Why Asking For Help Changed My Life

The year my parents separated was the year my whole world completely crashed and to say my mental health suffered was an understatement. I went from being a severely athletic young girl who loved her body and everything that she was to a complete hermit who hated any sort of interaction with the world and

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A Letter To My Younger Self – By Anjelica

To Anjelica from ten years ago, There’s so much I wish I could tell my younger self, lessons learned the hard way, warnings of bad days to come but most importantly, I wish I could let you know everything turns out ok and you will be alright. In 2012 people kept saying the world would

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A Letter To My Younger Self – By Raevynna

If I could send a letter back in time, letting the words of gentle encouragement and enlightened compassion sift through the sands of days gone, this is what I would say to you, my younger self:  You are going to fail. You are going to fail more times than you can possibly imagine. Those failures

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Career Spotlight: Emer Kelly – Life As A 22 Year-Old Councillor

Here at Shona, we are all about representing girls, women and non-binary people from all backgrounds, but we especially love when we get to meet someone who is stepping outside of what we consider “the norm”. So today we would like to introduce you to Councillor Emer Kelly. Emer is 22 years old and has

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A Letter To My Younger Self – By Aoife H

Dear Aoife, I am writing this letter to you, aged 23, preparing to graduate from college with a Bachelor of Business and ready to explore the world. While I know you struggled in your teenage years with extreme anxiety and depression, I am so proud to be able to tell you that you have taken

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A Letter To My Younger Self – By Destiny

Dear younger dee, I’m twenty years old now, but I still hold on to my ten-year-old self in many ways, because she was the one who taught me how to be kind, outspoken, independent, and brave. Who I am now, is because of who I was when I was younger. All of the good and

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How Does It Feel to be Non-Binary?

A gorgeous human reached out to us a while ago and shared this really powerful piece with us. We thought, with it being pride month, it would be the perfect time to share it. We’d just like to thank them for sharing their story with our Shona Community x Sometimes it’s like being invisible. Watching

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A Letter To My Younger Self – By Daisy

Daisy, I am writing this to you as a 20-year-old woman, you are no longer just a girl in a school uniform being given out to for having badges plastered over your jumpers, you are in your 20’s now. And this is somehow even scarier than entering the halls of secondary school and finding yourself

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Are You What You Wear? – By Katie

Clothes. We use clothes to express ourselves. There is also reason to believe that what we wear and, whether or not we feel comfortable in what we wear contributes to our overall mood, expression, and mental health. Scientists call this phenomenon ‘enclothed cognition’. On average, it takes someone about 7 seconds to form an impression

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A Letter To My Younger Self – By Emma

Dear Emma, I’m writing this aged 18, preparing to sit the Leaving Cert, and completely unsure of what will happen next – and I want you to know that’s okay! Since 12 or 13, you’ve struggled with your mental health. Since then you’ve worked with 2 different counsellors, spoken *honestly* to your doctor (which was

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Aoife and Katie Chat All Things Pride

For Pride Month, I spoke to my twin sister, Katie, about her experiences as a lesbian in Ireland (the conversation has been edited a bit for length). We spoke about being gay in a suburban setting, LGBT youth groups, and Pride. Read our conversation below: Do you want to tell the Shona readers a little

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A Letter To My Younger Self – By Joy

When you are just becoming a teenager you think you know everything and understand people but now that I’m twenty-two and I look back, I just think about how I didn’t know anything. I remember it as a time without big responsibility but everything counted back then. I was still only learning how people work

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Career Spotlight: My Life As A Lorry Driver- By Chloe

Here at Shona, we are all about representing girls, women, and non-binary people from all backgrounds, but we especially love when we get to meet someone who is stepping outside of what is often considered “the norm”. So today we would like to introduce you to Chloe! Chloe is a 25-year-old woman who drives Class

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A Letter To My Younger Self – By Tara

Dear Tara, If I am being honest, writing you this letter has been quite difficult for me. It’s hard for me to think back on the things that I know you are going through. In some ways, I wish I could travel back and tell you everything you need to know to get through this

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The Many Shades of Sexuality and Gender

We’re generally not into labels because everyone is different and unique. We shouldn’t need to find a box that we fit neatly inside so that everyone knows and understands us. As a society we’re changing rapidly, trying to find new ways to respect and protect each other. And that’s a good thing. When it comes

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