Updated- Links to some of my work

So I have recently updated a page with links to some of my work. I’ve written thousands of articles over the years but have never really had one place to read a lot of it. I’ve posted links to some of it below. I’m always adding to it, and have lots more to add. So watch this space

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Publications I have written for

I have written thousands of articles for different publications. I obviously can’t list them all here but I’ve included some links to a small sample of them below.

  • In 2008 I won an Investing on Health Media Award for an article I wrote about a young man in my community called Richard Alcorn who suffered horrific injuries in a car crash. Richard does amazing work on road safety and has won awards for his work. Life’s never over you can always start again
  • I was also shortlisted for New Feature Writer of the year in the National Council for the Training of Journalists ( NCTJ) for the article on Richard but also another one I wrote on Ian Howley, a suicide survivor who was campaigning for improved mental health services for young people. ( I don’t have a link to that article but I’m trying to find one so watch this space.)
  • Aswell as editing SpunOut.ie from 2012-2017, I wrote for them on a regular basis as a volunteer from 2004. From 2004-2017 I wrote thousands of articles.
  • I also published the book-  SpunOut.ie Survival Guide to Life.  It’s currently out of print and 10,000 copies have been distributed around Ireland. You can access a free pdf or kindle version here.
  • I have had articles published in The Irish News ( I did my college placement there and worked on the news desk where I published articles daily), The Irish Times, The Irish Independent, Donegal News, The Donegal Democrat, Tirconaill Tribune, Donegal Daily, The Journal.ie, Broadsheet.ie, A Lust for Life, and I have edited and written thousands of articles for award winning website spunout.ie

Continue reading “Updated- Links to some of my work”

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What’s your Dream?

A couple of months ago while browsing online I had the pleasure to come across a website belonging to a young man called Sacha from Australia. At the tender age of 18, Sacha  has already published his very own book called Teens Big Dreams. Sacha is one of those young people out there who are doing amazing things in their community, but we rarely ever hear about these young people. Instead the media is filled with negative reports of young people doing things like binge drinking and taking drugs etc
I have been in contact with Sacha over the past few weeks and we have been comparing life for young people in Ireland and Australia. It turns out that the same challenges are facing young people all over the world. However, what Sacha has reminded me is that you cannot wait for opportunities to come your way. You must instead go out and look for them. Sacha has kindly written a post for Unwind Your Mind, and hopefully we will hear more great things from him in the future. I’ll leave it to Sacha to introduce himself…

 

 

My name is Sacha and I live in Sydney, Australia. Just before my 18th Birthday, I started writing a book that would help empower young people with the motivation and life skills to find their passions and follow their dreams. In the two years that followed, I gave the initial manuscript to 15 people to read, adjusted the book with their feedback, and went through a total of 11 major edits. And then in 2010, I designed the book, created a publishing company, and went on to publish my book – Teens Big Dreams.
Recounting this process in a few sentences makes even me believe that the journey was that simple. But the truth is, it wasn’t. It was probably one of the most challenging and demanding initiatives that I ever pursued, but also one of the most rewarding. I have an inherent belief that as much as we face some serious global problems that need urgent attention, we live in one of the most opportune times ever. No matter how small or big our dream is, we as people, have the collective resources to achieve it.
So what can we do to achieve our dream? I think that in many ways we can funnel everything back to two things. The first is to accept that we will not play the victim of our life circumstances and the second is to take action. By taking the first step, we will let go of all that has happened (and that may be happening), giving us the peace and ability to realise that it is we who control how we react to the happenings of the world. Yes, there are many things that happen contrary to what we may want or desire, but ultimately it is up to us, as individuals to decide whether we let circumstances or other people detract us from our higher goal and dream. Once we have taken this first vital step, the second step of action will give us the momentum to make our dreams come true.
Of course there are many other parts to  following one’s dream. Using the Chopping Board, hard work, persistence and dedication all come to mind. But these will all naturally come once we start taking action on our passions and dreams.
Teens Big Dreams was my dream. What is yours? Find It. Believe in It. Follow It.
For more Info about Sacha and his work check out www.sachas.com, and www.facebook.com/teensbigdreams

 

 

Dear Body…

I want to share with you a post from an absolutely amazing website called ‘To Write Love on Her Arms’.

To Write Love on Her arms (TWLOHA)  is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. Music plays a huge part in raising awareness about TWLOHA and vital money is raised through concerts.

The below post was written by a user of TWLOHA to mark Eating Disorder Awareness week. It does refer to self-harm and eating disorders- so if you feel this may be triggering to you at this time, perhaps you should wait until you feel safer to read it.

( If you do self-harm and are thinking about telling someone, follow this link to  our youtube page to watch a video on visiting your G.P about self-harm)

Dear Body,

I’ve always let some imperfection or another stand in the way of me seeing what you truly are, that you are beautiful. You are a divine creation housing the most valuable thing known to the universe, my soul. I’m beginning to realize that a person’s soul has the capacity to radiate light that transcends all the characteristics that I have been conditioned to believe are flaws. Continue reading “Dear Body…”

It’s not just you! Well-known people suffer too

Everyone suffers from depression at some stage- even those who look like they have it all! Some people find it reassuring to see that someone they admire has gone through a similar experience to them- so when you feel like you’re the only person who has ever felt so crap- remember some of the famous names below.

Famous statesmen

Winston Churchill was famously plagued by his “black dog” and was recently voted the top British prime minister of the 20th century. Other famous politicians believed to have been affected include Abraham Lincoln and Oliver Cromwell.

Creative geniuses

Vincent van Gogh was famously troubled as well as superbly gifted. So were Ludwig van Beethoven and Isaac Newton.

Authors

How much might their depression have contributed to the characterisation and art of writers like Edgar Allen Poe, Evelyn Waugh, Sylvia Plath and Ernest Hemingway?

Irish author Marian Keyes has been in the news recently following reports of her ‘deep depression’ which has left her unable to write or even do the simplest of things. You can read her blog www.mariankeyes.com where she documents her battle with depression

Comedians

A clown is a sad person who makes us laugh. Tony Hancock, Spike Milligan and John Cleese are famous “clowns”. Spike Milligan wrote a bout his struggle with bipolar affective disorder (“manic depression”) and John Cleese co-authored an accessible, useful book with family therapist Robin Skynner, called Families and how to survive them.

Irish comedian Des Bishop has also spoke of a battle with depression, as has Stephen Fry who has a well-documented battle with Bi-polar disorder.

Modern celebrities

Despite having glamorous lifestyles and being feted the world over, celebrities such as Natalie Imbruglia, Elle Macpherson, Brooke Shields and Sheryl Crow have all experienced depression. Britney Spear has had a well documented battle with Bipolar-disorder, and Amy Winehouse is infamous for her drug addiction, self-harm and eating disorder.

It’s time to unwind your mind!

Here is a video I have put together using pictures and artwork from two great websites www.thresca.com and www.avinashblog.com. Copyright for these pictures do not rely with me- I am simply highlighting a great artist’s website and would recommend you to check it out- and support someone who is doing a great job!