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Ray Darcy Wednesday 4 October 2017


RTÉ is launching a special initiative on Youth Mental Health across all its channels next week culminating next Thursday April 26th with an hour long TV documentary which will show the reality of mental health issues among Ireland's young population and the crises in our services.   

If you have a story about Youth Mental Health and you would like to share it with us here on RTÉ Radio 1 then we want to hear from you please get in touch with us, email to and a member of our team will be in touch.

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In September 2016, we dedicated a whole show to families who have been effected by suicide. Fran Dempsey wanted to be there on the day to share the story of his son Ryan, who sadly passed away on 31st October 2014.  Fran came into studio in October 2016  to chat to Ray about his lovely son Ryan 

Fran criticized the mental health system after his young son took his own life in the hospital after four previous attempts. Fran said the health system "let him down". Fran is still campaigning for a better mental health system. If you need to talk to someone the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 24 hours a day. Click here to listen back

Mental Health Special 

In September 2016, The Ray D'arcy show dedicated a whole programme to mental health.

Ray spoke to Caitriona about her teenage son Fergus, who became increasingly withdrawn before hosting a party the weekend he took his life.

Ray also spoke to Linda about her teenage son Darragh, who on the other hand, gave no indication of suicidal intentions, telling his mother he would be back in a couple of minutes when he left her for the last time.

Ray was also joined by Julie who remembers her nephew Leon, whose mental illness overwhelmed him so much that he took his own life while waiting for a doctor to see him on a weekend night at St James’s Hospital.

The programme focused on the systemic deficiencies that meant catastrophic mental health issues were not attended to in a timely or suitable manner. Click here to listen back

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On today's show, what made you realize you are an adult, from footballer to psychotherapist Richie Sadlier and Hall & Oates John Oates

From Footballer to Psychotherapist Richie Sadlier

From Footballer to Psychotherapist Richie Sadlier

You’ll know former footballer Richie Sadlier from his TV punditry but you what you might not know is that after struggling for years with his own mental health he trained to be psychotherapist. He now works with young people on the importance of being able to talk openly about their feelings in a positive way. Richie is in studio with me now. 

****If you have been affected by this interview and the topic we’ve been talking about you can contact the Samaritans on 116 123 or Pieta House on 1800247247**** 

One Half of Hall & Oates, John Oates

One Half of Hall & Oates, John Oates

They made their name with songs like Rich Girl, Maneater, She’s Gone, Out of Touch. Darryl Hall and John Oates, or Hall and Oates!! 

They’ve had more number one hits than any duo in musical history. They sold over 80 million records and they’re coming to Dublin! They’ll be in the 3Arena on Sunday 29th October as part of BluesFest 2017.

This afternoon I’m joined by one half of the iconic rock and soul band. John Oates chats to Ray this afternoon 

Music Played on the Show

You Make My Dreams

You Make My Dreams

Hall And Oates




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