Shane Mullins and male blues – “Big depressed heads on them”

7 Feb

Today’s Irish Times features a brilliant, no-nonsense summing up of the need for men to talk about their mental health. The article profiles Shane Mullins, who has been touring the country talking about the approach he used to get his life back in shape after a serious car crash in 2005.

Shane calls his programme D’mess – for determination, motivation, emotional support and social life – and he uses it to try to help young people tackle their own problems. On the topic of men and depression, he says:

“Lads go round with big depressed heads on them because they think they can sort things out themselves. They cannot. There’s no way any human in this room can do anything on their own; I’ve learned that. I can manage my physical health on my own, but no way can I manage mental health; that’s what I try to get across. Learn to talk to people. It doesn’t make you a wimp.”

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