Comedian Al Porter revealed his need for anti-depressants on an RTÉ talk show last night.
Appearing on Cutting Edge presented by Brendan O’Connor, the young comic told his follow guests that he was hesitant about telling them something, before opening up about his need for medication in dealing with depression.
Porter spoke about the stigma that accompanies mental health in Ireland and how, even as an incredibly confident performer, he felt the need to ask friends to collect his prescription from the pharmacy.
Watch Porter speak about his situation in the clip below.
— Cutting Edge (@CuttingEdgeRTE) November 16, 2016
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The public praised Porter for making his courageous reveal.
#CuttingEdge – Al Porter take a bow your honesty is admirable????????Its Ok not to feel Ok And absolutely Ok to ask for help
— Anne McGowan (@AnneMcGowan12) November 16, 2016
Think Al Porter has helped a lot of people on #CuttingEdge tonight. Took great courage.
— Lucy Keaveney (@Luighseach) November 16, 2016
— Paul Kirwan (@pdkirwan) November 16, 2016
Well done to Al Porter for his powerful insight into depression #CuttingEdge
— Ruth Healy Lucey (@ruthlovesfood) November 16, 2016
Well done Al Porter, bravery and strength that will definitely resonate with so so many. #cuttingedge
— Leanne Barrett Walsh (@LeanneBarrett1) November 16, 2016