“What was once my struggle, became my tool to help others”

  When I first began to struggle with mental health issues in secondary school, I was so scared that people would find out. So scared that I would be judged for this, as up until then, it had always been portrayed as something to be ashamed of, something that should be a secret. It was...
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Navigating post-Christmas diet culture

    Let’s rewind to Christmas. The most magical time of the year. The most magical time of the year, that is unless you struggle with an Eating Disorder. Christmas is demanding for everyone, but if like me you have anorexia (or any eating disorder), it becomes incredibly difficult to navigate.   To the normal...
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I’m not lazy, I’m not crazy, I’m not weird, Winter is just difficult for me.

See Change Ambassador, Abigail McDonnell, reminds us to be kind to ourselves this winter.                                               “This winter has hit me harder than any previous year.   Previous to this college year I had...
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Turmoil by Adrian Yeates

          My mind is in turmoil, There’s a weight on my chest. I lie in bed all day, but I get no rest. The things I used to do with relative ease, Now terrify me and make me freeze. When I close my eyes, I’ll never be free, Demons and devils...
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Dark Thought in Daylight by Lucie Kavanagh

Dark Thoughts in Daylight   “It is not seen as insane when a fighter, under an attack that will inevitable lead to his death, chooses to take his own life first. In fact, this act has been encouraged for centuries, and is accepted even now as an honorable reason to do the deed. How is...
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Inpatient by Jess McCaul

Diary   I spent two years fighting for inpatient treatment. Two years trying to get the specialized care I knew I needed because outpatient treatment just wasn’t working. It was like I was swimming against the current and was barely keeping afloat. Inpatient treatment was the life jacket I needed to save myself from drowning...
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A Few Words from Adrian Yeates on Self-Stigma

  What’s the point? A look at Self Stigma Last week Adrian wrote piece for us on prejudice, this week he is sharing some thoughts on self stigma. It is important to recognize that with stigma, self stigma is something that a person can also experience. “There’s a promotion opportunity in my company, but there’s...
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Growing conversations with Lucie Kavanagh

Ambassador Lucie Kavanagh took part in a series of workshops as part of our “Growing Conversations” campaign in sponsorship with Janssen and in partnership with Aware. Growing conversations was a collaborative project, presenting a show garden in Bloom focused on mental illness literacy. We are hoping when enjoying with the garden, people will get an...
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A few words from Adrian Yeates on prejudice

                Adrian joined us late last year as a See Change ambassador. After working in the industry for 30 years, he shares his own experience of the pressures of the workplace and the impact it can have on your mental health. He is also heavily involved in Taekwon...
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