Limerick artist’s mental health message as we enter new year

Limerick artist’s mental health message as we enter new year

Blindboy Boatclub: "Being around family at Christmas can be weird for your mental health"

WHILE the Christmas and New Year period is one of joy for many across the world, people are reminded that the festive season can be a particularly challenging time for those suffering with mental health issues.

And on Christmas Eve, Limerick artist and social commentator Blindboy Boatclub, of the comedy-rap duo The Rubberbandits, took to social media to speak about the hardship that some people may face at home during the holidays.

Commenting on Twitter, the artist said: “Being around family at Christmas can be weird for your mental health. If you’ve worked hard to become the person that you are, be aware that you can easily fall back into patterns of negative behaviour that are rooted in childhood when back in your old family dynamic.”

Receiving more than 4,000 “likes” and close to 600 retweets, there was widespread positive reaction to the tweet. However, one person said the tweet would be “enough to send the mentally fragile into crisis”, with which the artist disagreed.

“I’ve made around 15 hours of podcasts this year, dedicated to building our mental resilience. The tweet you’re responding to asks us to be aware of negative emotions, so that we can stop them in their tracks,” he replied.

If you have been affected by this story, contact any of the following organisations: Aware (1800 80 48 48), The Samaritans (116 123) or Pieta House (1800 247 247).

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