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Flying South: Setting the stage for open expressions on mental health All Posts

BILLED as Dublin’s first regular open mic night on the theme of mental health, Flying South is set up as a welcoming community for exploring ideas and personal experiences through all forms of self-expression – poetry, comedy, music, story-telling and more. Held the last Friday of each month, the next show is this Friday, August 28 at Jaja Studios, Stoneybatter. Organiser poet Kate Quigley says:...

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“Depression is the great deceiver…” All Posts / Blog

<strong>PADDY HANNA, the Grand Pocket Orchestra man turned solo artist, has put out an affecting video for Camaraderie, the plaintive B-side to recent single Austria.</strong> The film, directed by Luke Byrne, depicts a man isolated by depression and recalls the singer’s own experience of being holed up in his Howth home last summer feeling at odds with the outside world. <iframe src=”” width=”560″ height=”315″ frameborder=”0″></iframe>...

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‘Do It Every Day’ – How to Finish a Creative Project in the Midst of Depression All Posts / Blog

DJ, writer and composer GAVIN PAISLEY describes his struggles to finish a creative project in the midst of depression and what worked to get him through it. “I wrote a piece of music that took two years to finish and during it I suffered a number of depressive episodes. It’s at the bottom of the article as well as the back story and other stuff,...

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National Eating Disorders Awareness Week underway All Posts / Blog

By Fiona Smith THIS week is Eating Disorders Awareness Week (Feb 23-March 1) and there are events happening across the country from large-scale awareness raising at the DCU Fashion Show in the Helix Theatre to small info stands and public talks at college campuses and hospitals.

A Bipolar Odyssey (a guest post) All Posts / Blog

OFTEN, we are asked by media organisations if we have noticed a shift in attitudes to the stigma around mental health matters since First Fortnight began in 2009. Our answer would be that, while a lot of good work has been done, the stigma around talking about mental health matters still exists. Below is a blog from a First Fortnight supporter who has asked to...

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