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# Awareness

Last month
May 2023
# Organ Donation
'For all of my 20s I've been on dialysis, so I'd just take anything at this stage'
Matthew McNeive has been waiting almost five years for a new kidney.
This year
# Brent Pope
'I found myself looking into the mirror... feeling like I was looking at someone else'
Former RTÉ pundit Brent Pope has opened up about his struggles with mental health.
All time
# Awareness
'I had gotten to the stage where I was starting to think about making myself sick'
Former Dublin minor hurler Cormac Ryan will appear in a gripping documentary about eating disorders among men this week.
# Awareness
'There was no understanding of suicide' - Galway star recalls cousin's death in documentary
Former Galway hurler Niall Donohue took his own life in 2013.
# Awareness
Eight-time All-Ireland winner opens up about arthritis diagnosis at just 20 years of age
Michael Fennelly talks to The42 about the challenges of living with Ankylosing Spondylitis.
# Awareness
Dublin Rape Crisis Centre says 'more people than ever are disclosing and seeking help'
There were approximately 270 calls every week to the National 24-Hour Freephone Helpline in 2018.
# Awareness
Poll: Do you think breastfeeding is promoted enough?
National Breastfeeding Week was launched yesterday.
# blood cancer awareness
29% of those who care for a loved one with cancer do so for at least 39 hours a week
More than 2,000 people a year across Ireland are diagnosed with a form of blood cancer.
# RunningForJosie
After losing his mother to suicide at 11, hurler running marathon in Antarctic for suicide prevention
“Counselling was the most important intervention in my life and that’s not to be dramatic, that’s just being honest.”
# world asthma day
'I've had asthma attacks at school, on holidays, even my debs - I've just had to learn to live with it'
Asthma kills one person every week in Ireland but Cat Kennedy hasn’t let the condition slow her down.
# Suicide
Call for special taskforce to Tallaght area after concerns about suicide deaths
Sinn Féin’s Sean Crowe says access to mental health care is ‘missing or thin on the ground’ in his constituency.
Living alone in old age: 'When my wife died, I discovered I didn't have close friends. It's lonely'
Alone, a charity for older people, has launched its Christmas campaign – No one should be alone this Christmas.
# Mental Health
This is how a Dublin teenager single-handedly set off to raise suicide awareness in her local area
18-year-old Jessica Clohisey is set to host the third annual Sail Against Suicide event in Dublin.
# the long walk home
From Austria to Armagh - this Irishman is trekking 2,500km across Europe for dementia
Eamonn Donnelly and his friend Sepp Tieber are currently making their way across England.
# don't ignore the red
'Us men don't talk about things, we think 'Ah, it'll go away''
Packie Bonner wants more people to recognise the symptoms of bladder cancer.
# Pieta House
In photos: Over 150,000 people at 150 locations take part in Darkness into Light
The symbolic walk into the light is aimed at encouraging people to talk about suicide and mental health issues.
# tackle meningitis
'He ended up in an induced coma': Matt Dawson on his son's meningitis battle
Dawson and Rory Best are teaming up to raise awareness about the condition.
'My epilepsy diagnosis gave me impetus to achieve as much as I can to prove all the naysayers wrong'
Monday is International Epilepsy Day. Ailbhe Benson (27) reveals her personal journey with the condition that affects over 37,000 people in Ireland.
# Awareness
The number of people self-harming in Ireland is continuing to rise
A conference will be held next month to raise awareness of how to tackle self-harm.
# what would you do
NWCI criticises €1m campaign against domestic violence, but minister says it's backed by research
The National Women’s Council has criticised the focus on the domestic violence campaign being on the bystander.
'When I was told my brother had died by suicide, I crumbled to the floor and howled'
Michelle Ross speaks openly about what she and her family have gone through since her brother died by suicide last year.
# Sponsored By HSE
Know someone with dementia? Here are 5 ways to reach out to them
Anyone can get dementia, but everyone can help by understanding more.
# trigeminal neuralgia
Over 30 Irish buildings to light up to raise awareness of 'one of the most painful conditions known to science'
It is estimated to affect 1 in 20,000 people, but is often misdiagnosed as a migraine, toothache or a joint condition.
# Workplace accidents
"When I woke up I couldn't move arms, legs - so I had to start from scratch again"
Construction Safety Week is trying to get people to be safer in the workplace.
# snowblow
New HIV cases in injecting drug users had a big rise in 2015
A new campaign is being launched this morning which aims to highlight the issue for Irish AIDS Day.
# Financial Abuse
Vast majority of elderly abuse is carried out by a close friend or family member
A new campaign aims to highlight the financial abuse of the elderly.
# World MS Day
'My sister and I have never let it stop us from doing what we want to do'
Naomi Donaldson and her little sister were diagnosed with MS within a year of each other. She describes how they’ve coped with it.
# gluten-free life
'If I do break my diet I would be very sick" - living with coeliac disease isn't easy
We spoke to two people whose lives changed as a result of their diagnosis.
# Know Thy Nuts
GAA players are urging men to check their testicles
GAA players Jason Hughes, Emlyn Mulligan, Lee Chin and Killian Clarke are ‘copping a feel’ to raise awareness of testicular cancer.
# Awareness
Limerick beauty queen speaks of finding body of friend who died by suicide
Judy Fitzgerald said her grief inspired her to help raise awareness of suicide in Ireland.
# Awareness
Dublin Mayor throws weight behind 'What's in the Powder?' drugs campaign
The initiative is aimed at increasing awareness levels around drugs.
# Awareness
New rapid HIV testing project looking to Ireland's bars and workplaces
The new service will soon be available in Dublin’s Pantibar.
# alex ryan
"When he died, a lot of my dreams and my hopes died with him"
The sister of a teenager who died after taking a synthetic drug has spoken publicly for the first time.
# know your status
Coffee cups in Dublin are going to urge people to get tested for HIV
To date in 2015, 411 new HIV infections have been detected in Ireland – an increase on last year.
# save your breath
The 'devastating' common illness we need to talk about
“My first instinct was ‘Oh my god, I’m going to die.’”
# Full Circle
This man overcame cancer as a teenager and now helps others who are diagnosed
“The volunteers were so great that I always had it in my head that I wanted to help out, I wanted to put something back.”
# Awareness
Felix Jones' own close call has him leading the charge for wheelchair accessibility
Jamie Heaslip and David Wallace will be joining the Munster star in attempting to travel from Aviva Stadium to Thomond Park while in a wheelchair.
# transgender
So how did Kellie Maloney get on at the LGBT matchmaking festival?
She got on very, very well indeed. Kellie, formerly boxing promoter Frank, fully transitioned to being a woman last year.
# dramatic change
Celebrity suicides lead to increase in suicidal tendencies
A study found that activity on ‘SuicideWatch’ changed dramatically in the weeks after celebrity suicides.
# Awareness
'I lost my boy to carbon monoxide poisoning - I don't want another family to go through this'
18 year old Neil McFerran and Aaron Davidson succumbed to fumes while on a trip at a family member’s apartment in 2010.