Media, Anxiety

29 April, 2019

Talking to someone with depression

Just as people experience depression in many different ways, there are many different forms of ‘conversation’ we can have to support someone going through it.

Speaking on RTÉ, Professor Jim Lucey explored helpful, meaningful ways of communicating with someone experiencing depression.

Depression is the biggest unmet health need of our time; globally, more than 300 million people experience depression. It is the largest cause of disability in our society, affecting one fifth of the population at some stage.

In reality, at least one member of every family in Ireland will experience this problem. Given the scale of the issue, it is worth considering why we struggle so much to talk to each other about it.

Professor Lucey joined Miriam O'Callaghan on Today with Sean O'Rourke to discuss the different forms of conversation we can have with someone in distress. You can listen back to the interview further down this page: if you would like to discuss any aspect of this interview, our Support and Information Line is available on 01 249 3333.

You can also read more about "listening-talk" from Professor Lucey here.

Tags:   depression   Today with Sean O'Rourke  

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Prof Jim Lucey

Prof. Jim Lucey was Medical Director of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, Dublin, from 2008 to 2019. He is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin. He has been working for more than 30 years with patients suffering from mental health problems. In addition to medical management, he maintains his clinical practice at St Patrick`s, where he specialises in the assessment, diagnosis and management of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other anxiety disorders. He gives public lectures and is a regular broadcaster on mental health matters on RTÉ radio, featuring on ‘Today with Sean O’Rourke’.