Why this picture of a smile went viral

Tensions in the US and the UK have been rising over the past few years, and acts of racism seem to be rising along with it, as people react in fear to the terrorist attacks that have happened across the world. This picture was taken at a protest held by the English Defence League in

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How about a reality check? By Ash

Everyone has bad days sometimes. You can’t blame people for being stressed or not skipping around the place as if they have just won the lotto. Today there are so many pressures in our daily lives. I mean for teenagers alone we have the stress of exams and education, making our parents proud and trying

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Weapons of Choice: Ireland Edition

A couple of weeks ago we shared a post about the “Weapon of Choice” project, which showed some powerful pictures of the damage our words can do to others. If you didn’t see it you can catch up here. This project was brought to our attention by Kate Lennon (our favourite teacher ever), who teaches at

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Social Anxiety, its a legit thing…

Does the thought of a public event bring you out in a rash? Do you spend all day talking yourself into going out, only to cancel at the last minute to hang out with your cat? Relax, you’re not weird, you probably have social anxiety, and that is a legit thing that affects 16.8% of

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The Irish womens socccer team are kicking off (see what we did there?)

All joking and catchy headlines aside this is just not good enough. Today, our Irish women’s soccer team held a press conference in what they said was a “last resort” to raise concerns about the support they are given from the FAI. In a collective statement they said… We as players are proud to represent our

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Guest Post: Megan on the stigma around anorexia

18 year old Megan has just joined our youth council, and hopes to use it as a platform to raise awareness and start conversations about eating disorders in Ireland. Here is her first post. She will be writing more about her experiences in the future. Welcome aboard Megan x When I heard of anorexia as

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Why I love to read: by Clodagh

When I was growing up, I was a huge reader. I devoured books. I spent years waiting until I could start on my sister’s collection of Babysitter Club books, and distracted myself with Jacqueline Wilson’s heartbreaking tales. I went to my local library, my school library, my brother’s bookshelves, anywhere I might find a new

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A rundown of the worlds sassiest cartoon heroines

These days, Disney is all about diversity, and while their princesses still have waists the size of your wrist, they are getting ballsier and more sassy. You wouldn’t cross  Moana when she has an oar in her hand, and Anna from Frozen needs no man, she can build her own ice castle and pay her own

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An important message for the two thirds

Today, the Irish examiner released a study of 2,5oo teenagers which found that two thirds of 13-19 year olds say that their mental health state is ‘poor, very poor or average.’ We talk to girls all the time about the pressure they feel to be smart, beautiful and perfect. Caitlin Moran, the amazing author of

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The truth about drugs, what you need to know…

Last year, Nicole lost her younger brother, 18 year old Alex, who took synthetic drugs (SD’S) at a house party. Since then, Nicole has learned as much as she can about SD’s and works really hard to prevent as many of these deaths as she possibly can. Here, she shares what she learned and what

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What if we treated female scientists like celebrities??

Question… Why do we emulate celebrities? What is it about Beyonce that makes us love her so much. Shes a trailblazer, she is smart, she is a positive role model, she is a shrewd business woman, she is an innovator. So is Millie Dresselhaus, known as the “queen of carbon science”, the first female Institute Professor and

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How bullying took the life of Leanne Wolfe

10 years ago this week, 18 year old Cork girl, Leanne Wolfe took her own life after enduring 3 years of bullying. Leanne’s parents were on holiday in Spain when the phone rang and their son simply said “Leanne is gone”. Leanne’s mother, Colette’s mothering instincts took over and, from all those miles away, she

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10 ways in which you could be your own worst enemy.

1. You ascribe intent. Your friend never texted you back. Someone jumped ahead of you in the queue. You were mistakenly left out of a group chat. You take it very personally. So what caused you to be so offended? You took it as a personal dig, a slap in the face. Happy people do not do

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Need a pep talk? We got you covered…

We don’t let many boys hang out here at shona.ie, but in this case we’re making an exception. Meet your new idol, Kid President. Need a pep talk? KP has possibly the best pep talk ever given. Kid President has interviewed President Obama, kissed Beyoncé, launched his own TV show and his book, Kid President’s Guide to

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Youth Council Profile: Meet Clodagh

Over the next few weeks, we will be introducing you to our new youth council, Ireland’s fabbest young women. Each of our members will tell us about themselves, and share why they decided to join us. This week, meet Clodagh, a 20 year old English and French student, currently in Nantes, France on her year abroad.  Clodagh

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Words hurt. Fact.

There are many types of verbal abuse, trolling, cyber bullying, slut shaming, exclusion, we all know them. But do you think we would be so ready to do it if we could literally see the effects our words have on people faces? Photographer, Richard Jones has joined forces to create a project called ‘Weapon of

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Tracey Ulmans sexism skit wins the internet today.

Tracey Ullman has been making people laugh for decades. But in her new show on BBC, she really highlights how ridiculous and frustrating people’s attitudes to sexual assault victims can be. In the video, she plays a detective who applies the same line of questioning often used for assault victims to a man who has

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How to talk to someone who’s depressed: by Ash

Very few people know how to respond when people when they say they struggle with mental illness. Here’s some things that have been said to me that made me irritated/belittled. There’s also a few responses at the end. “Oh that’s shit I get pretty depressed too. Especially when everyone goes out and I don’t and

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