Niall ‘Bressie’ Breslin: Musician, Athlete, Mental Health Maverick

Niall Breslin, or ‘Bressie’ to many of us, is one of Ireland’s most formidable and inspiring mental health advocates. Niall holds an MSc in mindfulness-based intervention, bachelor’s degrees in economics and sociology and is an honorary fellow of both the Royal College of Surgeons and the IADT. He is currently undertaking a PhD in psycho/social interventions. He is also a bestselling author, musician, philanthropist and former professional athlete. His work as founder and Creative Director of the mental health advocacy charity A Lust for Life have earned him numerous social entrepreneurship awards including the prestigious Social Entrepreneur Ireland Impact award, The Rethink Ireland (formerly The Social Innovation Fund) and the Google Impact Award.


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02:15 300 km kayak down the River Shannon

07:05 What has it been like for Niall’s band since 2022?

11:49 The relationship between mental health and music

18:09 Alternative mental health interventions

22:29 Camden Recording Studios

28:31 Sinead O’Connor and the roots of Irish music

39:51 Niall’s PhD in mindfulness-based intervention

46:54 Why Niall chose to do a PhD

52:58 The power of purpose

54:37 What’s the secret in balancing work, life and passions?

01:01:09 What advice would you give for people on practicing mindfulness?

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