Sunday Long Reads: Living with mental illness, Brexit fallout and Scarlett Johansson's best performances

Kick back with a cup of coffee and enjoy the best long reads from Newstalk

It has been more than a week now since the British people voted to leave the EU, and it looks like it's set to dominate headlines for some time yet.

In this week's Long Reads, we take a look at what exactly Article 50 is, and what could happen when Britain triggers it. We also examine the political response to the referendum result, and how Nicola Sturgeon put her English counterparts to shame.

It has been a dramatic week in Euro 2016, and Adrian Collins analyses England's high-profile exit from the tournament. Elsewhere, our 'Living with mental illness' series continues, while James Dempsey looks at Scarlett Johannson's best performances.

Living with mental illness: Meeting a psychiatrist for the first time...

No more than meeting a therapist for the first time, meeting a psychiatrist can seem overwhelmingly daunting, not least because we’re conditioned to believe a number of things about psychiatry.

When psychiatry was first mentioned to me I nearly lost my life, primarily because I firmly believed it must have meant there was something seriously wrong with my mind. 

Four years ago I reached the point where I had no choice but to attend, and so began my adventures with the Galway Adult Mental Health Services.

Steven Gerrard's excuse for England's defeat explains why he never won the Premier League title

Image: Jon Super / AP/Press Association Images

The sight of an England manager sitting before the assembled press and explaining why they have crashed out of a tournament is a familiar one, but the scene of Roy Hodgson doing so this week after their defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016 was one that was so comically bizarre that it verged on the grotesque.

As he continuously reminded those members of the media in attendance, he wasn't sure why he had been dragged out before them to answer their questions, as his statement on the matter should have been sufficient. He had resigned, and much like David Cameron in the wake of a shock defeat in the Brexit referendum, the resulting mess was somebody else's problem now. 

As usual, the soul-searching had begun as England desperately tried to find a scapegoat.

Article 50: Why the Brexit time frame is entirely up to Britain

You will have heard a lot about Article 50 over the last few days, in relation to Britain leaving the European Union.

Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty gives the right of a member state to withdraw from the EU. Before this, the possibility of a withdrawal was seen as highly controversial.

How Nicola Sturgeon's response to the Brexit vote put English politicians to shame

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks to the media outside Bute House, Edinburgh, following an emergency Scottish cabinet meeting. Image: Jane Barlow / PA Wire/Press Association Images

‘Seismic’ is almost an understatement - the impact of Brexit has legitimately rocked the very foundations of the British political establishment.

It was a week of political confusion, panic and uncertainty across the Irish Sea. Even the Leave campaign leaders didn’t seem to know exactly how to react.

And yet, as the two biggest British political parties were thrown into states of internal turmoil, there was one leader in particular who seemed to take the shock result in her stride. You had to look towards Edinburgh, though, to see a genuinely decisive, proactive response to the referendum.

Lewis Hamilton's radio complaints haven't generated much sympathy from his F1 rivals

"What is this guys? Looking at my f**king dash every five seconds trying to find a switch that's in the wrong position. I might not finish this race 'cos I'm gonna try and change everything".

That was the terse radio message from Lewis Hamilton halfway through the European GP as the reigning champion struggled with a settings issue on his Mercedes, preventing him from using his car's full potential.

A rather arbitrary radio rule introduced at the end of 2015 prevented his team from telling him how to fix the settings problem, and it was one that prevented Hamilton from fighting back further from his lowly grid spot in Azerbaijan.

Seven performances that show why Scarlett Johansson is the world's most successful actress

According to ticket sales tabulated by Box Office Mojo, Scarlett Johansson has become the first female movie star to ever break into the top 10 highest grossing actors of all time, having banked more than $3.3bn (€2.96bn). The 32-year-old actress knocks Gary Oldman out of the top 10, in a list dominated by veteran actors with an average age of 64.

Johansson’s versatility as a dramatic actress, comedienne, sex symbol, and skilled vocal performer means she deserves a spot in the top 10. Here is our pick of seven Scarlett Johansson performances that make her the real deal.

The Great Haul of China - How Hollywood's blockbuster flops are being saved by Asian cinemagoers

Over the weekend, one of the biggest blockbusters of the year - Independence Day: Resurgence - was released in cinemas around the world, to a mostly muted response.

Not even accounting for inflation, or additional ticket sales costs for the likes of 3D or IMAX tickets, the movie couldn't match the $50m opening weekend of the 1996 original.

Normally, that would spell doom for a production with costs of that size, except that Independence Day: Resurgence also made $102.1 million in the other international markets − with $37.3 million coming from China alone.