How to support a friend who is struggling: By Jenny

Often when a friend tells us that they are feeling a bit down, or have recently been diagnosed with a mental health issue, it’s difficult to know what to say or do. It’s an automatic reaction to panic, and avoid talking about the issue. However that friend will often have confided in you for a

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A letter to the first guy to break my heart: My Dad

Family stuff happens, and sometimes it hurts. This young lady wrote this letter that she will never send to her Dad, but wanted to get how she felt off her chest. Writing stuff down is a great way to get your head around how you feel, and sometimes helps a little. Dad, I have so

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Why Maysen is Walking from Cork to Donegal…

Can we all just take a second to appreciate Maysen Forbes, who is currently walking 560 miles from the bottom to the top of Ireland, to raise awareness and funds for Mental Health Ireland. Maysen, who has suffered with “anxiety, depression and self-harm” in the past, is just over half way through her monster hike, which

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How to Win at Life

Winning at life basically comes down to a combination of hard work, timing and luck. In order to get to where we want to be, and to have a happy and fulfilled existence, we really need the planets to all collide in our favour, right? Well yes, kinda. But life also involves making a series

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Demi Lovato’s new documentary looks epic!

We’re all little “Simply Complicated” and  the rich and famous are no different. Demi Lovato’s history of mental health and addiction issues have been well played out. Most of us get tagged in some unfortunate photos after the odd night out but Demi’s teenage years unfolded in front of the entire world, and she had

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Two videos that will warm your weary heart

At Shona, we love finding videos that inspire us or make us feel good. Here are two that were sent to us this week by our adoring fans (okay our Mams) that will cheer your soul, warm your cockles and lift your spirits. This first one takes comments that were sent to people online and

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What do these pictures tell you?

In honour of World Mental Health Day, here’s a little thought by Abigail… What do you see in these pictures? If I asked you, you’d probably say a happy carefree girl from the looks of it. And yeah, if i saw photos like these of someone else I’d probably say the same. But you never

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Get to Zeminar this week!

  This week, on October 10th-12th upwards of 16,000 young people will visit Zeminar at the RDS to hear from some of Ireland’s most inspirational people, including The O’Donovan brothers, Sr Stan, Blindboy, Sinead Burke and Anna Geary, aswell as our very own Nicole Ryan and Anna Keogh. Nicole is the founder of Alex’s Adventure

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The 21 day mindfulness challenge. Join us?

This week is Mental Health week in Ireland.  Not sure about you lot, but we’ve been wrecked lately. Back to college, the evenings are bet, we’re all skint, and our to-do lists are getting longer and longer. As a group we’ve all decided to do a 21 day mindfulness challenge, in order to get more

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5 ways to look after your mental health: By Megan

Mental Health Week is on from October 9th – October 14th 2017, with World Mental Health Day on Tuesday October 10th. Having a full week dedicated to mental health awareness is a huge step in educating people on all aspects of what mental health entails. Mental Health Ireland are promoting ‘5 Steps to Wellbeing’ over

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5 Things I Wish I Knew about Social Media When I was Younger

Social media is everywhere around us these days – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat… the list is endless. We are all guilty of spending too much time scrolling through the latest posts, or checking how many likes our recent selfie has gotten. But it was when I started to spend hours obsessing over what my friends

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What we learned from GaGa’s Documentary

We all want to know what life will be like when we make it. Everything will be better when… I will be happy when…. I will feel fulfilled when….. Five Foot Two, available to watch now on Netflix, shows us the reality of life for Lady Gaga. Within the first two minutes, Gaga tells the

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Why you can’t miss Missrepresentation: By Katie

‘My List’ on Netflix is full of Netflix originals murder mysteries and ‘Grace & Frankie’, a program I cannot recommend highly enough, by the way! One thing I didn’t know about Netflix was that they have a wide variety of documentaries about feminism and sexism, one intriguing one was ‘Miss Representation’. ‘Miss Representation’ strips down

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What you should know about Khadija Saye

On June 14th this year, we were all shocked to hear about the fire in Grenfell Tower, which took the lives of at least 80 people. Each and every lost life is a tragedy, and every person is hugely missed by those who loved them. Today we wanted to take a minute to remember Khadija

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Guest Post: The middle space

Alexandra is many wonderful things, and being a member of the trans community is just one of them. She prepared a lovely speech which she was scheduled to deliver in her first public talk today. Unfortunately, her anxiety got in the way. We think what she wrote is important and heartfelt, and worth sharing. This

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Starved of Female Role Models? Eat this!

We need more positive female role models amirite? Well, Time magazine obviously agrees, as this months “Firsts” issue celebrates the women who are changing the world. Selena Gomez graces the cover as the “Tastemaker”, due to becoming the first ever person to reach 100 million followers on Instagram (currently standing at 126 million). According to

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Stuff I wish someone told me before starting college..

As my best friend graduates from Maynooth University today, I’m sitting thinking back on my own college experience. The transition from school to college is something we don’t prepare for, we are thrown in at the deep end and told to figure it out. My 3 years in Maynooth weren’t all bad, I made friends

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