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Catch the Tiger: Dublin Fringefest 2015 Picks All Posts / Blog

The Dublin Tiger Fringefest is under way this fortnight with a packed programme of provocative performances, pushing at the boundaries of what art can do to explore the human condition. Fiona Smith has sifted through the programme to select her highlights of this year’s line-up, with some chosen for their fascinating subject matter dealing with mental health issues, some for their vibrant, uplifting qualities –...

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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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Owen Harris on ‘Deep’, the Virtual Reality game that relieves anxiety Blog / Podcast

GAME Designer Owen Harris’ latest project is a meditative and psychoactive virtual reality game called DEEP that is controlled by breathing. Players don the Oculus Rift and the custom DEEP controller to explore a beautiful and mysterious undersea world. Some users have found the games relaxing embrace, which teaches you yogic breathing techniques, to relieve stress, anxiety and mild depression. Steve Cummins caught up with...

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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=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/DNQMMCIwXhU” 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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