Sound of the Nation



The Big Picture: Youth Mental Health

This week, RTÉ is running a special week of programming –  The Big Picture – Youth Mental Health, which aims to shine a light on one of the most important issues in the country.

Programmes across TV and Radio will report on some of the key issues effecting youth mental health. RTE News will have dedicated digital stories on the subject online and on social media accounts while RTÉ Sport’s will host a special GAA panel discussion on the topic.

Here on 2FM, we will be speaking to guests on a range of related issues on our daily programmes. Tracy Clifford finds out what ingredients go into making a hit to cheer you up and throughout the week we’ll create a playlist of pick-me-up tunes with tracks nominated by 2fm presenters and listeners.

And here it is! Tracy’s “Feel Good Tunes” Playlist!

On Monday Joanne McNally joined Nicky & Jenny to recount her problems with Anorexia and Bulimia when she was in her twenties.  She told of how it took her friends and family to make her realise how serious her condition had become at which point she admitted herself to full time treatment.

Although she has now fully recovered, Joanne concluded that she will always live with an eating disorder but has learned strategies and techniques to ‘turn it off.

This week also sees the launch of a new service on called Mind Yourself providing listeners with details of the organisations available to help them.

For a list of all helplines please click HERE

Last night, RTÉ One  broadcast The Big Picture – Young and Troubled, a one hour documentary which highlights the reality of mental health issues among Ireland’s young people. This was followed by a live studio discussion presented by Keelin Shanley and our very own Eoghan McDermott.

You can watch the doc & discussion below:

Take a closer look at the mural on the grounds of RTÉ by street artist and teacher Joe Caslin for The Big Picture: Youth Mental Health: HERE