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From 8th-15th of October Laois Connects run a mental health awareness programme in the county. I'm sure other such events are taking place nationwide. Just a reminder, as the dark evenings come in, that there is help out there and you are not alone. Lately i have found some of my peers say they are tired of mental health being discussed and people in the media talking about their depression. Sorry, but it needs to be talked about, if we save one life that is a success. I'm a sufferer myself but doing well and receiving treatment for over 20 years. 7 years ago on 3rd October 2010 we lost a great footballer due to mental health issues. Here's a clip of the man in action. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVvUBfYeNVc

Unfortunately he is but one of many. If you're feeling low, worthless or life has no meaning for you please talk to someone. A problem shared is truly a problem halved. We all engage in discussion on these boards and posters like myself get wound up and go over the top. It can be hard to put ourselves in another's shoes and see that the 'obstinate' poster you are engaging with may not be a true reflection of that person but the comments a symptom of how they may be suffering. I'm a hypocrite myself, i started a thread a few weeks ago describing an ex gaa player's behaviour as bizarre. No one else thought so and more importantly from my point of view i was judging a person on a few minutes of tv appearance without any knowledge of their life. But you can't beat yourself up over mistakes, just move on a try and do better the next time.

Laois76 (Laois) - 29/09/2017 15:41:18    2051730

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Fair play your not alone on the site , many a lad has opened up here .

Damothedub (Dublin) - 29/09/2017 16:02:55    2051736

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Replying To Laois76:  "From 8th-15th of October Laois Connects run a mental health awareness programme in the county. I'm sure other such events are taking place nationwide. Just a reminder, as the dark evenings come in, that there is help out there and you are not alone. Lately i have found some of my peers say they are tired of mental health being discussed and people in the media talking about their depression. Sorry, but it needs to be talked about, if we save one life that is a success. I'm a sufferer myself but doing well and receiving treatment for over 20 years. 7 years ago on 3rd October 2010 we lost a great footballer due to mental health issues. Here's a clip of the man in action. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVvUBfYeNVc

Unfortunately he is but one of many. If you're feeling low, worthless or life has no meaning for you please talk to someone. A problem shared is truly a problem halved. We all engage in discussion on these boards and posters like myself get wound up and go over the top. It can be hard to put ourselves in another's shoes and see that the 'obstinate' poster you are engaging with may not be a true reflection of that person but the comments a symptom of how they may be suffering. I'm a hypocrite myself, i started a thread a few weeks ago describing an ex gaa player's behaviour as bizarre. No one else thought so and more importantly from my point of view i was judging a person on a few minutes of tv appearance without any knowledge of their life. But you can't beat yourself up over mistakes, just move on a try and do better the next time."
Fair play for your honesty Laois76. Those dark evenings and mornings can be a source of depression for many.

lilywhite1 (Kildare) - 29/09/2017 16:05:41    2051738

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Replying To Laois76:  "From 8th-15th of October Laois Connects run a mental health awareness programme in the county. I'm sure other such events are taking place nationwide. Just a reminder, as the dark evenings come in, that there is help out there and you are not alone. Lately i have found some of my peers say they are tired of mental health being discussed and people in the media talking about their depression. Sorry, but it needs to be talked about, if we save one life that is a success. I'm a sufferer myself but doing well and receiving treatment for over 20 years. 7 years ago on 3rd October 2010 we lost a great footballer due to mental health issues. Here's a clip of the man in action. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVvUBfYeNVc

Unfortunately he is but one of many. If you're feeling low, worthless or life has no meaning for you please talk to someone. A problem shared is truly a problem halved. We all engage in discussion on these boards and posters like myself get wound up and go over the top. It can be hard to put ourselves in another's shoes and see that the 'obstinate' poster you are engaging with may not be a true reflection of that person but the comments a symptom of how they may be suffering. I'm a hypocrite myself, i started a thread a few weeks ago describing an ex gaa player's behaviour as bizarre. No one else thought so and more importantly from my point of view i was judging a person on a few minutes of tv appearance without any knowledge of their life. But you can't beat yourself up over mistakes, just move on a try and do better the next time."
Their is a bit of nature about you Laois76 i must say...i think we had a few discussion in the past on hoganstand about mental health from Delboy and others and it's always good to keep people aware of the problem !




Peter McNulty great footballer and a wonderful person ..RIP

WhyTheLongFace (Meath) - 29/09/2017 16:10:31    2051739

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Replying To WhyTheLongFace:  "Their is a bit of nature about you Laois76 i must say...i think we had a few discussion in the past on hoganstand about mental health from Delboy and others and it's always good to keep people aware of the problem !




Peter McNulty great footballer and a wonderful person ..RIP"
Thanks Whythelongface. It's a big problem and it's not that i'm a sufferer i posted. I've been so lucky with finding the right treatment. Suicide is having a terrible effect on the country, not just the loss of the individual, but those left behind go through hell questioning themselves and what they could have done to save that person.

I know posters will conclude i'm being self indulgent about my own issues. I don't care if someone sees a doctor over the next few days and gets help. I'll take 10,000 red thumbs gladly. No matter what county we're from or what we believe in we're all essentially engaged in the same struggles.

Laois76 (Laois) - 29/09/2017 16:43:59    2051752

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Replying To Laois76:  "From 8th-15th of October Laois Connects run a mental health awareness programme in the county. I'm sure other such events are taking place nationwide. Just a reminder, as the dark evenings come in, that there is help out there and you are not alone. Lately i have found some of my peers say they are tired of mental health being discussed and people in the media talking about their depression. Sorry, but it needs to be talked about, if we save one life that is a success. I'm a sufferer myself but doing well and receiving treatment for over 20 years. 7 years ago on 3rd October 2010 we lost a great footballer due to mental health issues. Here's a clip of the man in action. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVvUBfYeNVc

Unfortunately he is but one of many. If you're feeling low, worthless or life has no meaning for you please talk to someone. A problem shared is truly a problem halved. We all engage in discussion on these boards and posters like myself get wound up and go over the top. It can be hard to put ourselves in another's shoes and see that the 'obstinate' poster you are engaging with may not be a true reflection of that person but the comments a symptom of how they may be suffering. I'm a hypocrite myself, i started a thread a few weeks ago describing an ex gaa player's behaviour as bizarre. No one else thought so and more importantly from my point of view i was judging a person on a few minutes of tv appearance without any knowledge of their life. But you can't beat yourself up over mistakes, just move on a try and do better the next time."
Fair play to you, you are not alone , going into my 16 year in treatment myself now. Always a hard time of year for most people. Its a subject that can never be talked about too much. It effects one in three of us unfortunately.
The more you talk about it the more you realise just how many people or their loved ones live with mental illness. Please do not suffer in silence , you are not alone.
Best wishes to all Gaels who read this.

Bon (Kildare) - 29/09/2017 20:28:50    2051798

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Replying To Bon:  "Fair play to you, you are not alone , going into my 16 year in treatment myself now. Always a hard time of year for most people. Its a subject that can never be talked about too much. It effects one in three of us unfortunately.
The more you talk about it the more you realise just how many people or their loved ones live with mental illness. Please do not suffer in silence , you are not alone.
Best wishes to all Gaels who read this."
Best wishes Bon. Keep the faith and fighting the good fight.

Laois76 (Laois) - 29/09/2017 21:26:54    2051807

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Replying To Laois76:  "Best wishes Bon. Keep the faith and fighting the good fight."
Likewise brother.

Bon (Kildare) - 29/09/2017 23:39:45    2051839

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Laois76 (Laois) -agree with you totally. We have a health system where most of the funding goes into administration and mental health is totally neglected. Hope everything goes well with you.

browncows (Meath) - 30/09/2017 02:47:20    2051849

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Well done on having the courage to speak out. It's not easy to fight the hardest battle of all, that is, the everyday fight to stay alive, and it's even harder in our society to be open about it.

I too opened up about my troubles just over a year ago now, and it was an amazingly liberating thing. People who I would never have thought of as troubled-people who seemed to have everything going for them- got in touch to tell me about their struggles. It's amazing how widespread maladies of the mind are, actually.

The most important thing is to remember that we are never alone, there will always be somewhere out there willing to listen.

Go n-eiri an t-adh leat.

Gleebo (Mayo) - 30/09/2017 06:30:51    2051851

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Thanks to everyone for the well wishes and i wish you all the best of health.

Laois76 (Laois) - 30/09/2017 11:18:00    2051894

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18 months ago my wife of 24 years begged me to go to my GP , cut a long story short I take one pill a day and my glass has been half full for over a year now . I have very close friends who would have witnessed things , I opened up told them the story , being Irish with a savage sense of humour I was away with them for our 10th golf weekend abroad and they rode me savage about my happy pills , point being it was liberating I took it in the morning at breakfast as I do every day in front of the lads , everyone of them has at one time or another come to me on their own to shake my hand .hardest thing is admitting the problem nearly equally as hard is making the decision to be open about it or keep stum

Damothedub (Dublin) - 30/09/2017 12:47:30    2051911

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Are tablets the answer to this lads? all I have read on it are first thing is exercise diet and proper sleep, I haven't big faith in doctors, they are ok in my opinion for something obvious,
I battle away myself but it's not easy alot of the time.

Tirchonaill1 (Donegal) - 30/09/2017 14:01:42    2051923

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Replying To Tirchonaill1:  "Are tablets the answer to this lads? all I have read on it are first thing is exercise diet and proper sleep, I haven't big faith in doctors, they are ok in my opinion for something obvious,
I battle away myself but it's not easy alot of the time."
I'm not a doctor , tablet one a day works for me , my issues were there in my 20s when I was very very fit and looked after myself .

Damothedub (Dublin) - 30/09/2017 15:21:21    2051934

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Replying To Tirchonaill1:  "Are tablets the answer to this lads? all I have read on it are first thing is exercise diet and proper sleep, I haven't big faith in doctors, they are ok in my opinion for something obvious,
I battle away myself but it's not easy alot of the time."
Depends on the person IMO. I don't personally take them, but there are times when I get down and exercise just won't do the job, even though it usually helps.

I do find that adopting a positive mindset helps, even if I have to force myself to do it. You can very easily make things a lot worse simply by allowing negative thoughts to fester.

Gleebo (Mayo) - 30/09/2017 15:35:49    2051938

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Are tablets the answer to this lads? all I have read on it are first thing is exercise diet and proper sleep, I haven't big faith in doctors, they are ok in my opinion for something obvious,
I battle away myself but it's not easy alot of the time.
Tirchonaill1 (Donegal) - Posts:180 - 30/09/2017 14:01:42
You are correct in that exercise, diet and proper sleep all play a big role but quite often medication is needed as lifestyle changes like above are simply not enough. Battling away yourself is great but you must work/talk with others BE that family, your friends as well as your GP and other medical professionals.

I'm not a doctor, tablet one a day works for me, my issues were there in my 20s when I was very very fit and looked after myself.
Damothedub (Dublin) - Posts:4582 - 30/09/2017 15:21:21
All too often it is people that young as they "appear" to have "everything" but inner turmoil can be too much for all too many people. Like for me my social anxiety can be very bad at times and it makes me do things in a very certain manner that can be very bad for me at times....
Like it drives me nuts that you put space between the last letter of a word and the full stop or comma that follows a word and i will correct it each time i quote one of your posts

ormondbannerman (Clare) - 30/09/2017 17:50:27    2051969

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Thanks lads,I suppose we all try and do whatever works best, it's not easy sometimes and life seems a bit pointless at times, if I thought there was a pill a day you could take to give you a boost I'd take it as long as there weren't any bad side effects. You always look around and see people that have real problems and you say to yourself to cop on it could be a lot worse but things just keep annoying you all the same. Also it seems to me that everyone else is having a great time of it but I know that's not the case, facebook or fakebook as I call it makes out everyone is having this perfect life.

Tirchonaill1 (Donegal) - 30/09/2017 20:40:20    2052005

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I became ill around my 20th birthday. I was playing on 7 different teams, studying fairly hard, farming at weekends. I totally burned myself out. I went from a fit young man to someone who shook all over going to the local shop.

I took a year out of college whereby i only had energy to sit up for 3 hrs a day. I remember chewing meat was even tiring. I was 6ft 3in and a fit 15 stone. I lost 4 stone. All sorts of anti depressant combinations were tried until i hit on the right one. It took me a few years to recover. When i was really ill i never felt like i wouldn't pull through. I had a strong faith and it helped. I fell ill in March and Stephen's night was my first night out in the local pub. The glass of orange 7up was shaking in my hand and one look at my face and you could see i was struggling. But bit by bit i improved. Got my exams, work, returned to sport. I've had episodes every 4 or 5 years since, never as bad. I wouldn't be able to exercise when ill. Just physically couldn't do it. But TG i've always remained positive and i'm lucky in that i never had suicidal thoughts.

But these things put sport in perspective!! You just go into survival mode.

Laois76 (Laois) - 30/09/2017 20:42:36    2052006

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I became ill around my 20th birthday. I was playing on 7 different teams, studying fairly hard, farming at weekends. I totally burned myself out. I went from a fit young man to someone who shook all over going to the local shop.

I took a year out of college whereby i only had energy to sit up for 3 hrs a day. I remember chewing meat was even tiring. I was 6ft 3in and a fit 15 stone. I lost 4 stone. All sorts of anti depressant combinations were tried until i hit on the right one. It took me a few years to recover. When i was really ill i never felt like i wouldn't pull through. I had a strong faith and it helped. I fell ill in March and Stephen's night was my first night out in the local pub. The glass of orange 7up was shaking in my hand and one look at my face and you could see i was struggling. But bit by bit i improved. Got my exams, work, returned to sport. I've had episodes every 4 or 5 years since, never as bad. I wouldn't be able to exercise when ill. Just physically couldn't do it. But TG i've always remained positive and i'm lucky in that i never had suicidal thoughts.

But these things put sport in perspective!! You just go into survival mode.

Laois76 (Laois) - 30/09/2017 20:42:55    2052008

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Replying To ormondbannerman:  "Are tablets the answer to this lads? all I have read on it are first thing is exercise diet and proper sleep, I haven't big faith in doctors, they are ok in my opinion for something obvious,
I battle away myself but it's not easy alot of the time.
Tirchonaill1 (Donegal) - Posts:180 - 30/09/2017 14:01:42
You are correct in that exercise, diet and proper sleep all play a big role but quite often medication is needed as lifestyle changes like above are simply not enough. Battling away yourself is great but you must work/talk with others BE that family, your friends as well as your GP and other medical professionals.

I'm not a doctor, tablet one a day works for me, my issues were there in my 20s when I was very very fit and looked after myself.
Damothedub (Dublin) - Posts:4582 - 30/09/2017 15:21:21
All too often it is people that young as they "appear" to have "everything" but inner turmoil can be too much for all too many people. Like for me my social anxiety can be very bad at times and it makes me do things in a very certain manner that can be very bad for me at times....
Like it drives me nuts that you put space between the last letter of a word and the full stop or comma that follows a word and i will correct it each time i quote one of your posts"
Do you suffer from OCD type symptoms then Ormond? I always think of Howard Hughes when i hear of people who have the condition. The Aviator is a great film with Di Caprio playing Hughes. A Beautiful Mind about the Maths Professor John Nash staring Russell Crowe is good too. Mathematical calculations were part of his OCD.

Laois76 (Laois) - 30/09/2017 20:53:46    2052012

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