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The best thing Denis Slattery ever did was ask for help.

As his marriage began to breakdown, the father-of-two began to fall into the clutches of depression.

"When I first realised things weren't quite right, I tried to keep everything to myself," he said.

"I was at work one day and I was starting to think about things. I noticed I had tears in my eyes and I thought 'what's going on here?'

"My marriage was falling apart and in those intense conversations we were having, I couldn't say anything.

"I knew there was something wrong and it was starting to get worse."

In an attempt to keep his problems private, Mr Slattery began to isolate himself; which only made the matter worse.

"I didn't want to associate with people but at the same time when I was by myself I wished I had someone to talk to," he said.

"It was very hard to go to events. I felt like people were looking at me and I couldn't wait to get out.

"I'd be down the street and see some of my really good friends and I'd avoid them. Click here to read more.

By Kimberley Price, The Standard; published November 20, 2019 - 3:30p.m.

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