New album will tackle mental health stigma
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.