel they have to shield their family from their troubles," he said.

Mr Dobson said that pride often stops men from "exposing vulnerability".

Majella Canty, a volunteer with the Samaritans in Cork, said younger men are more willing than ever to talk about their feelings, but older men are still reserved.

"We want to reach out to them and show them the value of talking, and how it can stop an emotional difficulty from getting more serious," she said.

Irish Independent

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