Mental health: Rare honesty

Criticism of the Government for failing to grasp the severity of the nation’s mental health crisis could hardly be more damning. Coming as it does from the Cloyne and former Cork hurler and mental health campaigner Conor Cusack, it could hardly be better informed.

People who read his book on this harrowing topic last year were deeply moved by his account of battles with depression.

The brother of former Cork goalkeeper Donal Óg Cusack, Conor has since spoken about his own sexuality and admits that he finds men sexually attractive. Following the tragic death by suicide of former Fine Gael Minister Shane McEntee and that of Galway hurler Niall Donohue, he believes the country is now at a “threshold” regarding mental health. His openness is to be applauded and underlines the need for greater financial commitment by Government to mental health issues which have led to a wave of suicides in Ireland, notably among young men. Such honesty is rare indeed in the realm of Irish sport and it bodes well that so prominent a member of the GAA has spoken out so feely.

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