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Talk About Mental Illness More: John Kirwan

Former All Black Sir John Kirwan believes people living with mental illness need to share what they are going through with their families. He stressed this message during the mental
06 Sep 2015 09:44
Talk About Mental Illness More: John Kirwan
Pacific Destinations staff Salome Lewa, Lady Fiorella Kirwan, Sir John Kirwan and Robert Delai at the Nadi International Airport yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Former All Black Sir John Kirwan believes people living with mental illness need to share what they are going through with their families.

He stressed this message during the mental health talanoa session organised by the Mental Health Alliance and the Women of the West Business Networking (WOW) at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi yesterday.

“You can hide it, and sit next to someone for ten years not knowing that they have mental illness,” he said.

“If we accept it and learn more about it, we can change it.”

Various people attending the talanoa session each spoke of their experiences and commended Sir John for his encouragement. He said it was important for mental illness survivors to encourage other people living with it to reach out in order to avoid suicide cases.

“If you go out and accept mental illness then you’re going to five times more people,” he said.

“Sometimes we don’t understand what people go through but if we help, then that saves a life.”

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