Ray D’arcy: Irelands Depression Epidemic

Don’t miss “Ray D’arcy: Ireland’s Depression Epidemic”  which started on TV3, Tuesday, June 12th at 22.00. This is the first of a 3 part* documentary presented by Ireland’s most-listened-to DJ. Ireland’s Depression Epidemic explores the human experience behind the worrying statistics surrounding suicide and depression in Ireland. For more details view this article in  The Irish Sun

*the producers have updated Aware to say that only 2 episodes of this documentary can be broacast at this time.

     Play Button   

  Play Back Here: Episode 1


If you are interested in finding out about other people’s experience of coping with depression listen back to Linda, Ronan and Jeanne who spoke candidly about their own depression at last month’s Aware lecture. The monthly lecture series is a free event and popular with our supporters. 

Donate online here if you would like to support our vital services for people affected  by depression. These services include our network of support groups, both nationwide and online, our loCall helpline (1890 303 302), and our email support service.


3 Responses to “Ray D’arcy: Irelands Depression Epidemic”

  1. ClareW

    Thanks for your comment Lucy. You are right that employment issues can be a concern for some people with experience of depression. We understand next week’s programme features two young people, but again there is no major focus on the financial/employment aspect. We appreciate this can be an area of concern and would like to remind visitors that the Employment Equality Acts 1998-2011 are in place in order to protect against discrimination on the grounds of disability (which incorporates mental health difficulties), and if a person feels that they have been discriminated against there are channels there to appeal this. And while it might seem that a lot of employers don’t have the most positive attitude to mental health issues, there are people who have had very positive experiences in the workplace, so hopefully programmes like this will help to move attitudes of all, including employers, to a better place (see http://www.equalitytribunal.ie; http://www.equalityauthority.ie for more).


  2. Lucy

    It did not highlight how people with depression in their 20’s or 30’s deal with trying to get employment after the fact. As someone with depression from my early teens to my present (mid 30’s) there are long gaps in my c.v that are very hard to cover up and I have to lie about in interviews. It did not say how the people who spoke financially supported themselves.Nobody in their early 20’s spoke because if they had their job would be at risk. No matter how a company likes to present itself as fair and equal to all even those with disabilities, when it comes to a mental illness such as depression they see you as a liability and a flake. unemployment is leading more people in this country to depression but depression can also lead to unemployment. I would like to know how many working people with a depressive illness have employers that know or would feel comfortable telling them?


Leave a Reply

  • (will not be published)