Tuesday 27 January 2015

Nationwide praise for Conor Cusack for his 'bravery and honesty' on battle with depression

Praise poured in for former Cork hurler Conor Cusack last night as he spoke candidly about his experience with depression on national television.

Conor Cusack’s featured as a guest on RTÉ’S Prime Time last night.

The Cloyne man, who is a brother of former Cork keeper Donal Og Cusack, spoke about the article he posted online in recent days which has since gone viral online.

His personal account of his battle with depression, which has been read and shared by tens of thousands of people, poignantly ends with a line of hope:“The most important thing is to take the first step. Please take it.”

Cusack wrote there was “no situation that is without hope, there is no person that can’t overcome their present difficulties.

“For those that are suffering silently, there is help out there and you are definitely not alone.

“Everything you need to succeed is already within you and you have all the answers your own issues.

“A good therapist will facilitate that process.”

Conor Cusack spoke honestly about his own experience with depression.
Conor Cusack spoke honestly about his own experience with depression.
Conor Cusack spoke honestly about his own experience with depression.
Conor with his nephew Conal Cusack. (Twitter/ Conor Cusack)
Conor speaking to Newstalk about the history of Cloyne. (Twitter/ Conor Cusack)
"Job done and mission completed. We live in a truly beautiful country" (Twitter/ Conor Cusack)
Conor Cusack "on top of the world" (Twitter/ Conor Cusack)

He wrote it is “an act of courage to face up to your problems”.

Cusack’s piece comes in the wake of the tragic death last week of Galway senior hurler Niall Donoghue, who died just days before his 23rd birthday.

Hundreds of people shared their praise for the Cusack  online, including a number of household names.

Former Munster player Alan Quinlan, who has spoken of his own battle with depression praised Cusack's honesty during his appearance on Prime Time last night.

"Well done Conor you were amazing and inspirational on with @MiriamOCal tonight #Respect," he wrote on Twitter last night.



Prime Time host Miriam O'Callaghan spoke of her excitement at hosting the most talked about person in Ireland on her show last night, whose blog featured on Independent.ie yesterday.


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