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Friday 24 November 2017

Stars unite to raise depression awareness

Mark Folens

TWO of Ireland's most popular TV presenters yesterday spoke of the importance of communication with family and friends to fight depression.

At the launch of an Irish language depression support booklet, Rose of Tralee presenter Daithi O Se and Newstalk host Sile Seoige spoke of the effect depression could have and the importance of "being there" for others.

"There is a stigma attached to depression, but it is an obstacle we all face at one time or another. If you're feeling down, speak to somebody. It doesn't cost anything and you will feel better," said O Se.

The support booklet is part of the mental health awareness campaign 'Lean on Me'.

"Depression is something very hard to pinpoint and can manifest itself in many ways. You may not even know you are depressed. But if you do feel you need help or can't cope, tell a friend. Communication is the key," Seoige said.

While young males are usually targeted in campaigns, Irish spea-kers are the focus of this initiative, and O Se added: "This is about breaking down hurdles for Irish speakers who have depression."

Irish Independent

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