Health

Wednesday 20 August 2014

I quit drink to help beat depression, says U2 star

Adam Clayton

U2's Adam Clayton has spoken of how quitting alcohol helped him battle his depression.

The rock star  has identified his drinking habit as the main cause of 'suicidal thoughts' which he battled during his early years with the band.

Clayton (53) has pleaded directly with young people not to ignore depression, and to seek out help if they are feeling down.

He has revealed that despite his comfortable upbringing and years of superstardom with U2, he was prone to suicidal thoughts and depression.

"I am an ex-drinker and I am a very happy ex-drinker but before I got to that point I had been through the whole process of suicidal thoughts," Clayton confessed.

Clayton made the comments as part of the National Walk in My Shoes day – a fundraising and awareness event for St Patrick's University Hospital, Dublin. The money raised will go towards providing mental health services to vulnerable young adults.

Text 'shoes' to 57802 to donate €2 or go to www.walkinmyshoes.ie to donate or seek help with depression.

Irish Independent

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