Irish Independent |

Organised by White Diamond Events, the ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing Summit’ will take place during mental health awareness week on October 14 in the Aviva Stadium.

Several of the speakers attended its launch at l’Ecrivain Restaurant in Dublin, owned by Derry and Sallyanne Clarke, who tragically lost their son Andrew to suicide.

Rugby pundit Brent Pope, who will speak at the summit, also opened up about his own struggles.

“For so long in my life I was ashamed that I had this dirty little secret, that I had mental health problems,” said Brent. “Behind closed doors I was a very nervous, anxious person. I was ashamed because I felt that I couldn’t put it right. At times I couldn’t handle the crippling fear that it had on me on all aspects of my life.”

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