Wednesday 7 December 2016

Dr Ciara Kelly: Understand mental health and walk in their shoes

Ciara Kelly

Published 17/10/2016 | 02:30

People have real struggles with mental health on a daily basis
People have real struggles with mental health on a daily basis

It was World Mental Health Day last week. Which comes around once a year - perhaps unsurprisingly. And it generates a certain amount of conversation around mental health and indeed mental wellness as well as mental illness. St Patrick's Hospital in Dublin ran their Walk In My Shoes radio station this week to coincide with it. A pop-up radio station, that they broadcast every year that actually plays great tunes and has lots of fun and entertaining guests on, but also focuses on mental health issues like suicide, depression and anxiety. They get it right. There's nothing depressing about Walk In My Shoes - it's quite uplifting. But it highlights the real struggles that people have on a daily basis, sometimes just to get out of bed.

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I was on it as a guest and we had a good old chat about everything from what I was doing with my career and what tunes I like to listen to, to why I think it's important to mind your mental health and what you might be able to do to protect it. It was a cheery kind of an interview with the lovely Pat O'Mahony.

Ironically, Tuesday, when I did the interview, was a bad day for me. I was feeling the strain myself. Battling with my own anxieties. Finding it hard to hold everything together. My head was going down bad roads that I was struggling to resist.

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