Health and fitness is my lifestyle

Having depression or any mental illness for that matter, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s always doom and gloom; life can be pretty good especially when you find a way to manage your "illness". I can honestly say I am finally coping and I’m doing well, it’s like a breath of fresh air.

Read More
Doug LeddinComment
Story From Steph

Steph contacted me last week, with her story and as you can see Steph has been through a lot. Steph had a concern and that is she is not the best at spelling nor punctuation. I explained that it is ok not to be the best at spelling or writing that I too suffer with dyslexia and that I wont be editing or spell checking anyone's story that this story has to be real it has to be how she wrote it so that someone else like Steph can relate. Thank you for sharing Steph! 

Read More
Doug Leddin 1 Comment
Anonymous

I hate the word mental health.Mainly because of the stigma associated to it. I think some people hear it and ultimately assume this means you are crazy. I have anxiety its not harmful to anyone else just me. It means I hold myself back, at its worst it means I struggle to go out with people, find it hard to leave the house and afraid to live my own life. I have seen alot of misrepresentation and encountered a lot of misunderstanding about what anxiety is and so this is my attempt to set the record straight for others.

Read More
Doug LeddinComment
Brendan Doyle

From an early age I knew that the regular life wasn’t for me, that I wanted to live life to the fullest and push my body and mind beyond any limits that I thought I had.

Training six days a week as a 100m sprinter, eating strict, sleeping well and not doing the regular things a lad my age would do, I was striving for excellence.....

Read More
Evie Alkin

Evie is a friend of mine who I have had the privilege to get to know over the last few years! 

Before I made my video talking about our story I never knew Evie felt so passionate about mental health. Here is a Q&A I did with her this week. Below is the open letter she sent to Leo Varadkar. 

Enjoy the article and thank you Evie for everything you have done for Mental Health to date and for the amazing work you will do in the future!  

Read More
GuidanceDoug Leddin
Jackie McKenna

At 21 I got Married and moved to a different town,  That's when my Mother started to drink,

I suppose we were all growing up , going out , having our own lives and she found herself lonely,

So she would have the occasional drink at home,

At weekends when everyone was out she would sit at home alone and have a few at the fire watching the tv.

Read More
Doug Leddin
Tom

Until recently, most of my family and friends were completely clueless to what I'm about to share with you. From speaking out and seeking help, my life has improved greatly & I hope I can encourage more to do the same by sharing with you all, my battle. 

Read More
Doug Leddin
Elaine Pages

I don’t really remember when I started suffering from depression but I do know I was still a child. The years I danced ballet though, where some of the best, even when I was struggling I believed the physical and emotional outlet that dancing offered me kept me sane. During high school though, I decided to quit ballet.

Read More
Doug Leddin
Aaron Lynch

But that's when I thought about it. I've absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain by seeking help, worst case scenario I'm back to square one and that decision is what has changed my life so much. My first step was telling my mum and a few very close friends. 

Read More
Doug Leddin
Nicole Devlin

The flashbacks, the nightmares are still raw, the palms of my hand still sweat, remembering that awful day of being told I was being admitted to a psychiatric hospital. And I had no choice in the matter. It was a Friday afternoon, in May 2004, I was 17, my life had been pretty turbulent before this, but the way it was going to go for the next ten years was unimaginable. I attempted a quite severe suicide attempt, overdosed on many tablets with no concept of what lay ahead.

Read More
Doug Leddin
Cara Gardner

In a recent shamanic healing I removed an attached spirit from a young womans energy field. This is common training for shamanic practitioners to detect, heal and remove spirits from people and places. From what I understood, this spirit had taken his own life recently and was unable to cross over due to the traumatic nature of his death. It is possible to offer healing and act as a bridge to help them go to the light...

Read More
Doug Leddin
Marie Duffy

About 18 months ago I got sick. Very sick. I ended up in hospital, and was to stay there for almost nine months. I was embarrassed and ashamed and felt that I couldn’t tell anyone where I was. I told some people I was on holidays, others that I was away for work. But the truth was that I was on a psychiatric ward fighting for my life. I say fighting because that’s what I felt I was doing.

Read More
Doug Leddin
Ralph Leigh

I suppose growing up I probably didn't have a normal life or maybe as normal as others, but hey who does. I came from a small family, my mother raised me and my older brother Jamie pretty well I think considering my Mum and Dad had separated in 1996, she pretty much devoted her entire life to me and my bigger brothers well being...

Read More
Doug Leddin
Anonymous

This amazing girl has asked to keep her story anonymous as she is on her journey to tell the world in her own time at her own pace and when she feels ready. For her to share this story with me and with us is an amazing step. 

Read More
Doug Leddin
Luke Clerkin

My name is Luke Clerkin, I’m a 24 year old singer songwriter and mental health activist from Tallaght in Dublin, and I’m going to share with you my mental health story. My story begins when I was a teenager growing up in Tallaght, I was never me when I was a teenager, I was a follower. I was bullied a lot as a teen and it affected my mental health quite badly but unfortunately unlike today, there weren’t awareness campaigns around then. 

Read More
Doug Leddin
A Fictional Story

A young woman is happily married and has just had her first child.

She had a list. A list of duties that she could read and follow and tick off as she completed them throughout the course of the day. A list that would provide she did not forget anything. A list to guide her in being a mother.

Read More
Doug Leddin