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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How to be Bullied

Until I turned 14 my life was pretty textbook. I was the 2nd of three kids with an older sister and younger brother, a Mam and a Dad a dog and a cat. Everything was fine. Somewhere between 1st and 2nd year everything imploded and the ground was pulled out from beneath me. Within a

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Guest Post: I’m a Big Girl, and I’m Fine with That.

Clodagh wrote this post for us about making peace with how she looks… For as long as I can remember, I’ve been the way I am. Seems like a pretty vague statement. But it’s true… what is that way? FAT. F. A. T. Fat… I’ve heard every joke I can think of from bullies, all my life. I’ve

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Guest Blog: On Insecurities

In two days Rachel will turn 18, and leave her childhood behind her. As she looks back on her teenage years, she thinks about the insecurities she struggled with and wrote this beautiful essay for us: I can still remember the moment it happened. The moment insecurities became a feature in my life. I had

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33 Things Fat Women Hear all the Time.

“I’m just worried about your health”  “Even your voice sounds fat” ” It never fails to amaze me how people think they have a right to comment on how others look, and to dictate how they should look.  Judgement is the scourge of females, and we are our own worst enemies at times. In this video shared 2

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Hello Heartbreak

Are you eating Ben and Jerrys straight from the tub and watching the Gilmore Girls in your peejays? Chances are your heart has just been broken. We feel you. If for one second you are thinking that its in any way because you’re not enough, or that you did anything wrong, STOP RIGHT THERE! Every single

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Staying Safe whilst out at night

It’s an unfortunate reality that we need to watch our backs when we’re out and about at night. Karen Buckleys death shocked all of us last year and incidents such as these are all too common. According to The Independent, the following are the 10 most important rules for protecting yourselves and each other when out

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When your Panic Attacks have No Chill :(

Alannah suffers from panic attacks. 18 months ago her Dad left and her family went through a very stressful time. As a result she sometimes has a couple of attacks in one week. We asked her to tell us what that feels like and this is what she told us… In the past 12 months

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10 books every badass girl should read.

‘Emma’ by Jane Austen Jane Austen herself was pretty badass, and she created a whole host of feisty female leads who don’t need a man to make them happy. (Sure, they all get married at the end, but they were doing just fine on their own.) It was a real challenge to pick just one Austen

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How to break up with a friend without drama

So last week we talked about the signs that your friendship has gone bad, and we agreed that you would take a few days out to think about how you feel right? And now you’re back so obviously you’ve decided that this friendship has to end, which is a pity but there you have it. First of

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When to break up with a friend…

So you’ve known her all your life. You’ve had so many sleepovers your parents haven’t seen you apart in years, cried together when One Direction broke up  and  watched every episode of Pretty Little Liars together. But lately you have grown apart and you really feel that your friendship is more hard work than it used

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The weight of secrets

So we’ve all heard the term “coming out” and we know that it refers to someone from the LGBT community telling their friends and family the truth about themselves. We’ve all heard the good and the bad stories; parents who say they always knew and those who refuse to accept the facts and the relationships that

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Why is “you love yourself” an insult?

When someone confronts us, or picks on us, our instinct is usually to either get upset and feel small, or to see red and retaliate. For example, one of the most common ‘insults’ I hear of is the age-old, go-to: How would you react to this? 1: Get upset and cry. This is exactly what the bully hopes

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Hey you! Watch this video…

Good morning, Its Sunday morning, and you’re probably lying in bed wondering what to do with your day, your week, or your life.Before you decide, watch this video.

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16-Year-Old Girl Killed During a Fight in Her School’s Bathroom

“This is not only an unspeakable tragedy for her family, but also for the school, and the entire community.” On Thursday, a 16-year-old sophomore girl at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, Delaware, died after a fight with multiple other students in a school bathroom. “There was an altercation that initially started between two

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Goodnight 

This is a beautiful song by Claire Hayden and Becky Philips from Cork. The song is a duet between a mother and a daughter about the effects of bullying, really lovely and thought provoking. Well done girls.

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