Sunday 11 December 2016

'There shouldn’t be any stigma around it' - Rubberbandits' Blindboy calls for young Irish people to be given tools to protect their mental health

Published 24/10/2016 | 17:58

Blindboy Boatclub of the Rubberbandits comedy duo has said that young people should be given the tools to protect their mental health and talk about it without stigma.

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“I used to have mental health problems and I brought myself out of that using the tools of psychology,” Blindboy said, “these being cognitive behavioural therapy and emotional intelligence. I want to democratise those tools and make them available to young people listening.”

“Emotional intelligence is to be able to label your emotions; we often don’t know how to label them. Anger is a healthy emotion, but rage is an unhealthy emotion. Anger can be motivational. But rage ultimately hurts you,” he continued.

“We need to change the education system so that kids that are very young can learn about CBT and emotional issues.

“The tools of mental health are becoming a part of our everyday language. People should be able to tell their friends they’re going to the counsellor as easily as they would say they’re going to the dentist. There shouldn’t be any stigma around it; it’s normal.”

The Rubberbandits came to fame after their song ‘Horse Outside’ went viral, but they have also become social commentators on a variety of issues in recent months, but Blind Boy said that the Bandits never intended to be public activists.

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“People asked us questions, we answered them, and they liked the answers, so they asked more questions,” he said today.

When asked whether the Bandits would consider removing their trademarked plastic bags, Blind Boy said “I don’t want to be an Irish celebrity. I want to be able to go to Lidl without having lads shout Horse Outside in my ear. I live in Limerick; I want to have a private, quiet life.”

Mr Chrome, the other half of the duo, was not present in the interview – Blind Boy joked that he was “tracking migratory patterns of falcons in Malta.”

“It’s very difficult as well, because the Maltese falcon isn’t a migratory bird.”

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