‘Depression has been around longer than Western society, but it says something about the UK and Ireland that we have almost no vocabulary for describing how we feel beyond the terms we learned in childhood.’
Author Tara West realised that while other cultures have developed words like Weltschmerz, saudade and mono no aware, we have no language to address the subtleties of feeling we experience as adolescents and adults, which puts us at a disadvantage. She proposes we repurpose language from other cultures, or in fact, invent entirely new terms to help us talk about how we feel. And that’s where ‘kokoro no kaze’ comes in…
Tara, an accomplished author, published her memoir about depression and recovery, Happy Dark, in 2016. Tara also runs memoir-writing workshops, and is passionate about helping others tell their story.
Alison Canavan, one of Ireland’s most successful international models for nearly two decades, discusses how reconnecting with yourself can positively impact your mental health and wellbeing.
Breifne tells the extraordinary and inspirational story of how one man stepped back from the brink of suicide, redesigned his life and won the World Cycle Race.
Olympic Silver Medallist Kenneth Egan struggled with alcohol addiction for many years whilst competing but ultimately came to an end when he faced his demons head on two years after his return from the games.