Friday 20 April 2018

'Communitea' action to highlight mental health over a cuppa

Actor Rory Cowan launched the campaign with RTÉ broadcaster Joe Duffy
Actor Rory Cowan launched the campaign with RTÉ broadcaster Joe Duffy
Claire Murphy

Claire Murphy

RTÉ presenter Joe Duffy has raised concerns for young people's mental health as they prepare to enter college.

The 'Liveline' host spoke at a Suicide or Survive (SOS) event in the Liberties, Dublin.

The 61-year-old told how during filming his new RTÉ documentary, 'A Classroom Divide', which airs next month, he saw first-hand the effect of exams and life's pressure on young people.

"Mental health is a focus in a lot of areas, but depression is a big issue. I hope people can support this initiative in September," he said.

Duffy, along with actor Rory Cowan, spoke about how SOS is encouraging 'communiteas' to sit down to discuss their mental health.

"People with depression don't look any different - they could be the healthiest, fittest people," he said. See www.suicideorsurvive.ie for more details.

Irish Independent

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