My story: By Shaunagh

The year my parents separated was the year my whole world completely crashed and to say my mental health suffered was an understatement. I went from being a severely athletic young girl who loved her body and everything that she was to a complete hermit who hated any sort of interaction with the world and

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My experience with TTM (Hair Pulling)

Trichotillomania (TTM), otherwise known as Trich, is a disorder where people pull out their hair, one strand at a time, from their scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows or other parts of the body. It can be very traumatic for sufferers. Today, Shannon shared her own experience with us, teaching us more about the condition… I’m gonna talk

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A minor epiphiny: By Megan

As someone who struggles with anxiety and depression, I’m not one to exercise regularly. Getting out of the house to jog, run or walk causes me stress I view as unnecessary, so I usually rule out exercise. However, when I don’t go out and move in some way, shape, or form, my anxiety seems to

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Kesha’s new song is an anthem for anyone who is struggling

Kesha is one of the worlds most talented musicians, but she hasn’t released anything in 4 years. Why? Well its a long and horrible story. (Read here). She’s now back with a bang with this beautiful song about strength, bravery and rising from the ashes that any of us who have ever had to find

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This beautiful girl took her own life due to bullies

This week, we heard of the devastating death of the beautiful Elle Trowbridge from County Tyrone. Elle took her own life a few days after her 16th birthday, because she could no longer cope with the online bullying she had been subjected to. Elle’s mother, Mandy told the Irish News, that Elle was first targeted

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Snapchat just got creepy: How to protect yourself

So if you don’t already know, Snapchat have just introduced ‘Snap Map’ a feature that allow you to see where all your friends are, and what they are doing at any time, even seeing their exact address. Lads, this is weird and will potentially ruin friendships, careers, and even lives because it encourages paranoia and

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11 illustrations of mental health in college

The number of students who are dropping out of college courses due to mental health difficulties has risen in over the past few years. UK Illustrator and student Ella Baron captures the experiences of 11 undergraduates in this remarkable and beautiful illustrations. ‘There’s a claustrophobia about student life; you work and eat and drink and

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A thorn between the roses: By Nic

As some of you may know this year I ran for the Cork Rose and it was an almighty experience. I usually never do these kind of things because they generally tend to make me uncomfortable. I love competition but not competing with women. I prefer women empowerment. My main issue is that I am

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How exercise heals my mind: By Ash

I love exercise. I genuinely do. Now don’t get me wrong it requires energy, motivation and willpower which I’ll be honest, I lack. But I still love exercise. Anytime I do some sort of exercise I feel great after it. All the studies show that it releases great endorphins and makes you feel good and

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Sinead Burke came to slay!

Sinéad Burke aka Minnie Melange is awesome. We know this. At 3ft5, this PhD student, author and social media goddess can command any room she enters. A massive fashionista, she works very hard to highlight the fact that the fashion industry needs to become more inclusive. Sinéad believes in the power of education to create

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How about a little bit of sex ed?

You can learn how to do anything on Youtube; play guitar, change a tyre, create a spreadsheet. But did you know that if you follow the right people (Hard to find, lots of weirdos) you can get all the sex ed you need too? If you’re a girl, Hannah Witton is your friend. She will

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Dear Shannon: A Letter to Myself

Dear Shannon, You’re 16 and I’m writing to you to you to give you a heads up.  There is a rough few years ahead. Being different is nothing to be ashamed of, but unfortunately you will learn this the hard way. Soon you will be mocked, taunted, pushed, and shoved.  A feeling of dread hangs

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20 Questions with Blythe Baird

Recently, Megan wrote and article introducing us all to Blythe Baird,  a 20 year old actress, author and poet who speaks a lot about the reality of life for young women. This girl is totally relatable and her words tell all of our stories. Here she is reciting her poem “Pocket Sized Feminism” which was ranked the #1

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Guest Post: Things are never as they seem

Jaqueline Murphy shares her life on her blog www.jacquelinezeta.com. She writes about fashion and beauty, but her life is not all Instagram perfection. Jacqueline has had to learn how to take care of her mental health (read about it here), and her blog is honest and open. Here, she shares her thoughts on the side of

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WHY DO I HATE PHOTOS OF MYSELF? (The Science)

Okay so you’re all dolled up to go out, you look pretty good. You take a few selfies, you’re happy with the 7th one. You post it, you get likes. The next morning you wake to see that you’ve been tagged in a few pics from the night before. You recoil in horror and get to

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The Stars share an important message

The Glamour Women of The Year Awards are all about celebrating women who excel in the areas of film, TV, fashion, beauty, music and sport. This year, they grabbed all the stars, and asked them to help spread an important message inspired by our favourite, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s book, “We Should All Be Feminists“. Nicole

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Using Art to express mental illness: By Aine Marry

“There’s a large problem where mental health is still stigmatised in Ireland. We need to open the conversation now to begin to resolve this problem within our country.” Aine Marry, an Art Student from Dublin, has used her talent to share her mental health challenges in a beautiful, thought provoking, witty and poignant way. Her

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The thing I’ve just Realised: By Nic

This week, Nicole has been taking part in the Cork heats of the Rose of Tralee contest. Pushing herself out of her comfort zone has pushed her levels of discomfort, and helped her to come to a realisation that she would like to share. You can read more about Nicole’s story here. To quote Eminem

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