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"I fight every day, I'm up every day and I'm working and I've never stopped working" - Mary McEvoy

"It's everybody's mission to make this world a kinder place. Like Gandhi said, be the change you want to see".

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"I fight every day, I'm up every day and I'm working and I've never stopped working" - Mary McEvoy

The wonderful Mary McEvoy, has shared her struggle with mental health issues.

Actress Mary McEvoy, has played many roles throughout her career, on stage and screen, but she acknowledges that one of her greatest battles has been away from the public eye.

Mary has been very open about her struggle with mental health and in particular, her experiences with depression and anxiety. 

Addressing a packed function room tonight at Leitrim's Health Is Wealth, she acknowledged she came "from a very critical home, I'm not blaming anyone that's just the way it was in those days. Everything was my fault. And I still haven't gotten over that," she said.

"No matter what I say to myself, I don't believe myself. If you're brought up thinking you're not that great then you don't believe yourself,"  she said, but despite this, she continues to fight, to move forward.

"I fight every day, I'm up every day and I'm working and I've never stopped working."

Asked what has worked to help her address her depression and anxiety, Mary says it is a number of things from exercise to talking to someone. She also says that medication has helped her.

"I'm not saying I pop a pill to feel better," she said, but she points out that medication has made a difference when needed.

30 years after her initial diagnosis, Mary says it is only now that she is beginning to understand herself and her mental health.

"Getting older is no fun for anyone. Getting older in our business is no fun at all. Your constantly have these challenges but you get over them. I feel that I'm beginning to get mindfulness, staying in the day, staying at the task at hand, not rushing ahead to what's going to happen next.... and also to be quite dogged about it, to get up and just put your feet on the ground....sometimes you can't, sometimes you're not able to, but when you can, you should," she said.

But most of all she stresses importance of being kind to ourselves.

"It's not easy to be kind to yourself... a lot of us speak to ourselves in our heads the way we'd never speak to another human being. You say awful things to yourself in your head," she said.

She also pointed out that people need to also think about they way they treat and talk about others. "It's everybody's mission to make this world a kinder place. Like Gandhi said, be the change you want to see," she said.