Talk helps but comprehensive therapy can be better

On Christmas Eve morning, when the cafes and restaurants were still open, I met a close friend from secondary school for a hot chocolate. In the midst of general catching up (work, family, pets), my friend mentioned that she had just started taking an SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor). We’d chatted about this before, as […]

Aokigahara Forest and Beyond

Social media influencers play a massive role in mental health advocacy, and over the years we have seen many influencers successfully promote healthy and open dialogues pertaining to mental health. Mental health and the way we as individuals approach it is very important, and if we do so in the wrong manner, we risk hurting […]

Populism is bad for your mental health: Here’s why

Gerard O’Connor gives Motley his take on why populism is bad for your mental health.   Covid-19 and the experience of multiple lockdowns have brought the importance of looking after our mental health to the centre stage of 2020. In recent years our quality of mental health has been of growing concern, with the growth […]

Give Your Head Peace: Northern Irish Mental Health post-Brexit

Charlie Power of North-South Perspective talks about the effects Brexit is having on the mental health of Northern Ireland.    I was sat in the pub with my girlfriend, nursing a pint of Guinness and trying to avoid the constant glare of Sky News bulletins rolling in. The relentless white noise of washed-up has-beens sharing […]

Editorial: The neverending journey – entering and exiting the maze.

This editorial is brought to you by fluoxetine, flurazepam, promethazine and quetiapine. It’s sponsored by counselling, patronised by the waning weight of rain clouds and subsidised by years of pain, growth, love, inventory, strife, hope and wonder. Mental health issues and subsequent recovery are by no means a linear journey, trust me, I know, but […]

Minding Your Mental Health in Lockdown: A How-To Guide

Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Molly Kavanagh, shares some of the​_ ways in which she intends on minding her mental health in Ireland’s current Level 5 COVID-19 restrictions.   When I enter into a depressive episode, the only thing I want to do is turn off my phone, close my blinds, get into bed, and sleep the entire […]