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Break-up pushed me to self-harm – Eoghan

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Speaking out: Eoghan McDermott. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Speaking out: Eoghan McDermott. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Speaking out: Eoghan McDermott. Photo: Caroline Quinn

A DUBLIN radio and television presenter has bravely spoken of how he self-harmed after the break-up of a relationship.

Voice of Ireland host Eoghan McDermott told how the ending of the relationship plunged him into a depression.

He said he that "he bottled up his emotions".

Eoghan added: "It was like a tidal wave had come along and smashed me over and all these ideas and senses I had of myself were all scattered and you're desperately trying to hang on to them and pull them back.

"That manifested in me doing something self-destructive which was self-harming," he explained.

The RTE host from Knocklyon in Dublin said he was particularly traumatised because he never expected the relationship would end in this manner.

"When you're at a stage in a scenario and you feel that getting something sharp and raking it over your skin is a logical, reasonable option, then you have got a problem.

"I found it quite hard but I wasn't able to talk about it," he said.

Prevention

Following his experiences he is now strongly backing Pieta House's suicide prevention campaign – the Dark Into Light event on May 10.

The "obvious logical thing" for men who suffer from this condition is to seek professional help, he said.

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