Wednesday 28 September 2016

Lenihan's son tells young people to confront demons

Published 28/04/2015 | 02:30

9/9/13 Tom Lenihan, son of the late Brian Lenihan, pictured at Blanchardstown IT in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
9/9/13 Tom Lenihan, son of the late Brian Lenihan, pictured at Blanchardstown IT in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins

The son of the late Finance Minister Brian Lenihan has said there is help for anyone who is battling depression if they confront their demons.

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Tom Lenihan was speaking on RTÉ's 'Claire Byrne Live' programme last night during a discussion about mental health and what can be done to help young people battling depression.

The former Trinity College students' union president, who has previously spoken about his battle with depression and faced impeachment after it was discovered he had cheated in college exams, said he had learnt from his mistakes and added that this was the best way to overcome internal struggles.

"It took my mistakes to learn how I was going to get out of this. Some of them were horrific mistakes that I'm not proud of," he said.

He said it was during a talk by mental health charity Aware that he realised he was depressed but said putting a "label" on it made it easier to deal with.

Asked what advice he would have for young people, he said it was difficult to put yourself in someone else's shoes but urged people to "hold on".

"I had two suicide attempts and it does actually get better once you confront it," he said.

Irish Independent

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