Breakfast on Newstalk tackles depression

5 Feb

There was a huge reaction to Newstalk Breakfast’s discussion on depression on 24 January. Listen to the podcast here: http://www.newstalk.ie/2012/programmes/all-programmes/breakfast/discussion-on-depression-2/

Ivan and Chris spoke to Agnes Rowley, a depression sufferer and a volunteer for the last 10 years with Aware, and Dr Declan Lyons, Consultant Psychiatrist at St Patrick’s University, about the illness.

Agnes emphasised the importance of reaching out and talking to someone if you are depressed. She also noted the importance of family support, citing Aware’s three-pronged approach of patient, relative and doctor. Once again, the point was made that we need to talk to children about their mental, not just their physical, health and well-being.

The Irish charity Aware aims to create a society in which those with depression and their families are understood and supported, are free from stigma and have access to a range of appropriate therapies to enable them to reach their full potential.  It provides support services for those with depression and their loved ones, including:

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