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'There's always help out there and we hope this programme will be able to help others'

My Week Siobhán English talks to Bill Gleeson

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Tyre-ing work: Bill Gleeson on his farm in Tipperary; inset: on his tractor. Photo:  Liam Burke/Press 22

Tyre-ing work: Bill Gleeson on his farm in Tipperary; inset: on his tractor. Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22

Tyre-ing work: Bill Gleeson on his farm in Tipperary; inset: on his tractor. Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22

When young dairy farmer Bill Gleeson first stood up in front of dozens of young men and women earlier this year to speak about his own mental health, little did he realise the positive impact it would have on those around him.

"I was absolutely terrified on the night, but afterwards I was thrilled to learn that several others later came forward to share their own experiences. I was inundated with text messages," says the north Tipperary man of the workshop that also saw other young farmers speak openly to the audience about their own lives.

"It can be the loneliest place in the world but there's always help out there and we hope this programme will be able help others."


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