Liz Yeates: ‘I had spent the week preparing myself for the fact that I might have cancer, but when I heard the word mastectomy I completely fell apart.’  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Instead of burning your bra, the Marie Keating Foundation is calling on the women of Ireland to donate their unwanted bras to help raise money for bre(...)

Former postman  David Love Cameron who now grows vegetables for Michelin-starred restaurants. Photograph: Paul Wilkinson

Antrim postman David Love Cameron had been green fingered for as long as he could remember, and set up his own modest gardening business in 2011. Litt(...)

The sooner a problem is treated, the better the results, and further irreversible lung damage can be averted. Photograph: Thinkstock

In 2012, more than 5,500 people died from lung disease in Ireland. It is estimated that this is the cause of one in five deaths across the country, gi(...)

Giving up: It has been proven that people vote with their pockets and, if the price becomes  prohibitive, it will act as a major deterrent. Photograph: Thinkstock

Every week in Ireland, more than 100 people die from smoking-related diseases. This figure is so high because 20 per cent of the adult population i(...)

Eoin and Gillian Casey with their sons, Eóghan and Emmet. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

When Eoin and Gillian Casey welcomed their first son, Eóghan, into the world, they were shocked to discover he had Down syndrome. “We were not aware t(...)

Stephen Kelly: “I would say my mental health is really positive and I have no problems telling anyone what I have been through as there is so much stigma involved.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Less than two years ago, Stephen Kelly was in the depths of despair and tried to take his own life on two occasions. He felt worthless and could see n(...)

Joan Freeman of Pieta House. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Last month, the world was rocked by the death by suicide of Hollywood legend Robin Williams. Tomorrow is World Suicide Prevention Day and his passi(...)

Anne Geary, in Tramore, Co Waterford, with Ivy her dog. Photograph:  Patrick Browne

I work as a school secretary and was feeling under the weather for a while with low energy and poor concentration. I also noticed a pimple-sized lu(...)

Gerry Quinlan: recovering mentally from illnesses “is actually the hardest part of it all”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Gerry Quinlan has always been fairly fit and during his 52 years has completed 10 marathons. But two years ago the Dubliner, who is married to Loui(...)

Colour Dash: Last year 2,000 people took part in the 5km dash, raising €100,000 for the Irish Cancer Society.

Darren McMahon is 26 years old and will be competing in the Colour Dash 5km run in aid of the Irish Cancer Society this weekend. While this doesn’t se(...)