Kirk Minihane announces ‘indefinite leave’ from WEEI
WEEI host Kirk Minihane, who recently detailed his battle with depression on his show, is taking an indefinite leave of absence from the station.
“Still battling mental health issues,” Minihane wrote on his Twitter account Thursday night. “Truth is I came back to work too fast.”
I’m going on an indefinite leave from the show. Still battling mental health issues. Truth is I came back to work too fast. Wish I could be there with @GerryCallahan, @_ChrisCurtis and @KenLairdWEEI - I love those guys very much. I’ll be OK and sorry I’m leaving you all with Mut.— Kirk Minihane (@kirkmin) September 6, 2018
Minihane revealed on Aug. 9 that during the previous week he had checked himself into Winchester Hospital with suicidal thoughts. He was transferred to McLean Hospital, where he had undergone treatment for depression.
When he returned to work on Aug. 10, the co-host of WEEI’s “Kirk and Callahan” morning show was candid about what he was going through and even the specifics of what he was contemplating.
“I was sort of dying on the inside,’’ he said. “I said, ‘I simply cannot live like this anymore. I have to give up whatever power I have.’ And I drove the car to Winchester Hospital and walked up to the emergency room woman and said, “I’m having very dangerous thoughts. That was the beginning of five days of hospitalization. I went in, and feel a little better now.”
Minihane’s candor included addressing the unfair stigma that is sometimes attached to going public with mental health struggles.
“I’m not going to go into cliché world here, but this is a real thing,” Minihane. “And I think guys our age — depression still has a stigma of being sort of feminine and emasculating, and that’s not the case. At all. Absolutely not the case at all.
“So if a couple [of guys] are going through it, hear this and feel a little better and say, ‘You know what, I’m not going to skip that therapist appointment today,’ or, ‘I will take those pills today.’ Great. Awesome.”
Minihane had continued to talk openly about the topic since returning to the air. He was on Thursday’s program. On Twitter, he told followers he’ll “be OK.”