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Helping others more important than success for Irene Hehir

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*Irene Hehir. Photograph: John Mangan Football, soccer, the beautiful game, call it what you want, for Irene Hehir getting lost in the sport was also how she found herself once again.

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Under investment in mental health cannot continue – Garvey

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A continued neglect of rural Ireland is contributing to mental health problems according to Roisin Garvey.

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Young people need to know ‘it is ok not to feel ok’

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Young people need to be reminded “it is ok not to feel ok” and Co Clare needs to look after its next generation, a Council meeting has heard. Cllr Ann Norton proposed at the January meeting of Clare County Council that the local authority write to both Simon Harris and Katherine Zappone who serve as…

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I’m living proof you can rise from rock bottom

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AT NINETEEN I was diagnosed with a mental illness called Bipolar Disorder. I was in University in Galway at the time studying Arts. I have the benefit of hindsight now but at that time, I honestly didn’t know what I was going through. All these feelings and emotions were new to me. It was a…

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Clare mental health activists considering national protest

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The protest outside Ennis General Hospital on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Peter Flannigan

MENTAL health activist Gary Fitzgibbon has said that the protest held outside Ennis Hospital on Saturday has made him realise that the state of the Mental Health Service is worse than he thought. Speaking to The Clare Echo, Gary claimed a young woman was turned away twice in the one day from the Acute Unit…

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Mental health protest at Ennis Hospital this Saturday

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A protest calling for improvements of the mental health facilities in Clare takes place this Saturday outside Ennis General Hospital. Shannon’s Gary Fitzgibbon has organised the event runs from 12pm to 3pm this Saturday and comes on the back of a public meeting held in Treacy’s West County Hotel last month. He explained to The…

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Kilrush Garda steps up for West Clare mental health

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KILRUSH Community Garda Eoin Daly is on a mission to raise funds for West Clare mental health charity Happy Feet Happy Minds. The local organisation provides mental health support services for young adults in the region. Eoin was prompted to raise money for Happy Feet Happy Minds following a recent local tragedy. “Because of knowing…

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‘Our mental health service is a shambles’

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Writing a special column for The Clare Echo this week, Shannon native Gary Fitzgibbon tells of his experiences dealing with the Irish Mental Health system and how he finally won his battle OUR Mental Health Service is a shambles. I know that is a bold statement to make but based on my own personal experience…

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Walk from Darkness into Light for Pieta House

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L- R Dawn Halpin, Elaine Daniels, Melissa Purcell, Catherine Ryan, Pearl Nugent Cllr Mary Howard and Tom McEvoy Photo by Arthur Ellis

DARKNESS into Light has grown exponentially over the last few years, with dawn walks now happening in every corner of the globe. Pieta House’s vision is to create a world where suicide, self-harm and stigma have been replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance. Darkness into Light is vital for their fundraising, for raising awareness and…

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Everyone knows someone: Raising awareness of mental health issues

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THE Donohue family from Kilbeacanty, Co Galway are an old school family; farming people on the edge of Lough Cutra lake. The tragic circumstances around the death of Niall Donohue has been well documented since Niall took his life by suicide back in October 2013 and it plays heavily on the family still. ‘’It’s with…

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