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Reilly: 'Medical model' not always the best way to deal with mental health issues

Shane O'Riordan

Published 25/06/2015 | 02:30

Niamh Tubridy, Thomas Ganley, Cillian Byrne and Ella Mulkerrins launched the Let’s Go Mental campaign at Leinster House yesterday. It is designed to promote positive mental health among young people
Niamh Tubridy, Thomas Ganley, Cillian Byrne and Ella Mulkerrins launched the Let’s Go Mental campaign at Leinster House yesterday. It is designed to promote positive mental health among young people

A leading athlete and a government minister have spoken out about the challenges they have faced with their mental health.

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Asked if he had ever faced mental health problems, Children's Minister James Reilly said: "Of course everyone has had bad days.

"But the importance should be put on early intervention and sharing your problems with people who care about you."

He added that mental health issues cannot always be addressed by "a medical model".

Mr Reilly was speaking at the official opening of the Let's Go Mental nationwide campaign which was set up by Comhairle na nÓg bodies nationwide to promote positive health in young people.

Irish Olympic sailor Annalise Murphy said: "I've certainly struggled, being at high-level sport you have highs and lows. When you're doing well you feel like you're on top of the world, but if you're not performing well, it can be pretty hard.

"I'm pretty hard on myself sometimes, so I've worked with some brilliant sport psychologists to help me with that. It's one of the most important parts of my Olympic campaign - ensuring that I'm in a happy and comfortable place mentally."

Let's Go Mental will feature 31 regional events to promote positive mental health through sport, the arts and other activities from June to October this year.

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