Video: Al Porter speaks powerfully about taking anti-depressants
Comedian Al Porter has spoken powerfully tonight about how he takes anti-depressants and the stigma he feels is attached to it.
The Dublin funnyman was on Brendan O'Connor's Cutting Edge show on RTE 1 tonight when he revealed something to the nation that he admitted he had only told his mother 'a few hours before'.
Porter reveals that he went to a doctor in Carlow so that no-one in Dublin would know and he even had others pick up his prescription because of the stigma he feels is attached to anti-depressants, which he says he needs to keep him 'balanced'.
The message is all the more powerful because, as Porter mentions, if he, who is very open about a lot of aspects of his life, felt this way, how must more reticent people feel about taking anti-depressants.
Here's hoping it sparks a more open discussion about depression and how it is treated in Ireland.
Looking at Twitter, there is a flood of support for the Dubliner.
#CuttingEdge - Al Porter take a bow your honesty is admirable👏👏Its Ok not to feel Ok And absolutely Ok to ask for help— Anne McGowan (@AnneMcGowan12) November 16, 2016
Think Al Porter has helped a lot of people on #CuttingEdge tonight. Took great courage.— Lucy Keaveney (@Luighseach) November 16, 2016
Well done to Al Porter for sharing about anti-depressants. Should help many suffering in silence. #CuttingEdge— Aidan Reilly (@ajpreilly) November 16, 2016
Fair play Al, you are a national treasure.