Guest Post: Things are never as they seem

Jaqueline Murphy shares her life on her blog www.jacquelinezeta.com. She writes about fashion and beauty, but her life is not all Instagram perfection. Jacqueline has had to learn how to take care of her mental health (read about it here), and her blog is honest and open. Here, she shares her thoughts on the side of

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Yup I’m an Engineer, and a girl. And what?

I used to think I was not good enough for many things.  Not pretty enough, not skinny enough, not your picture perfect girl and I know there are many of you who may be reading this right now feeling the same. In school I didn’t know what I wanted to do and when I finally

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Using Art to express mental illness: By Aine Marry

“There’s a large problem where mental health is still stigmatised in Ireland. We need to open the conversation now to begin to resolve this problem within our country.” Aine Marry, an Art Student from Dublin, has used her talent to share her mental health challenges in a beautiful, thought provoking, witty and poignant way. Her

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The thing I’ve just Realised: By Nic

This week, Nicole has been taking part in the Cork heats of the Rose of Tralee contest. Pushing herself out of her comfort zone has pushed her levels of discomfort, and helped her to come to a realisation that she would like to share. You can read more about Nicole’s story here. To quote Eminem

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Be Addicted: By Ash

Ash is currently sitting her leaving cert, poor love. She wrote this piece a few weeks ago. Enjoy. Recently I discovered I am an addict. Whether it’s being addicted to smoking or routine I am an addict. I enjoy repetitiveness. It really only occurred to me recently after I saw the new trainspotting. No everyone

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My Anxious Heart

This is Katie Joy Crawford, a photographer from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Last year, for her final college project, Katie made a series of photos to capture her experience with anxiety and depression. The series is called My Anxious Heart, and Katie created each photo herself, using a remote camera. Katie said “It quickly became a cathartic experience

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My Bullying Story: By Tanya

The day I entered an all- girl secondary school I knew that trouble would lie ahead. For a whole year of my life I endured on going bullying from a group of girls that still to this day remain anonymous to me.  It was a time in my life that was dark and lonely, a

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How I shake it off: By Ash

A lot of people think because I’ve written a blog I’ve been cured of my own mental health struggles and honestly that couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m not cured I don’t even think there is a “cure” however, I’ve learned to manage and not let My Black Dog dictate my day. This morning

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An update from one of our favourite writers

Last year we shared the most amazing letter from Miss J. It really blew our socks off. Well, shes been back in touch, and she’s doing amazing. So here she is with an update…. Dear Shona, It’s me again! I should be more specific, given that you probably just stole a hasty glance at my

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Guest Post: A Reflection on Perfection

Earlier this week we shared our thoughts on the word ‘perfect’ and how harmful it can be. This post inspired Ellen to think about her journey with her own body, and she kindly shared them with us…. I was born on August 29th 2000, two weeks overdue. As the anticipation of me being the first

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Sticks and Stones….. By Nicole

As some of you know, Nicole Sadly lost her brother, Alex 18 months ago. Since then, as she slowly heals, she has channeled some of her pain into trying to prevent others from suffering the same loss by talking to young people in schools about synthetic drugs. This was a tough week for her. We’ll

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Guest Post: Stigmatized, by Abigail McDonnell

Stigmatized. Wow. It’s taken me a long time to build the courage to write about this. And of course, I’m not quite sure where to start.  My name is Abigail McDonnell and I’m 19 years old. At this moment in my life I am content, I am strong and I am excited about life, about

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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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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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