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Naturally Orla

Poet – Treehugger – Activist – Writes Stories About Witches

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Mental Health

Moving My Own Goal Posts

Tis the season for good intentions, for setting goals and challenging yourself to be better. But I've been known to give quite a lot of side-eye to the whole idea of New Years Resolutions because I think that for the... Continue Reading →

The Wonders of Over-Sharing

"You should really be more careful what you put online?" "Aren't you worried people will find out you're bi/mentally ill/really angry about bogs more often than is socially acceptable?" Honestly maybe. Is there a culture of over-sharing on social media?... Continue Reading →

What is the future of “women’s sports”?

For generations professional and amateur sorts alike have been a battleground of women athletes struggling for recognition. More than being excluded from sports played by men they often face discriminatory rules when they set up their own leagues. Generations of... Continue Reading →

What do you want to do?

People ask me "what do you want to do?" and my outside freezes while my insides start screaming "I don't know." I don't know. But I want to know. As a little girl I had a lot things I wanted... Continue Reading →

Mental Health Services in Ireland

I have made my feeling on the state of mental health services in Ireland known in asides many times. But this Mental Health Day highlighted the disconnect between what the Irish government and its various agencies claims, and what they... Continue Reading →

Marxism and Mental Health

“The mode of production of material life conditions the general process of social, political and intellectual life. It is not the consciousness of men that determines their existence, but their social existence that determines their consciousness.” (Marx 1859) In what... Continue Reading →

Fresh Starts in the January Blues

Fresh starts can be a birth; messy, painful and confusing but without them life would not get anywhere. And aren’t we just obsessed with fresh starts this time of year? I used to be a bit of a New Years’... Continue Reading →

The Benefits and Damages of Hibernation

Blinkingly, I stick my head outside my cave. The sunlight seems foreign to me now. It stings but in a strangely comforting way, like antiseptic on a grazed knee. Words are not so easy when all the communication I've done... Continue Reading →

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