BE KIND: Here’s Why…

So I have this friend. She is kind, quirky, super smart and really really funny. We have never met in person. My friend doesn’t feel comfortable going out, and instead is her true self online, where people can’t see her, or judge her, or be cruel to her. My friend is a transexual, who struggles

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Amal Clooney On Courage

If you’re ever stuck for a little inspiration and a good pep talk, make a cup of tea and google “commencement speech”. At this time every year, American colleges invite the worlds most over achieving over-achievers to inspire those who are about to enter the big bad world, degree and CV in hand. In Vanderbilt

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Why rejection really sucks, and how to get over it…

If you’ve ever been rejected in any way, you know how much it sucks. The boy you like says “its not you its me”, they give the job to someone else, a friend turns their back on you, we’ve all been there. But why does it hurt so bad? According to Psychologists, rejection is felt

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Coco’s story: Bullying takes another life

In 18th January 2018, 21 year old Nicole ‘Coco’ Fox Fenlon took her own life after years of horrendous bullying. The bullying started when Nicole turned 18, with her bullies allegedly burning her with cigarettes, pulling her hair, pushing her, and spreading vicious rumours about her online. Now Coco’s mother, Jackie Fox, is leading a

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U2’s New Video Celebrates Dublin’s LGBT+ Youth

U2 are as much a part of Irish culture as St Patrick himself. They created anthems which saw us through our biggest challenges, the troubles in the North, equality, loss and so on. Over the past 42 years their songs have been anthems, and most of us grew up in homes with at least 3

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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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Shona Meets: Pearl Natasha

Zimbabwean-Irish singer Pearl Natasha has enjoyed critical acclaim in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Malawi. She has played  international stages including Live & Unsigned for Sea Sessions, Lake of STARS Festival & HIFA; radio and TV including Highland Radio, ZiFM Stereo, ZBC TV and Ocean FM Ireland; sharing her unique blend of Diasporan-Pop, featuring heavy African roots, lyrical ballads reminiscent of Irish

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A girls story: By Shaunagh

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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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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ICYMI: Guest Post: On Insecurities

This post was originally shared in 2016, just as Rachel was about to turn 18. As she looked back on her teenage years, she thought about the insecurities she struggled with and wrote this beautiful essay for us: I can still remember the moment it happened. The moment insecurities became a feature in my life.

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The Amazing Story of Maya Angelou: Streetcar Conductor.

Maya Angelou has had a profound effect on so many of us. Her poems, songs, books and speeches have lifted the hearts and minds of so many. Oprah herself considered Maya to be a mentor and called her “Mother”. Before Maya passed away in 2014 aged 86, she told Oprah the amazing story of how

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On Ugly Girls

Ugly girls are a bit like unicorns and the troll that lives under your bed in that they only exist in our minds. Do you only take pics on Snapchat because you are horrified at the thought of sharing an unfiltered selfie? Do you think all of your friends are way prettier than you? Are

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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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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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Recognising Eating Disorder Awareness Week: By Megan

Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2018 runs from the 26th of February to the 4th of March. This year’s theme is ‘Why Wait’, which aims to spread the importance of early intervention among Eating Disorders. Someone with an ED waits, on average, 3 years until they reach out for help, and this EDAW we want to

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