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 Louise (...)

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(...)

Peadar O’Loughlin at work in the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, where he has a workshop. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Music is a powerful form of expression: whether playing or listening to it, the tone, volume, instrument and genre can have a profound effect on how w(...)

Paddy O’Mahony: “I wanted to give something back to the organ donors and their families.”

Paddy O’Mahony, who had worked as a fireman for almost 40 years, had ignored a persistent cough for ages when his wife, Pauline, insisted that he have(...)

Golfer Paul McGinley and his father, Michael, who had blocked arteries and underwent a quadruple heart bypass.

Men have been conditioned from a young age to hold their tears and “be a man” whenever they’re in pain or feel scared. So it’s hardly surprising when (...)

Teenager injecting with Epipen after an attack. Photograph: Getty Images

Twenty minutes after eating a meal during a family get-together in December, 14-year-old Emma Sloan was dead. Suffering from a severe peanut allergy, (...)

John Stratford and his mother, Margaret Stratford, who is his full-time carer.

Almost 190,000 Irish people care for loved ones in their homes. Whether it’s an elderly relative, a child with special needs or a young person (...)

Minister for Health, James Reilly 
with Prof
 Norman Delanty, director of the epilepsy unit, and epilepsy suffer
er, Hannah Alam (17) from Athy, Co
his morning
at Beaumo
nt Hospital
 where he officially opened a new state-of-the-ar Epilepsy monitoring unit. The new 4 bed unit is supported by over EUR700,000 capitalil investment in equipment from the HSE National Clinical Care Programme for Epilepsy...

Colin Keegan

Epileptic seizures can be a frightening experience both for the person affected and also for witnesses. As the patient momentarily loses contro(...)