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MENTAL HEALTH

Meet Nikki and Lisa, the mental health heroes cycling 2,150km non-stop...

Lisa Jacob, a former Irish International Hockey player with 139 caps, and Nikki Dorey a pilot with Aer Lingus and competitive triathlete, are the first all-female duo to cycle the gruelling ultra-distance of 2,150km non-stop Race Around Ireland

The darkness never came

The Wednesday before I left for Copenhagen I went out for a light jog to clear my head and also keep my legs ticking over. Throughout the week my calf muscles had been threatening to cramp at the slightest attempt of exercise

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Infant mental health: A critical window of opportunity for future wellbeing and mental health

“Mental health issues are the great epidemic of this generation” were the impassioned words of musician and mental health campaigner Niall Breslin (Bressie)

A Lust for Life Online CBT Course – WEEK 1

Clinical Psychologist Dr. Clare Kambamettu has very kindly developed an online CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) course exclusively for A Lust for Life readers

The darkness never came

The Wednesday before I left for Copenhagen I went out for a light jog to clear my head and also keep my legs ticking over. Throughout the week my calf muscles had been threatening to cramp at the slightest attempt of exercise

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Ironmind Triathlon 12 Week Training Program

Triathlons consist of a swim, cycle and run, consecutively and vary in distance depending on the particular Triathlon being undertaken.

Week1: Getting Started – A Lust For Life Training Plan 5K/10K

The Lust for Life Race offers a choice of 5K or 10K with the distance being dependent on personal choice or expectations. The training plan will appear week by week and you can start on whatever day suits you best

SOUL

Why random acts of kindness are important now more than ever

I’ve always thought that random acts of kindness are important. They may not be monumental or change the world but are significant in their own way

Compassion takes courage – Building the courage to do what’s hard

Whoever you are, whatever you do, whatever obstacles life brings you, whatever values or religion you go by, we all need courage at times to get us through

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10 Questions with Blindboy Boatclub from The Rubberbandits

Here Bressie interviews Blindboy Boatclub, one half of the Limerick hip-hop duo The Rubberbandits. A creative soulful force of nature he talks mental health and much more

How positive thinking changed my life

I was doing a job I hated, there were no opportunities to find another and I started hating myself. In one sentence, this is what my life looked like one year ago. One negative thought led to another. I was in the vicious cycle of depression

Ways to ‘Ground’ yourself to inner calmness

In times of life’s inevitable ups and downs we often experience overwhelm and/or major stress. Sometimes, when we seek help, supportive friends or complimentary therapists talk about ‘Grounding’ as a good way to calm down

THE BIGGER PICTURE

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My appeal to Ireland after devastation of losing my twin brother

Our drinking habits need to change. And fast. First of all let me start by telling you about myself. I am a regular 20 year old who has often gone out for days in a row, don’t remember getting home, the usual story with most young people in our generation

Anyone’s Brother

Over the past few months, a good friend of mine, Shane, made contact with me regarding an incredibly distressing position himself and his fiancé Cat, and her family found themselves in

PERSONAL STORIES

Self-destructive behaviour and distractions did not help my depression – Talking...

Four years into my depression I could write a book on self-destructive behaviour, for now I suppose I’ll settle for an article!

Why ADHD is my super power

Growing up on the Isle of Mull in Scotland was idyllic. The farm we lived on had over 6 miles of rugged coastline and more trees than you could ever build tree houses. As young boys we had no such things as TV

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‘See you in two minutes, Ma!’ A mother writes her story of losing her...

‘See you in two minutes, Ma!’ The words echoed in the hallway as the front door closed and re-opened in a burst followed by a trundling of long legs up the stairs and down again as quickly

When your high becomes your low: Life as a young footballer

I sat in the empty changing room. My kit was soaked through, boots and all. My body was aching like never before and there was a dull pain in my head

My story of healing from self harm

When I was 27 years old I was offered my dream job in London, which I accepted and went on to have the time of my life and make some friends that will be with me till we’re old and wrinkly

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WRITE FOR US OR SHARE YOUR STORY

We welcome a broad range of voices, opinions and truly useful information that can help others and help change our society for the better. We cannot publish everything we receive but if you would like to get in touch please email write@alustforlife.com with your clear article concept that would fit into any of the key areas on the website – Mental Health, Physical Health, Soul or The Bigger Picture. We will also need a sample of your writing.

If you would like to submit an article on your recovery journey (what worked for you) through a difficult time to help others in a similar situation, please email us. We are looking for real and powerful stories. These could also be anything from highlighting positive things that are happening in your community to sharing how you navigated your way through a difficult time in your life, with the hope of helping others in similar situations. We cannot publish every story we receive, we may ask for some edits, and it may take us some time to get back to you so your patience is appreciated.

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