Monday 18 December 2017

Bryan Dobson: 'I come from a family that talks about our problems'

Jason Kennedy

Jason Kennedy

Veteran RTE broadcaster Bryan Dobson said he encourages his family to talk about any emotional problems they may have.

Mr Dobson said the first thing anyone should do when they encounter problems in their life is to talk to other people.

"I'm in a family where we all try and talk. I certainly talk a lot to my wife and she talks to me and we talk to our children and they talk to us," he said.

"I think the first thing you should do when you have issues in your life is to share them with people. If you keep them bottled up, they get bigger and bigger and bigger and they become more overwhelming."

The veteran broadcaster launched the new Samaritans' Talk to Us appeal today.

The Talk to Us awareness campaign is running throughout July. Branches of the Samaritans will take to the streets to make sure the public is aware of the charity's work as part of the drive.

"Traditionally, men have found it more difficult to talk about emotional or mental health issues. I think they want to get out that more men are speaking out and that's been an experience of most of their volunteers," Mr Dobson said.

The newsreader also spoke about his recent appointment as Adjunct Professor of Public Service Broadcast Journalism at The University of Limerick (UL), and said he's looking forward to the new role.

"I had visited on a previous occasion and arising from that, they had asked me if I would do it in a more formal way," he said.

Irish Independent

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