MASSIVE NEWS! We wrote a lil book!!!

We are SO excited to finally share our latest news. Are you ready! For the past few months we’ve been working on the cutest little book called “The Survival Handbook for Girls”. This book is has been lovingly put together by our entire team and beautifully illustrated by our friends at Vitamin Creative. The book

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Ask Steph: My Self-Esteem Sucks, Please Help!

Dear Steph, I’m 17 and I’m going into 6th year in September. But my self-esteem is really low. I get nervous meeting new people and I don’t like to do new things. I have a great group of friends but they just tell me to get over it and be happy. This summer is going

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The Shona Project’s Parents Webinar

Going back to school is going to be very different this year. So, it’s only fair that your daughter’s move from primary school to secondary school is more daunting than ever! We all know that students didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to primary school, their teachers, and their friends and have time to

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Inspirational Irish Women You Should Know About!

Growing up in today’s world is no easy task. Many of the women we look up to and aspire to be like, tend to be online, from hundreds and thousands of miles away or even both. It’s easy to forget that many inspiring women come from the little island of Ireland. From modern-day to those

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Coping With Grief – By C.Kelly

I was in class one day and the lecturer started speaking about how death affects us all in different ways but also how there is a common theory among the mental health community. It is that when we experience a breakup, leaving/losing your job, the death of a family pet, or when you end a

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Ask Steph: I Feel Sad and I Don’t Know Why

Dear Steph, Sometimes I get really down and I can’t seem to snap out of it. Some days I literally wake up, just sad. Nothing major has happened, I have friends, my family are great, I’m happy enough in school, but I still get this really sad feeling. It doesn’t happen every day, maybe every

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Post COVID Concerns of An Autistic Girl – By Ciara-Beth

The last few months have been overwhelming, to say the least. On a personal level, it feels like my life has become almost unrecognisable from what it used to be. Okay, maybe that’s a bit melodramatic, but it has to be admitted, life has changed immensely over the past 14 weeks. And to be quite

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🌈: A chat through transition with Alexandra

A large part of the LGBTQ* community but one that is often silenced is the ever-growing transgender community, or trans for short. Trans people often face more oppression that other members of the community with threats of sexual assault and physical violence looming over the very existence of these people. The often unaccepting social atmosphere

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🌈Our Favourite LGBTQ Characters and Heroes!

With Pride week upon us, we decided to share some of our favourite LGBTQ characters and heroes with you. Some play LGBTQ characters, some are strong allies/members of the LGBTQ community and most importantly, some are both! 1. Derry Girls’ Clare Devlin We don’t know who puts a smile on our face more, the adorable

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Pride Week🌈 : Dublin Pride Digital Festival Schedule

Dublin Pride is the largest fundraising event of the year for many LGBTI+ community organisations and charities in Ireland. The yearly festival is held to celebrate LGBTQ people and the people who love them and want to support them and its not to be missed! However, this year everyone from all walks of life have

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39 Female Irish Musicians Come Together In Aid of Safe Ireland

If there’s one thing we know for sure here at Shona, its that nothing is more powerful and magical than when women come together to create change. Since lockdown began, there has been a  25% increase in domestic violence calls to An Garda Siochana, and Women’s Aid have reported a 39% increase in calls. Inspired

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My Story: By Kirsten Mate Maher

There was a period of time in my life where I’d have given anything to be white. I thought my life would be easier if I was white because I wouldn’t feel like I stuck out like a sore thumb when I walked into a room full of people or out onto a camogie pitch.

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Am I Supposed To Have A Plan?

In secondary school, it can seem like the course of action you choose after your leaving cert will define your entire life and future career. I‘m Maeve and I was a sixth-year student who had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do after the leaving cert. At the time, I thought I needed to know

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The Middle Space: By Alexandra

Alexandra is many wonderful things, and being a member of the trans community is just one of them. This is her story, which we originally shared in 2017….. I currently occupy what I like to call the middle space. The middle space is that gap between male and female. It’s the difference between ‘sir’ and ‘miss’

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Ask Steph: Why Can’t I stop Eating?

Dear Steph, I can’t stop eating! I mean it! Ever since we’ve been at home, I’m eating non-stop. I’m not even hungry half the time. Some days I’m not bothered but some days I get really upset and annoyed with myself. What’s going on and how can I stop? Hi there, Thanks so much for

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Loving Your Body and Your Mind: By Sophie

The most important day is the day you decide you’re good enough for you. It’s the day you set yourself free. Brittany Josephina This quote means a lot to me as a young woman. My name is Sophie and I am an Applied Health Care student studying in Waterford. The reason I chose to study

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Let’s Talk About PTSD: By Steph

It isn’t in my past, it’s in my everyday. There’s a mental health condition that’s not often talked about and can sometimes be misunderstood: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a condition that can occur when someone has experienced or witnessed an event that threatened their life or safety. PTSD is most commonly associated with

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How you can support the Black Lives Matter Movement…

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. – Rumi. If we’ve learned anything over the past year, its that the world can change in a heartbeat. We can no longer just look after ourselves. None of us can make it alone, we need

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Missing School? Here are some free life lessons?

Most people will tell you that the older they get, the more they learn about life. Your loved ones have made many a mistake and made many a blunder which is what makes themso utterly and eternally wise.The good news is, if you listen to them, and hear what they have to say, you may

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