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Musicians challenge depression prejudice

A CRITICALLY acclaimed musician has spoken openly of his mental health problems for the first time, in an attempt to counteract prejudice.

Tony Wright, guitarist with rising band 'And So I Watch You From Afar', revealed yesterday that he is bipolar.

And fellow guitarist Michael Pope of Le Galaxie also revealed that he has suffered from depression. "I think one of the most important things to know is that it's not your fault. That is the key thing," he said.

At the launch of First Fortnight music festival were Michael Pope along with Colm O'Gorman of Amnesty International and Dave McLoughlin (also from Le Galaxie). First Fortnight combines music, art and discussion to challenge mental health prejudice.

Irish Independent