There was a big reaction to the Young and Troubled documentary on RTÉ last night 2 years ago

There was a big reaction to the Young and Troubled documentary on RTÉ last night

It made for an often tough but very important watch.

All of this week, RTÉ have been shining a light on the issue of mental health in Ireland, particularly amongst young people in this country.

The issue has been highlighted in a number of ways by the state broadcaster in recent days, from a 60-foot artwork by renowned artist Joe Caslin spanning three storeys of the RTÉ building in Montrose (see above) to a specially curated 2fm Spotify playlist and a GAA panel discussion on mental health and wellbeing hosted by Evanne Ní Chuilinn.

The series culminated on Thursday night with the documentary, Young and Troubled, which sought to highlight the reality of mental health issues among Ireland's young population and the crises in the country’s mental health services.

Amongst those to feature in the programme were Fiona and Tim Tuomey, who believe that the system in Ireland failed their daughter Millie, who died by suicide at the age of 11.

The documentary looked at the services provided by Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and the long waits endured by parents wishing to avail of their services and featured contributions from young people enduring troubles with their own mental health.

A hugely important watch, it made a significant impression on viewers tuning in on Thursday night.

You can catch up on The Big Picture – Young and Troubled on the RTÉ Player here.

Main image via YouTube/RTÉ