Aoife on Singing your Heart Out

As far back as I can remember, I wanted to sing. I was always singing as a young child, even back to age 3 or 4, and I always felt happiest when I was singing. All through my young years of being a child, I used to say that I wanted to be a singer

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Hush Now!! Michelle is speaking.

We are obsessed with Michelle Obama. We have been very clear about this in the past. Earlier this week Michelle spoke out about Trumps attitude to women and gave us all a masterclass on how to shut down a massive toolbucket with dignity, grace and intelligence. Take it away Shellie.

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Rooms around the World

If you were to look at the bedrooms of young women all over the world, what do you think they would look like?   Messy? Probably. Pink? Sometimes. Smelling of the half eaten bowl of Coco Pops under the bed? Almost Always. John Thakwray travelled to over 55 countries and photographed over 1,00 bedrooms of young people. The pictures

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101 Ways to Deal with Stress

On your first day of class, you are usually handed a mountain of notes and told to get stuck in and say goodbye to your social life for the next six months. For the past ten years, Brett Phillips, a psychology teacher from California has been starting his class with a list of 101 ways to

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Am I Pretty Now?

Karolina Maria, from Norway, posted a video to Instagram called “Am I pretty now?” The video shows Karolina (20) scrolling through Instagram and getting more and more unhappy with her appearance. It starts with the contouring, followed by falsies and eventually she has completely changed her appearance. “I think it’s just so crazy how plastic

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The Worlds Most Amazing Letter

Sometimes, after we visit schools, we get emails from girls to tell us about their lives. Sometimes they ask for help, and we are happy to refer them to people in their areas that can do that. Sometimes, they want a good oul vent, and that’s grand too. Sometimes it to say they liked our

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Video: About my anxiety

One in three teenage girls suffers from anxiety, according to a survey of 14-year-olds for the Department for Education in the UK. Orli, a 17-year-old girl from north London, talks to her friends about her anxiety, how she plans to beat it and stop the stigma surrounding it. Its a good watch, speaks for itself.

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On Loss

On Wednesday night a dark cloud descended on Waterford, one that is palpable. The young people, who usually fill the streets with energy and vibrancy are silent. Parents and friends are devastated, wondering how to help their children through this, wanting to take their pain away and knowing that they will never be the same again.

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Guest Interview: On getting to grips with Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a learning difference affecting the way the brain processes written and spoken language. It is not laziness, disruptive behavior, or a general lack of comprehension. To see for yourself how some people struggle to read, have a look at this website and you’ll get it. Siobhan works in finance in London. She manages

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Guest Post: A Letter to My Bully

M, I saw you yesterday, you were in town with your kids. You looked tired, the kids were acting up, you wore no wedding ring and you didn’t smile once. I had no desire to say hello, or for you to see me. Maybe you did, I’m not sure. If you did, did you think

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Pictures of Your Mind

Have you ever seen your entire thought process summed up in a couple of doodles? Well get ready, it’s about to happen. Nina Cosford has released a new book called “My Name Is Girl: An Illustrated Guide To the Female Mind”, in which she shows all the complexities and contradictions associated with being a girl.

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Audrie & Daisy is finally on Netflix!

Daisy Coleman was 14 years old when she woke up on her front lawn with her hair frozen to the ground after attending a party with her older brothers friend. Soon after, Audrie Pott, aged 15  was sexually assaulted at a house party. A week later, Audrie was dead, having committed suicide. This new Netflix

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Queer Kids Stuff: Breaking down for kids what it means to be LGBT

When you see it for yourself, it seems like such an obvious idea that is long overdue. This new web series explains what it means to be LGBT in simple language for young children. “Queer Kids Stuff“ is created and produced by Lindsey Amer and is intended to start conversations between kids and adults in a

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Why don’t I fit in at school?

As we all return to school, some of us are also seeing the return of that awful sinking associated with the dread of having to exist in a  place where we have never felt like we can be ourselves. So many of us just don’t feel like we fit in at school. We can find

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My Trans Diary: Hollywood has a Trans Problem

Hollywood has a Trans problem. Just after my last article went online, it was announced that actor Matthew Bomer would play a female trans sex worker in the adaptation of stage play Anything for the big screen. Too often this is the case with Hollywood films dealing with trans experiences. We are resigned to either

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How Not to Help a Friend Who is Feeling Down

This post was written on Your Mental Health. We thought it was worth sharing….. When someone is feeling down or going through a tough time, it’s important to take them seriously and to give them some space to explain what is going on for them, and how they feel about it.  Avoid responses which reject

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ICYMI: Kellie O’Farrell, Burns Survivor

Some years ago, I watched a really touching documentary about Kellie O’Farrell, a young Longford girl, who had survived a fire when she was two, which resulted in most of her body being covered in substantial burns. Her story has stayed with me ever since, and this week I was delighted when she agreed to

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Sorcha Richardson: An Irish songbird in NY

Dublin born Sorcha Richardson moved to New York in 2009 to study in The New School, a progressive edge arts college. This week, Sorcha is releasing some of her new music, and shared her new song, Walk Away with us, have a listen here: Sorcha, tell us about you the relationship you had with music growing

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