Saturday 24 February 2018

Video: Ireland star Jack McGrath opens up about losing his brother to suicide six years ago

Leinster and Ireland star Jack McGrath has opened up about the suicide of his brother in 2010 as part of a new initiative to raise awareness about mental health.

McGrath revealed that he and his brother were 'very close' and he bottled up his emotions after the tragic loss.

As part of IRUPA's 'Tackle Your Feelings' campaign, McGrath was keen to stress how talking about his feelings helped him to deal with his troubles and urged people in similar circumstances to do likewise.

"When my brother died in 2010, it caused a lot of anger and anxiety," he said.

"He'd come to all my games, even from under-10s. He always used to say to me, 'You'll play for Ireland.

"It's one of the main reasons why I wanted to play for Ireland, when you hear that ringing in your ears every time you walk out on the pitch.

On talking about his feelings with other, McGrath added: "It was like a gas valve releasing when I started to speak about how I felt. It can be the smallest thing that you say to somebody that can make you feel better.

"The longer you keep it bottled up, the worse it’s going to get. Nobody is going to slag you for feeling a certain way. It’s human nature. After what happened to my brother I think it’s really important to be open about mental health."

Irish women's player Hannah Tyrrell also features on the website and talks about her struggle with self-harm and bulimia.

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