Last night ‘The Voice of Ireland’ presenter Eoghan McDermott made a startling confession about his past.
McDermott, an ambassador for the Darkness Into Light event in aid of Pieta House, admitted to self-harming himself in the past after the end of a long term relationship.
McDermott bravely went on into detail how the break-up affected his mental state and lead to him hiding his self-harming from family and friends.
“I think when you’re at a stage where you feel like getting something sharp and raking it over your skin is a logical, reasonable option then you need to talk to someone.
“I thought it was normal and I was just in a bad place. It never occured to me at the time that I needed professional help," said Eoghan.
1/2 So. I recently launched an event for @PietaHouse - who work on suicide & self-harm prevention. I've made a video about my own self-harm— Eoghan McDermott (@eoghanmcdermo) March 20, 2014
experience, which I've never spoken about. Hopefully it will help some people & inform others. Feel free to share. https://t.co/xrWVFt5PWh— Eoghan McDermott (@eoghanmcdermo) March 20, 2014
He also made a special plea to men to talk about their problems and put their ego aside to seek the help they need.
Eoghan, who now lives in London, fronts ‘The Voice of Ireland’ alongside Kathryn Thomas on Sunday nights on RTÉ One.
He is hoping people will sign up the Darkness Into Light 5km run/walk which takes place in Dublin on Saturday May 10 at 4.15am.
There will also be similar events in London and Sydney for the first time and Eoghan will be joined by fellow RTÉ presenter Sinead Kennedy as an ambassador.
McDermott says it all at the end of his video: “It’s always better to talk than not.”
You can find opening times for all Pieta House’s centres and their locations here.