Generation what? What are we thinking?

  So I might be alone on this one, but there’s something about a good set of stats that really makes the geek in me jump for joy, particularly when they are focused on our lovely little island, and even more so when they ask questions about sex and relationships. So I was basically beaming

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Feminism 101: By Katie

feminism ˈfɛmɪnɪz(ə)m/ noun noun: feminism the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes. Feminism is the theory of political, social & economic equality between the sexes. At its root, feminism is about achieving equality among the sexes, it is campaigning for women to be given the same opportunities as

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Cara Delevingne talks about her depression

Model, actress, and now author, Cara Delevingne  has always been honest and open about her struggles with depression. Earlier this month, she shared more of her story with the online magazine “Net-A- Porter”, saying that she always felt there was “just something dark within me”. Mental health does not discriminate, and we can have the

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Stop what you’re doing because we found the perfect podcast

Here at Shona, we are the worlds biggest podcast nerds. Ask us a podcast related question and you will be dragged into a vortex of “oh, what about,” “hey have you tried”, “oh that sounds, good, let me write that one down” and you will regret ever muttering the term out loud. Podcasts are the

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Our Thoughts on Males. A Helpful Clarification.

No, we do not hate boys, but thanks for asking. At the Shona Project, we work with primarily (but not exclusively) girls. For the most part, people are fine and cool with that. But some people are not, so we’re here to clear things up. Men and women, boys and girls are all awesome, because

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We made the news!!!

Last Friday, the lovely Eleanor Mannion from RTE news came to hang out with us and the girls from the Presentation secondary school in Kilkenny. We had such a lovely day, these girls are so lovely, so honest, and so open. Meet them all below…….

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Oh how we miss Michelle Obama..

Anyone who reads our site knows how utterly in love we are with Michelle Obama. We miss her so much it hurts. Michelle has always been a voice for women and girls, and really encourages us all to take an active role in our own futures, and to build communities in which we support and

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How to stop a bully dead in their tracks…

Bullies have existed since the dawn of time. Often as a result of having no power or control in their own lives, bullies take out their frustration on easy targets, for no other reason than that, they are easy targets. They may have even tried to bully others before they get to the one who

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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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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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