Harry is an experienced medical doctor who, following a period of running a hospital in the Third World, has worked as a senior GP within the Irish Health System for over thirty-five years. He has a long-standing interest around mental health especially the management of anxiety, depression, toxic stress and prevention of suicide He has developed a holistic approach with an emphasis on the combination of combining Neuroscience concepts, lifestyle changes and where necessary drug therapy, with the application of simple CBT approaches to effectively manage these conditions.
He is a Member of the Royal College of GPs in London; a Member of the Irish College of GPs and holds a Masters in CBT. He is interested in providing parents and adolescents, indeed all of us adults with skills to improve our mental health. He is passionate about emotional resilience and how developing skills in this area could transform our mental health all domains of life, including the workplace.
In relation to the workplace, he is passionate about the importance of self-care, combining lifestyle changes and emotional resilience skills to improve our mental wellbeing and reduce incidence of mental health difficulties. He has spoken in well-known companies such as Google and Which HQ in London. He was asked to give the keynote speech for the St John’s Ambulance Mental Health First Aid conference in London in 2018 where he addressed many of the major companies present on the importance of managing emotional distress in the workplace.
He retired from full time general practice in 2013 to focus solely on mental health. He now works on a consultancy basis combining clinics, writing, media and public information lectures as well as assisting fellow GPs, nurses (including occupational health nurses), guidance counsellors, parents, teachers, sports clubs and therapists with lectures and workshops. He is the author of 8 books about mental health. His last 2 books Anxiety and Panic and Emotional Resilience reached number one on the nonfiction best seller list. The former laid out a revolutionary new approach to banishing panic attacks, phobias, social anxiety and general anxiety from your life. The latter laid out 20 key skills that can revolutionize your mental health.
His latest book Self-Acceptance was launched in May 2019 in London and Dublin. It went straight into number one in the nonfiction best seller list.
Self-Acceptance was reviewed by Bruce Daisley Vice President Twitter Europe – ‘This is the most remarkable book you will read this year. Surprising, stimulating and guaranteed to change your behaviour. I found myself riveted by its compelling evidence’. It was also reviewed by Professor Catherine Harmer, Professor Cognitive Neuroscience Oxford who called it – ‘----This book is a joy to read - a real page turner----'.
He is a regular contributor to national press and media (both TV and radio) and is a regular contributor to the Sean O’ Rourke show for almost five years. He has also been a contributor over the years, to TV shows such Claire Byrne Live, Prime Time, Ray Darcy Show, Morning AM and the ‘Late Late Show’. He served on the national board of Aware for over ten years. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the College of Psychiatry of Ireland. He is a member of an international group of experts (which includes for example Professor Catherine Harmer, Professor Cognitive Neuroscience Oxford), exploring how best to measure cognition in depression and who recently published their first journal article on the subject.