Being OK

By Anonymous It’s the question that always seems rhetorical, the one that doesn’t really tend to have an answer according to society, Ireland and the world’s elephant in the room – yes, it is 2018 and we for some reason feel scepticism to talk about our mental health. The very stigma and socially accepted norm is one which I hope burns to the ground in … Continue reading Being OK

“Schizo”

Schizophrenia remains one of the most stigmatised and misunderstood mental illnesses, writes Anna Mac Schizophrenia is a word that is thrown around a lot. Not many people know or understand what it actually is. I first encountered schizophrenia symptoms at the age of 17, when I was at a party with my then-boyfriend. I started crying and freaking out, because I didn’t recognise who he … Continue reading “Schizo”

Seasonal Affective Disorder – When The Autumn Blues Become Something More

By Jacqueline Murphy Given the state of Irish weather during 95% of the year, it’s not hard to believe that the constant chill looming in the air and the almost non-existent sunlight levels are having a negative impact on our daily mood and overall attitude towards life. But what if I told you there was more to it than simply suffering from a case of the … Continue reading Seasonal Affective Disorder – When The Autumn Blues Become Something More

Irish Mental Health; Moving in the Right Direction?

DEPUTY CURRENT AFFAIRS EDITOR FIONA HUGHES DISCUSSES IRISH MENTAL HEALTH IN 2017 CONSIDERING THE IMPACT OF LAST YEAR’S CONTROVERSIES “Ireland has the fourth highest rate of suicide among teens in the EU, with only Lithuania, Estonia and Finland experiencing higher rates.” In 2016, light was shed on the Irish Government’s attitude towards mental health. Ireland has the fourth highest rate of suicide among teens in … Continue reading Irish Mental Health; Moving in the Right Direction?

Living with Schizophrenia

Anonymous Student Schizophrenia is a term that has a lot of stigma around it. The modern Latin word descends from the compilation of the Greek words ‘skhizein’, which means split, and ‘phren’, which translates as mind. The diagnosis itself means different things for different people. Often it can result in a multiple personality disorder; other times it can consequence in mania and psychosis. For me, … Continue reading Living with Schizophrenia

Editorial: May 2015

Words: Ellen Desmond Traditionally, a student editor in UCC will use their last editorial to call for better facilities for their suffering successors. The student media in this University, for those of you who don’t know, work with absolutely nothing. I myself have a desk: an empty one, with no phone and no computer. I’ve had no training or instruction whatsoever in journalism or editing; … Continue reading Editorial: May 2015