New al­bum will tackle men­tal health stigma

The Argus - - NEWS -

A lo­cal man is fun­nelling his ex­pe­ri­ences with de­pres­sion into his artis­tic en­deav­ours, us­ing mu­sic to help him ex­press the pain her en­dured.

Stephen Fa­hey from Ardee in County Louth suf­fered with de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety for more than two years.

Stephen was in some very dark places dur­ing this time and at one point that there was no es­cape from his de­pres­sion.

How­ever, af­ter fi­nally seek­ing help and work­ing with a coun­sel­lor he re­cov­ered his old sense of self and de­cided he wanted to give some­thing back and help at­tack the stigma sur­round­ing men­tal health is­sues.

Per­form­ing un­der the name Steo Skitz, he de­cided that he would make a new al­bum and all the pro­ceeds would go to help­ing lo­cal peo­ple get ac­cess to men­tal health coun­selling. Ex­plain­ing his mo­ti­va­tion for record­ing the al­bum, he said: ‘I think there’s a lot of peo­ple in the Louth area strug­gling with men­tal health is­sues and they may not re­alise how ben­e­fi­cial coun­selling could be for them, so all money raised will given to a lo­cal coun­sel­lor/psy­chol­o­gist and then the peo­ple of Louth who may need help can get a free ses­sion with a coun­sel­lor who can help sort the prob­lems that the may have.’Steo re­leased video from his al­bum last week en­ti­tled ‘Read Be­tween The Lines Part 2’ on YouTube and has al­ready gath­ered 17000 views.

He was helped by his man­ager and di­rec­tor Gary Coleman on mak­ing this video.

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