What does it mean to be Transgender or Non-Binary in Ireland?

BelongTo is an amazing organisation that provides support for young Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people in Ireland. If you know someone who is trans or non-binary, you probably want to be supportive, but maybe have some questions and are afraid to ask in case you cause offense. This week, BelongTo have released a series

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The power of an apology

Lets admit it, us girls are wagons. We just can’t let stuff go. Some girl picked you last for the dodgeball team in 3rd class and you still won’t speak to them in 5th year. In fact, by 5th year, you have probably forgotten what the argument was about, but by God, that girl is dead

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Playlist: 20 songs inspired by Anxiety & Depression

When you don’t have the words to explain how you feel, when you are alone, when you feel like nobody understands…… Music is the go to for so many of us who are going through a hard time, playing it or listening to it, you will always find a musician, singer, or songwriter who once stood

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Guest Post: On putting a face to mental illness

Something that I really had to think about when writing a blog was the use of my own identity? Do I hide behind an alias? Am I ashamed of an illness that I live with? I wrote my first post mainly as a therapeutic way to deal My Black Dog. I never really intended on

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Is Social Media making you sick?

Lets get real here. If you’re reading this, you have your phone or tablet in your hand, or are on a laptop or desktop PC. Ask yourself, how long have you been looking at the screen? Are you still in bed? Have you eaten today or spoken to a real person yet? Before you turn

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This Anorexia Survivor shares a letter to her body

Most of us girls have a negative opinion of our bodies. Many of us admit that we are fighting a constant battle to keep up with the unrealistic expectations that society puts on us to be perfect. Our culture views our bodies as ornaments and not amazing wonders of nature to be used as tools to run, dance,

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Guest Post: Why what I wear doesn’t mean I’m ‘Asking for it’.

Ellen Sheehan is a transition year student in Eureka Secondary School, in Kells County Meath, Ireland. She wrote this piece on her blog about how people react to the clothes we wear. Please follow Ella’s blog at https://unspokenbutdefinitelyfelt.wordpress.com/ I had and always will be the girl, who thrives off the idea of beauty. Who loves the

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My journey with Anorexia: By Megan

Last week, Megan told us a little about herself and her journey through recovery from anorexia. This week, she has written in more detail, in this beautiful, honest and insightful piece. x I can’t tell you when it started, because if I did I would be lying. The truth is, I don’t remember, it’s all a

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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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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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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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