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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Why I Shared my Story: By Ash

Last week, at the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland awards, the lights went dim, and Aisling’s video was shared across three massive screens with 600 strangers. Her honesty and bravery blew the entire audience away on the night, and since then, over 6 thousand (and still rising) people have watched it on the SEI Facebook page. The

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Why we March: By Kate, aged 14

Every 30 September, people from all over the country gather together at the March for Choice in Dublin to march in solidarity to Repeal the 8th Amendment. With a referendum just around the corner, it’s as important than ever to stand together to Repeal the 8th. The Citizens’ Assembly has shown that Ireland is pro-choice, and it’s important for

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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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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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Take The Shona Pledge…

Its nice to be nice isn’t it? We think so. We are so excited to introduce our new pledge, and to invite every one of you to join those who have taken it already. Life as hard and we need to be kind to each other. We also need to be kinder to ourselves and

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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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Got something to say?

Here at Shona, we are very keen to feature as many voices as possible. To share our stories, opinions & experiences, to celebrate our differences and to highlight the loads and loads of amazing women and girls we have here in Ireland and all over the world. We want to learn from each other and

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How do we feel about ‘Ever, Jane’?

When it comes to boys and girls, we feel its not sexist to observe that, in general, boys are more into computer games than girls. You could say that girls are too busy fighting for body autonomy and breaking glass ceilings. It might also be true to say that, in general, women are more into

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Consent: Its simple really…

There is so much discussion about consent in the ether lately, and if you talk around a subject for long enough, you’ll manage to make it more complicated than it actually is. Its actually quite simple, every man, woman and child should have complete ownership of their own body, and nobody has the right to

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A masterclass in shutting down sexism

We see it all the time. Women who are smart, capable, and highly accomplished being reduced to ornaments during interviews. Instead of being asked about their work, they are asked about either a) what they are wearing or b) who they are dating. Here’s a master class in shutting that shit down by your favourites….

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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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Meet the worlds youngest freestyle champion

This chick is another level… Liv Cooke, aged 18, from Leyton, UK is the youngest ever Women’s Freestyle World Champion. Liv was always a huge soccer fan, and grew up playing on the streets with her younger brother. She showed huge potential and was earmarked as the next big thing, but unfortunately, she suffered a

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