- 23 Oct 19
It's been just over a week since Hot Press, Lyons Tea and Pieta House played host to a unique event in Smock Alley Theatre to raise awareness of mental health issues in Ireland. On the night, we spoke to the performers and panellists about why they were taking part in this important campaign. Now, you can enjoy a fast-moving snapshot of the night's action...
On October 10, World Mental Health Day, Hot Press in partnership with Lyons Tea and Pieta House, mounted Now We're Talking – Live. For this 2019 edition, which was hugely over-subscribed, a packed house of over 220 people gathered, to hear a wide range of well known names open up about their experiences of dealing with mental health issues. They also talked about what it means to speak out about this in a world where mental health issues are still so stigmatised.
On this night, we had two unique panels. The first featured Pieta House CEO Elaine Austin, psychiatrist Colin O'Gara, actress Jordanne Jones, Today FM broadcaster Fergal D'Arcy, and Irish rugby international Hannah Tyrrell..
The second panel featured rapper/spoken word artist God Knows, All-Ireland-winning Tipperary hurler Niall O'Meara, Virgin Media presenter Elaine Crowley, and Pieta House's Leigh Kenny.
In addition to the panellists, the night was peppered by a series of superb performances from Saint Sister, Delorentos, Ham SandwicH, Stephen James Smith and Now We're Talking songwriting competition winner Emma Smith.
The night served as an important moment in broadening the necessary discussion about mental health.
We caught the action of the night on camera, and asked those who appeared to say a few words about what this night meant to them. Here's just a flavour of what they had to say below: