How to be a Good Friend to Someone who’s Struggling

We’ve been following RTE’s youth mental health initiative this week and are super impressed with all the amazing materials they have made (just follow #RTEBigPic for more). Loveliest of all is how positive the conversations have been about what is traditionally a dark and sad conversation. The messages are hopefull and honest, which is exactly

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The Instagram Account You Should Definitely be Following…

This week RTE have a really special campaign to promote youth mental health. On Sunday they unveiled a beautiful piece of Joe Caslin artwork on the side of the RTE building. We’ve heard frank chats across their radio programmes from Joanne McNally, Bressie and others, and there is lots more to come, including a chat

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Kelly’s Therapy Diary: Part 3

I had my 4th session with Pat today. He had well bad coffee breath, it was knockin’ me sick!  I was a bit tired an’ all cos mam had the telly up way too high watchin’ Game of Thrones so I couldn’t fall asleep proper. Daft bint! Anyway, I went in to Pat as usual,

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A chat with Zlata Filipovic: By Libby

In her first post for shona.ie, Libby had a chat with Zlata Filipovic, a hugely accomplished writer and filmmaker who lived through a horrendous war which forever changed her home country. Take it away Libby… “I think I’ve managed to retain this complete optimism and love of humanity and belief that people are good.” Ladies

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Calling All Future Rock Stars!

Calling all Rockers!! Our good friends at Girls Rock Dublin do great work to encourage girls to empower themselves through music. Each year they run an amazing summer camp, which allows the next Joan Jett or Alanis Morissette to learn from the best Ireland has to offer.  Girls Rock are basically our cooler, edgier friend who

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How to Upgrade Your Convo Game

Conversations…… uurgh. When it comes to actually talking to other humans in real life, most of us would rather stick needles in our eyeballs. But having decent chat game is a really important life skill for getting ahead in life. Being able to really engage with others is vital when it comes to getting jobs,

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Book Club: The Colour Purple

Last month our book club chose ‘The Color Purple’ by Alice Walker to be the first book that we read. We chose it because it seemed perfect to bring us together and discuss the storyline along with the fact that we were all kinda looking for something inspiring. It is also extremely talked about when

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Calling all Budding Entrepreneurs!!!

Hey, do you have a head for business or an idea for a product that you’d like to explore some day? Why not start now? Katie McGloin is a Shona ambassador with more accolades and awards than most of the adults we know. At 15, she started KT Clothing, a gender neutral clothing line for

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This Kid…. ❤️

Yesterday in the US, tens of thousands of young people marched to demand stricter gun control. The speeches were all eloquent, heartfelt and unyielding, but without a doubt the star of the day was nine year old Yolanda Renee King. Yolanda, who is the Grandaughter of Martin Luther King, took to the stage with Parkland

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Meet The World’s Best Teacher

Meet Andria Zafirakou, who is now officially the best teacher in the world. Andria, or Ms Zafirakou to me and you, beat 300,000 applicants from all over the world to win the World Teacher Prize, and €1 million in prize money. Andria is an arts teacher at Alperton Community School in a deprived area in London,

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Students in the US Walkout of School to Protest Against Gun Laws

Today marks one month since the horrendous shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and as a mark of remembrance and protest, thousands of students and teachers began walking out of the classrooms as part of the #Enough! National School Walkout. They protested for 17 minutes, and each minute represented one of the lives that

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Stuck for Words? Here are some Good Conversation Starters

Are you allergic to small talk? Do those awkward silences feel like they last for ten years and make you want to pull off your own ears? Does your brain start throwing random suggestions at you of things to say, each more ridiculous than the last? Part of becoming a social butterfly is knowing how

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How you Know its Time to Break up With your BFF 😞

So you’ve known her all your life. You’ve had so many sleepovers your parents haven’t seen you apart in years, cried together when One Direction broke up and watched every episode of Pretty Little Liars together. But lately you have grown apart and you really feel that your friendship is more hard work than it used

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Why Frances McDormand’s Oscar Speech Won the Entire Oscars

Frances McDormand’s Oscars acceptance speech just further proved how much of a legend she truly is. When the Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri actress took the stage to accept the award for best actress, she began her speech looking like she was so overwhelmed she was about to spout illegible nonsense, but oh lord did she pull

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How To Build A Girl: By Caitlin Moran

You can tell instantly when they step towards you… The posture, the sleeves over their hands, there is something in their eyes. These are the girls who are struggling right now Some of them are hard and tense with overeating Others are anorexic and feel like starving baby birds when you hug them, They’re like

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Kelly’s Diary: Innit!

I couldn’t wait for today to end! I was in the toilets and Saoirse Nolan came in with all her cronies throwing mashed potato over the top of the cubicle on top of my ‘ead. I only washed it last night an’ all. Then Pat was a bit late for the session and I was

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Meet Our New Book Club Leaders….

Its World Book Day! If you love to read, as we do, you will know how addictive a good book can be, how it can take you away from your problems and immerse you in lives, places and cultures far beyond your own. In 2017 a group of teenagers from Waterford organised “The Lit” the

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US Teen Raises 25K So 1000 Girls Can See ‘A Wrinkle In Time’

A 14 year old american legend called Taylor Richardson has raised, as of today, over $25,000 via GoFundMe so that 1,000 girls can go and see the movie A Wrinkle in Time. In an interview on Good Morning America, she said “I wanted all girls, especially girls of colour, to know they can be whatever they want

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