Sunday 26 February 2017

Positive attitude is the first step to better mental health

It takes courage, strength and support to break the silence on one of our most devastating ills, believes Olivia O'Leary

Olivia O'Leary

'Politicians are often accused of being self-serving but Robert Troy wasn’t serving himself last week; he was speaking out for those who feel they have no voice. Moments like that could restore your faith in politics.' Photo: Patrick Bolger Photography
'Politicians are often accused of being self-serving but Robert Troy wasn’t serving himself last week; he was speaking out for those who feel they have no voice. Moments like that could restore your faith in politics.' Photo: Patrick Bolger Photography

You know, just when you despair of politicians, they can surprise you. Just when fear - fear of one another, fear of the electorate - is dogging our politics, someone stands up and says something courageous.

Robert Troy of Fianna Fail decided that the full day debate on Mental Health a week or so ago should mean something. So he revealed his own experience of depression and anxiety to support the argument for better funding for the mental health services.

He said he suffered from anxiety and minor depression which he found crippling and all consuming.

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