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Dublin: -1 °C Monday 27 April, 2015

Minding your Mental Health: advice and tips for teens and their parents

Teenagers are exposed to and experience a range of challenges which can have significant and adverse effects on their mental wellbeing.

One Pennsylvania shop charges women less than men for goods – here’s why Opinion This post contains images

One Pennsylvania shop charges women less than men for goods – here’s why

Our idea was simple: each item would have two price tags, one for men and one for women. And the women’s price would always be 76% less.

Office space and the open-plan era: what really works?

But in a world made up of introverts, extroverts and, indeed, ambiverts how are companies accommodating for all?

How the language we choose can help combat violence against women

Language matters – none of us are perfect human beings and we all fall prey to our unconscious prejudices that we absorb from our environment.

Fancy growing your own food? Check out these tips (and an irresistible recipe)

It’s time to put food-growing back at the centre of Irish communities.

To stop drownings, Europe should ferry across migrants itself

I am a believer in tight border security, but I cannot turn a blind eye wanton waste of life in the Mediterranean.

The 6 types of people you’ll meet at your school reunion ( …which one are you?)

As I prepare for the surreal experience of my 20 year school reunion, I can’t help but wonder what surprises will meet me…

The Tipperary anthropologist nicknamed ‘grandmother’ by Indigenous Australians

Today considered quite a controversial figure in anthropology, Daisy May Bates dedicated her life’s work to observing the native people of Australia.

Armenia remembers its genocide, but struggles to keep up with the Kardashians

The Kardashians have helped to make today’s commemorations newsworthy – but, after the circus, Armenia will continue to suffer from miserable poverty.

If the Catholic church doesn’t urgently signal a change in attitude, I fear for its future

Representative of the church must meaningfully alter responses toward women, LGBT people, and those in second relationships, writes Fr Tony Flannery.

More fascinating than fiction: The women codebreakers of WWII

A closer look at the women cryptographers who were instrumental in the Allied war effort against the Nazis.

I’m a cynic by nature but I was surprised by how mindfulness helped me

Mindfulness is not about feeling better, it’s about being better at feeling. Without a doubt it has helped me to take charge of my emotions.

I feed my children when they’re hungry. Parents in direct provision don’t have that choice.

Parents in direct provision have so few ways in which they can model healthy, productive adulthood for their children.

We need to stop the glorification of busy

Nowadays it’s almost as if it has become a competition as to who can be the busiest – but being overworked is not a virtue.

Our bodies are amazing, why don’t we give them the love they deserve?

Like so many women and men, I wasted time hating my shape and trying to change it. Then I realised what an incredible, beautiful machine my body is.

We have qualified psychologists eager to work – so why are waiting lists so long?

Why are counselling psychologists deemed ineligible to work in certain areas of mental health treatment when they have been trained to do so?

If Irish politicians are incompetent, can we really plead ignorance?

In a country where few TDs would dare miss a funeral, do we really have a closer connection with our representatives… or do we just make them work harder at fooling us?

How do you get over your first love when it was your first job?

I didn’t realise how much of my identity was wrapped up in my job. I loved it. Then a workplace accident forced me to redirect my life.

My experience as a mother is why I’m fighting for a Yes vote

I have two children. For one of them a simple model of a happy life is currently unobtainable. Being gay, my son is denied a right his older sister takes for granted.

Beautiful Beetroot: delicious, nutritious and (most importantly) easy to grow

Beetroot, why do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

My internship with Hillary taught me about what she’s really like

Fine Gael councillor Noel Rock spent a year interning with Clinton in the months leading up to the last time she ran for president. Here’s what happened…

The Yes campaign excludes those with reservations about same sex marriage

The fact is that some voters have reservations about gay couples adopting children, therefore genuine engagement on this issue is needed.

I hope the next generation will know no such thing as ‘gay marriage’ – but just ‘marriage’

I want to live my life openly and freely and not to let me sexuality define me. I am not straight, I am not gay – I am a man.

Urban Greening: The simple step we can take to beautifully transform our lives

If you live in a city and spend your time working indoors then you need to get more plants into your life.

Column: Irish politicians are campaigning in the Dark Ages

While politics in Ireland are still centred around the parish pump, in the US and UK social media has transformed how politicos engage with the public, writes Paul Allen.

Bored of your job? Don’t jump ship before figuring out why

When people get fed up of the same thing over and over again, a knee-jerk reaction is to look elsewhere. But that could be a mistake.

What is the point of the upcoming referendum? (No, not the one you’re thinking of)

On 22 May we’ll be asked to vote on same sex marriage… and also about lowering the age of eligibility for presidential candidates. Why is the latter is a priority?

One in five Irish children go to school or bed hungry. This has to stop.

Because of the recession, many families are still struggling to put food on the table.

‘Public health’ initiatives by the drinks industry do not work and should not be allowed

Commercial interests have no place in public health, writes addiction counsellor Rolande Anderson.

Am I alone in Mummy Martyr stakes? (Why are parents so bad at looking after themselves?)

Whether it’s standards, expectations, or good old-fashioned Irish Catholic guilt, most parents are guilty of putting their kids’ needs ahead of their own.

Does Sydney have the solution to Dublin’s public drug-taking problem?

Sometimes difficult problems require courageous action.

‘I had the family I had always dreamed of, but I was plagued with self-loathing’

Postnatal depression affected me so badly I couldn’t leave the house, but I reached out for help – and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.

Beautiful weather? Get out and spend some time in the vegetable patch

This week’s tips for Grow It Yourself-ers: onions, shallots and sowing peas.

‘Taking an unpaid position is a choice, but it’s certainly not an easy one’

I’m about to embark on an unpaid internship in the hopes that it will give me an edge in a competitive industry – but saying goodbye to a weekly paycheque isn’t easy.

What it’s like to have schizophrenia: an anonymous story

I’ve been dealing with schizophrenia for as long as I can remember, but was never correctly medicated for it until seven months ago.

A plea to my generation: as property prices rise again, proceed with caution

It is now that millennials’ supposed thirst for life experiences over amassing assets is going to be tested.

‘I met the woman of my dreams but then backed off… why?’

I had viewed myself as a hopeless romantic – more than ready for a serious relationship – but the truth was more complex.

Pay thy neighbour’s mortgage? No thanks

If county councils pay the difference between what people owe on their mortgages and what they can afford to pay the taxpayer foots the bill, writes Aaron McKenna.

Ireland must join CERN – for our economy and our future

With CERN membership, Ireland’s brightest minds would be able to work on some of the most advanced projects in the world.

‘Having anorexia is harder than you can possibly imagine. I lived through hell.’

Pippa Newcomb writes about how an eating disorder took over her life from the age of 14.

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