Dr Harry Barry's 'Flagging Depression' Launch

Last night, Thursday 19 April, saw the Dublin launch of Dr Harry Barry's Flagging Depression in the Davenport Hotel, Merrion Street Lower.

Dr Harry Barry & Paul Kelly, Console
Flagging Depression is Dr Barry's fourth book in the 'Flagging' series and was launched by Paul Kelly of Console, the suicide bereavement society. Declaring Dr Barry's 'passion and dedication to be utterly inspirational', Paul spoke of his admiration for Harry and his tireless work in removing the stigma surrounding depression. With Dr Barry's passion for life and living as a driving force behind his determinism, Paul spoke wonderfully of  Flagging Depression and Dr Barry as he reaches 'out to those who experience depression' hopefully making 'their journey easier and their path a little more comforting'.

Louth TD and Minister of State for the New Era Project Fergus O'Dowd joined in the praise for Dr Barry: "Our town of Drogheda is fortunate enough to lie of the beautiful River Boyne. Yet over the years, the river has proved to be a focal point for tragedies in the area of mental health. And it is from those tragedies that Harry...recognised the need for open debate and a fuller understanding of depression and the paths it can take. Harry's books serve as a very simple, practical guide for the person in trouble and their families at a time when all concerned are looking for answers. I have met many people over the years who have had their lives improved - from sometimes desperate situations - by both Harry, and his books, On behalf of the people of Drogheda, and Co Louth, I would like to sincerely thank Harry for caring, and wish him well in his latest endeavour."

Kathleen Lynch, Minister for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People, acknowledged Harry's 'excellent work, locally and nationally in the area of mental health [his] commitment and expertise in this area is well recognised and much appreciated.'

'Living with depression can be a lonely and distressing experience. Author Dr Harry Barry and friends at the launch of Flagging Depression (Liberties Press) present a united front which says "we are here to empathise, support and assist you in your journey and to be a beacon of hope to light up your darkness".'

Carol Hunt, Sunday Independent & Dr Harry Barry
Dr Tony Bates, Headstrong & Dr Harry Barry

Seán O'Keeffe, Liberties Press, Tony Bates, Dr Harry Barry and Paul Kelly, Console