My 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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My experience with TTM (Hair Pulling)

Trichotillomania (TTM), otherwise known as Trich, is a disorder where people pull out their hair, one strand at a time, from their scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows or other parts of the body. It can be very traumatic for sufferers. Today, Shannon shared her own experience with us, teaching us more about the condition… I’m gonna talk

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Musician Susan O’Neill on writing to heal

Susan O’Neill (AKA SON) is a talented musician, originally from Ennis, now splitting her time between Waterford and Dublin. She performs with Propellor Palms and King Kong Company, but last year, went out on her own to launch her first Solo album “Found myself Lost”. This week, she had a catch up with our Anna,

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A minor epiphiny: By Megan

As someone who struggles with anxiety and depression, I’m not one to exercise regularly. Getting out of the house to jog, run or walk causes me stress I view as unnecessary, so I usually rule out exercise. However, when I don’t go out and move in some way, shape, or form, my anxiety seems to

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This beautiful girl took her own life due to bullies

This week, we heard of the devastating death of the beautiful Elle Trowbridge from County Tyrone. Elle took her own life a few days after her 16th birthday, because she could no longer cope with the online bullying she had been subjected to. Elle’s mother, Mandy told the Irish News, that Elle was first targeted

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How exercise heals my mind: By Ash

I love exercise. I genuinely do. Now don’t get me wrong it requires energy, motivation and willpower which I’ll be honest, I lack. But I still love exercise. Anytime I do some sort of exercise I feel great after it. All the studies show that it releases great endorphins and makes you feel good and

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Dear Shannon: A Letter to Myself

Dear Shannon, You’re 16 and I’m writing to you to you to give you a heads up.  There is a rough few years ahead. Being different is nothing to be ashamed of, but unfortunately you will learn this the hard way. Soon you will be mocked, taunted, pushed, and shoved.  A feeling of dread hangs

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20 Questions with Blythe Baird

Recently, Megan wrote and article introducing us all to Blythe Baird,  a 20 year old actress, author and poet who speaks a lot about the reality of life for young women. This girl is totally relatable and her words tell all of our stories. Here she is reciting her poem “Pocket Sized Feminism” which was ranked the #1

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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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