An Anxiety Appraisal

I often see people who I would never have suspected of struggling with mental health issues posting very eloquent explanations about their mental health struggles. I have always admired the courage that must take. I am not one of those people. I just have a chip on my shoulder about a certain issue, so what…

Students Waiting Up To 6 Weeks for Counselling Services

On October 10th thousands of Irish people took to social media to post inspirational stories, quotes, and valuable contact details in celebration of World Mental Health Day. In the demanding grind of college students, in particular, are facing increased challenges with regards to their mental health. Depression, anxiety, substance misuse and suicidal behaviour are all…

Sonic Brainwave

What would life be without music? According to Friedrich Nietzsche, the German philosopher, poet and cultural critic, life without music would be a mistake. This may seem a rather radical statement on the role that music plays in our lives, but it is entirely true; the importance of music in our world cannot be overstated….

Common Disorders and How to Find Them

When you’re mentally ill, people seem to think that you should know something is wrong, but that’s the nature of the beast; you might know something isn’t right, but that doesn’t mean you know what’s wrong either. It’s tough when your mind hates you; bad friends you can drop, you can leave your abusive ex-boy/girlfriend…

Dos and Don’ts : Helping a Friend Experiencing Mental Health Difficulties

Don’t ever label mental health difficulties as a personal flaw. If someone is in clear distress, crying hysterically and yelling, it is not because they are an ‘attention-seeker’ or a ‘drama queen’. When I suffered from depression, I described it as being trapped in an invisible tank: it was a place where it’s horribly cold…