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Bressie - "There's real positive steps you can take. It's dealable with, and that's the reality"

Bressie has appeared on RTÉ One's The Saturday Night Show to help people experiencing mental health issues to "take that first step".

In a moving interview, the singer and producer was joined by Cavan GAA goalkeeper Alan O'Mara as they discussed their own mental health experiences and stressed to people that "it's ok not to feel ok".  

Bressie, who is one of the people behind the new Simple Things benefit album in aid of Cycle Against Suicide, said of Irish people's attitudes towards mental health: "We've come a long way, we really have.

"There is obviously still a huge thing in the country that we're trying to – with albums like this and the Cycle Against Suicide – make a point of."

He continued: "One thing we have to point out, both of us: neither of us are psychologists or psychiatrists. We're not here to give advice on what to do; we're here to help people to take that first step. That is very, very difficult, and me and Alan, we both spoke about it and agree that initial step took months of building up to. And that's the hardest part, because when you make that step there are so many avenues [that can help]."

"There's real positive steps you can take," Bressie concluded. "It's dealable with, and that's the reality."

Watch the interview at: www.rte.ie/player.

If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in the programme, please visit: Aertel Page 704 or www.rte.ie/aertel/desktopxhtml/704-1.html.

For more on the Simple Things album, visit: www.cycleagainstsuicide.com/simple-things.

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