Tipperary rugby hero to talk about depression - and how to overcome it

Former Ireland and Munster rugby player Alan Quinlan will be at the Clonmel Park Conference, Leisure & Spa Hotel on Thursday, November 24 to promote positive mental health by discussing the role that mind management can have in enhancing performance and managing mental health. Alan will talk about how he has overcome many challenges, both physical and mental, playing sport at the highest level and discuss the techniques he uses to maintain a positive outlook.

Former Ireland and Munster rugby player Alan Quinlan will be at the Clonmel Park Conference, Leisure & Spa Hotel on Thursday, November 24 to promote positive mental health by discussing the role that mind management can have in enhancing performance and managing mental health. Alan will talk about how he has overcome many challenges, both physical and mental, playing sport at the highest level and discuss the techniques he uses to maintain a positive outlook.

With an estimated 400,000 people in Ireland experiencing depression at any one time, the Lean on Me campaign, supported by Lundbeck Ireland and Aware, was developed to encourage better understanding of the condition, encourage friends and family to provide support to those affected, and encourage them to seek treatment if necessary. The Lean on Me- To Win roadshow, will promote positive mental health and introduce techniques to help people get the best out of themselves day-to-day.

Alan will be joined in Clonmel by Caroline Currid, a performance coach and sports psychologist who has worked with Ireland and Munster rugby star Paul O’Connell and the All-Ireland winning Tipperary hurling and Dublin football teams. She will discuss some practical tools and techniques for managing a healthy mind, many of which are regularly used by professional sports people on and off the pitch.

Speaking ahead of the event, Caroline said - “Often, we concentrate too much on negative things which are out of our control and which can sometimes have a detrimental effect on our daily lives. High level sports people, amateur and professional, have to deal with their negative thoughts throughout their careers and are encouraged to learn how to manage them in order to maximise their performances.

“There are simple techniques that sports stars use which can be adopted by men and women of all ages to help them manage their thoughts and maintain a healthy, positive mind. Alan Quinlan might look big and tough, but he has to work just as hard as everyone else to maintain a positive outlook.”

A healthcare professional and volunteer from depression support charity Aware will also be on hand at the event on to outline the common symptoms of depression and highlight local services that are available to those affected.

As well as Clonmel, the Lean on Me- To Win roadshow will visit venues in Wexford and Dublin where former Dublin football captain Paul Griffin will speak about the role positive thinking played as he suffered set backs in his playing career with serious injuries over the past two years.

Speaking about the events Eithne Boyan, Managing Director, Lundbeck Ireland, said - “We are delighted to continue to support the Lean on Me campaign and introduce this new element of mind management techniques. People with depression and other mental health conditions can only hope to improve if they take part in their own recovery and these techniques can be part of the process.”

The events are free of charge but pre-registration is required. Log on to www.leanonme.net for more information.