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# Depression

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# Speaking out
Tackling mental health - 'Shane Carthy was a winner last Thursday without stepping on a field'
Colin Regan, the GAA’s Community & Health manager, speaks on the sporting lessons we can take from mental health week.
# safety contract
School asks girl to sign 'safety contract' after she drew a picture of a gun
The five-year-old was asked if she was “depressed” after pointing a crayon at another student and saying “pew pew”.
# Mental Health
Here’s how many people were admitted to psychiatric units in Ireland last year
The Health Research Board released the figures today.
Opinion: You’re never too old to talk – so don't overlook older people's mental health
Some great strides have been made in this country in recent years to tackle mental health issues, but let’s make sure all people in society are cared for.
# bottling it up
"Mortified, we hope it'll be grand": Enda speaks out on male depression
Men “tend to suffer in silence, or stubbornness”, the Taoiseach said today.
# Depression
'I just went completely blank' - Dubs U21 star Shane Carthy on his depression
“It was building up for the last couple of years. It got worse and worse in the six months previous to the Leinster final.”
# Breakthrough
Could depression soon be diagnosed through a blood test?
A breakthrough in research in the US suggests that depression could soon by diagnosed via a blood test.
# Support
Could you help someone who is experiencing depression?
Aware is a support service for people dealing with depression, it’s looking for volunteers.
# still stigmatised
Most of us see Irish society as hostile to mental health problems
65% say mental health treatment is seen as a sign of failure.
# hope and cope
Living with a 'black dog': An animated guide you really should watch
This poignant and beautiful video has some brilliant advice.
Myths v Facts on suicide: a misunderstood issue that claims 800,000 lives each year
A major new report by the WHO shows that appropriate support for those with suicidal thoughts is essential.
# Quality of Life
People with cancer need dedicated treatment to tackle depression
Major depression is much more common among cancer sufferers – but trial shows a possible way forward.
Opinion: Robin Williams' death is a tragedy we should learn from – reach out to someone. Today.
Ask someone how they’re doing today, and listen – really listen – to the answer.
# Insane in the Brain
Scientists are figuring out a way to make our brains work better
The results could be good news for those suffering from nervous system disorders.
# Speaking out
"I miss him, but it's okay." - 10-year-old girl talks about her dad who died by suicide
Andy Morgan died on New Year’s Eve in 2010.
Opinion: The reality of mental illness doesn't fit into a sanitised sound bite
Although clearly well-intentioned, the irony is that in order to reduce perceived stigma the media has given us a palatable portrayal of mental illness.
Opinion: I've walked across burning coals and broken glass – I know I can beat depression too
The last six years have been challenging, and the last 18 months even more so, but I’m looking forward to a very different future for me and my family.
Opinion: I have a vision – I want to live in a world where depression is understood
Back at the beginning, the last thing in the world I wanted to accept was “that” label. In my mind, depression was something older people suffered from.
Opinion: I had a great life, friends, business - and I was paralysed by depression
“Panic attacks can be a sign of depression and mental health issues and I couldn’t believe it was happening to me” – Niall Harbison on fighting two battles; illness and stigma.
# Mental Health
Free online tool offers help to teens and adults with depression
The tool offers immediate access to a lower-intensity intervention and is implemented through healthcare professionals.
# Mental Health
'I stopped self-harming, the thoughts of suicide are gone and I don't judge myself'
There is a breakthrough therapy helping Ireland to tackle the high incidence of suicide and self harm.
# Rehabilitation
'One suicide within prison is too many'
The Irish Institute of Naturopathic Medicine is calling on the government to support its pilot programme to help reduce suicide in prisons.
Opinion: On medication, I function – off medication, I don’t. It’s as simple as that.
I want to put myself out there as walking proof that medication can, and does, work – and more that that, it’s vital for me to keep functioning.
Opinion: Antidepressants – friend or foe?
I resisted taking medication for a long time because I was worried about other people’s reactions, but antidepressants have undoubtedly been my friend.
# One Good Adult
VIDEO: What do you do to cheer yourself up?
Young people are being encourage to find one thing that cheers them up – and reach out to one good adult in a time of need.
Opinion: We are in the midst of a national crisis. How many more deaths before the government acts?
The recent story of two patients checking themselves out of psychiatric units days before taking their own lives is not a once-off.
Opinion: I was hurting inside but was worried I'd be seen as a weirdo, a freak, if I spoke up
After suffering in silence with a mental illness for many years, I finally realised that I had nothing to be ashamed of.
# take care
Mothers more likely to suffer depression four years after childbirth
Though little research has been done in Ireland on postpartum depression past the 12 month mark, one expert said increased resourcing for public health nurses is key to tackling the problem.
Opinion: We are never alone, even on our worst days
I’m beginning to understand myself, to accept that it’s OK to feel sad, to feel angry, to feel scared. Nobody is happy all the time.
Opinion: Anxiety and depression are key in keeping the long-term unemployed out of work
Mental health, rather than economic growth, may be one of the key factors in helping people return to work.
# support needed
'I got a feeling looking at my new baby that he'd be better off without me'
42,000 women in Ireland are diagnosed each year with a mental health illness and emotional trauma surrounding pregnancy and childbirth.
# Mental Health
Ice-hockey could take inspiration from GAA in coping with mental illness
The NHL experienced a mental health crisis in 2011.
# So Long
BAN THE BANKS: There's a wild theory going around that some people are starting to take seriously
What do you think? Does it sound brilliant or crazy – or both?
Opinion: Six weeks ago I went to hospital, threatening to hurt myself. I was sent home.
I have clinical depression and presented myself to hospital on my GP’s request. The doctor deemed me to be “stressed”, wrote me prescription and sent me home, alone.
# Mental Health
Time off due to stress and depression 'costs Europe €94 billion a year'
A new survey has revealed that depression, stress, and burn out affects one-third of workers.
# Deise Comrades
Brick Walsh pays tribute to Wayne Hutchinson after depression struggle revealed
“I would have played with Wayne a lot, I’d know him well. You’d have to commend him.”
# Speaking out
Wayne Hutchinson: 'I must talk. I know I need help. This is a path I can’t walk alone.'
The Waterford GAA player shares his personal experience of living with depression.
# Recovery
Half of stroke patients suffer depression or anxiety and most don't get help
The Irish Heart Foundation is urging speedy action from health authorities to ensure services focus on psychological as well as physical recovery.
Column: We could all benefit from a little of Wayne Rooney’s wisdom
The mindset of a professional sportsperson can show us a lot about how to deal with depression, writes Dr Keith Gaynor.
# Mental Health
New study reveals one in four professional footballers suffer from depression
FIFPro have released their latest findings after surveying over 180 active professional players.