I won’t go into a long spiel of why you should or shouldn’t listen to Ireland Interrupted.
I can tell you that when I pitched the idea it was met with eye rolls and sighs and “Oh god, here we go agains”.
I would have found this response to my idea disheartening but it didn’t quench my desire to spend five months talking to people about what is continually ignored in our society, emotional illness.
Yes, you’ve probably heard the cliche of “If it was a broken leg, it would be fixed, if it was a broken leg, people would take medication, if it was a broken leg, people wouldn’t be ignored.” but it’s time to stop talking in cliches and get real with what’s going on.
The people behind the numbers are people like you and I. The vocabulary used to discuss these people alienate them. The stigmas attached to these people alienate them, being afraid to have a general conversation about mental health alienates them. So what do we do? We wake up, we stop, we listen and we think about the human beings behind these numbers because they’re not numbers; They are our friends, our family, they’re the people that make us laugh, cry, get thick, get drunk and love us as we love them, they’re us.
- Depression and Anxiety are the most common emotional illnesses in Ireland
- Ireland has the fourth highest suicide rate in Europe
- Suicide is the leading cause of death for men aged between 15 and 34
- 85% of people agree that “anyone can experience a mental health problem”,
but, 62% would not want others knowing if they themselves had a mental health
- One in five people stated that they care for or are related to someone with
a mental health problem
- Six in ten adults would not want people knowing about it if they themselves were experiencing mental health problems
- A similar proportion do not believe that people with mental health problems should do important jobs such as being a doctor or a nurse.
If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in Ireland Interrupted, Please do not hesitate to contact:
The Samaritans 116 123
Aware 1800 804 848 (Depression/Anxiety)
Pieta House 1800 247 247 (Suicide/Self harm)
Teen Line Ireland 1800 833 634 (Teens aged between 13/19)
Childline 1800 666 666 (Teens under the age of 18)