Insight Matters


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Dil and Anne Marie are the Co-Founders of Insight Matters and with a team of 55 therapists they support the mental health of over 400 clients per week through their two city centre practices in Dublin. The support services are affordable, inclusive and accessible. Since its inception, it has been Dil's and Anne Marie's vision to make Insight Matters a national service.

Dil and Anne Marie have been through their own mental health journey and grappled with depression, anxiety, eating distress, sexual abuse, sexual identity, homophobia and discrimination. Coincidentally in 2006, before they met, they both reached out for help, Anne Marie became an in-patient in a psychiatric hospital and Dil started attending counselling in a centre for sexual abuse survivors. Both Dil and Anne Marie discovered their passion for mental health and 4 years later they met at a mental health retreat. Since then they have become passionate mental health advocates and they hope to raise awareness, break down stigma and inspire change in self and soceity.

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#9 | Dublin Pride 2019

On today’s podcast we are
Pride 2019
and we’ll be joined by special guests, not to
mention we’ve even got a fabulous live audience to say… HAPPY PRIDE!

Every year globally the
wonderful LGBTQI+ community comes together to celebrate Pride in a
burst of rainbow flags, doc martins, glitter and yes feather boas!

Joining us first is Clodagh Leonard, Chairperson of Dublin Pride and an enthusiastic human rights
activist. We are also thrilled to be also joined by Grand Marshall of Dublin
Pride 2019,
Will St Ledger! Will is a Dublin based
artist/activist – now known as an ARTIVIST – famous for his iconic and thought-provoking street art.

In this part of the
episode, Dil, Anne Marie, Clodagh and Will discuss Will’s first Pride in London
and how Dublin Pride has evolved over the years. They discuss the theme for
this year’s Pride: Rainbow Revolution, and the history that inspired it, as
well the effort to make Pride as accessible as possible for everyone. They also
discuss what can still be improved about Pride and about the work that
ACT UP does to help bring an end to the HIV crisis. We also hear Clodagh and
Will’s coming out stories!

For the next section of
the episode, we are joined by
Noah Halpin, who founded and runs This Is Me: a grassroots campaign for improved healthcare for transgender and
non-binary people in Ireland. We are also joined by Insight Matters very own psychotherapist
and counsellor,
Jim Hutton who has been working
with the Trans community for many years.

In this second part, Dil,
Anne Marie, Noah and Jim discuss Noah’s experience with trans help in Ireland –
how he was on the waiting list for HRT for 2 years, and how his referral letter
for this was lost three times – which led to him creating This Is Me. They
discuss the amazing work This Is Me has done, including protests and direct
action, and how this led them to meeting with Simon Harris. They also discuss
the barriers faced by trans people to get the help they need, problems with
therapy for trans people, the value and benefit of group therapy, and the most
important things a therapist needs to provide for a trans person:
understanding, self-education and language.

For the final part of the
episode, we are joined by
Grace McManus who is a newly elected
Sinn Fein local counsellor in Bray. A proud gay woman, she helped establish
Bray Refugee Solidarity. And we are also joined by
Paula Fagan, CEO of LGBT Ireland – who has been working on LGBT rights for many

In this final part, Dil,
Anne Marie, Grace and Paula discuss what got Grace into politics and her
experience with it so far, the legislative changes that still need to happen
for the LGBTQI+ community, the current progress that is being made toward these
changes, and where should young activists focus on. They also discuss
homelessness in the LGBTQI+ community – often because young people are thrown
out of their homes after they come out to their parents. We also hear stories
from Paula, Dil and Anne Marie about their first Pride!

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