John Murray returns to RTÉ
Presenter John Murray returned to the airwaves today, after six months away dealing with depression.
“Depression took a fancy to me and decided to take up residence for a few months, and boy did it make its presence felt,” he said.
Although he’s now able to describe it with a little humour, his experience was a struggle. Mornings were especially tough, when “the day ahead became something to endure rather than enjoy”.
Don’t beat yourself up
He didn’t specifically offer advice, as this was what happened to him, and other people might have different experiences. But he did say that if you’re experiencing depression or anxiety, you shouldn’t be too hard on yourself.
Reach out and talk
“You haven’t failed a life test. Share your thoughts and feelings with others,” was his advice, “don’t suffer in silence”.
Support your mate
John thanked listeners, his wife, family and friends for their support and love. Their concern made things a little easier for him.
If you think someone’s experiencing depression, don’t be afraid to offer help. Even if they don’t respond straight away, they’ll probably appreciate that you’re thinking of them, “I know I did” John said.