"A friend asked me to serve on the board of St. Vincent's Hospital in Fairview, and out of that I've learnt quite a bit about mental health.
"I'm happy to get involved (in various mental health awareness campaigns) – anything one can do, I'm happy to do.
"When I was leaving school, the nuns gave us a poem – 'Desiderata' – and it simply says, 'Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself'.
"So I've taken that through life, and I take time out and make sure to do little things I like for myself, whether I get to a concert or spend some time listening to nice music.
"Exercise is great, too. On a miserable wet morning there's the temptation to stay in bed with a cup of coffee, but I fight that and tend to feel better. I don't tend to have problems sleeping, but if I do, I'll just pick up a book and it usually knocks me out again.
"I do get stressed from time to time, but I've no real trick for dealing with it.
"Just getting through it hour by hour, day by day, helps.
"If I'm feeling down I have to give myself a little kick and tell myself to just go with it.
"To unwind, I have a glass of wine like most people, without going overboard.
"I have very good family and friends, but I'm not great at talking to them if ever there is something going on. I prefer to work things out myself.
"I realise the value of being able to do that, and I can see if things get too bad. Whenever a slump comes on, I know to go with it."