Comedian Al Porter is winning lots of praise on social media following his brave appearance on Brendan O'Connor's Cutting Edge last night.
The Tallaght native spoke openly for the first time about his battle with depression and the stigma that surrounds antidepressants. Porter said he wasn't sure that he was going to talk about his own experience with depression until he arrived in the studio.
"I didn't even tell my Mam until two hours ago" he said.
He went on to describe the lengths he would go to in keeping his use of antidepressants from his family and the public.
"I've been hiding them in my house. I've had my friend go and pick them up because I don't want to go in with the prescription. I've had the prescription written to different names than my own."
Porter went on to admit that he never understood the stigma surrounding depression until he suffered it himself.
"I tell people anything about myself. Every detail like an open book, on stage, radio, newspapers....I couldn't just admit 'yeah, I need those. I need those pills. They're going to keep me balanced.'"
— Cutting Edge (@CuttingEdgeRTE) 16 November 2016
Porter has been winning praise on social media since for his bravery in opening up about his experiences.
— Dara Ó Briain (@daraobriain) 16 November 2016
— Niall Breslin (@nbrez) 16 November 2016
— Pieta House (@PietaHouse) 16 November 2016
— Seán Dunne (@SeanJDunne) 16 November 2016
#CuttingEdge - Al Porter take a bow your honesty is admirableðŸ'ÂÂÂ?ðŸ'ÂÂÂ?Its Ok not to feel Ok And absolutely Ok to ask for help
— Anne McGowan (@AnneMcGowan12) 16 November 2016
— Tony Sheridan (@tonyismyname) 16 November 2016
I want to applaud you @TheAlPorter, for your words on MH and anti-depressants. Your voice will help others, have no doubt. It helped me.
— Luke Benson (@Mr_LukeBenson) 17 November 2016