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I will do my best to describe the benefits of the EAGALA model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy as a therapeutic tool for supporting people to look at their mental health

When I asked my class of 31 ten year olds recently ‘Who has experienced stress in their lives?’ every single hand went up. We then shared stories of the different events or situations

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

About 15 months ago, I started playing with the idea of developing a television documentary that’s fundamental objective was to explore the intrinsic link between our bodies and our minds

I spent almost 50% of my time on this earth disguising, ignoring and waging war against my mind, which at times seemed hell bent on destroying every relationship, career and passion that I pursued

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Let me begin by saying how delighted I am to be part of this exciting and timely project, A Lust for Life

Niall Breslin interviews Irish race walker Rob Heffernan who has qualified for a fifth consecutive Olympic Games to take place in Rio next year

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Shane MacGowan, musician and singer, known for being the lead singer and songwriter of The Pogues. He has also recorded and performed with many other artists such as Nick Cave, Christy Moore, The Jesus and Mary Chain

We live in a world full of doing, always rushing around trying to get everything we need to get done in a day, working hard, doing errands, making sure everything is alright with our family, our friends, the world

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‘The unexamined life is not worth living’. Socrates. Ever ask yourself “What am I doing with my life?”

Niall Breslin interviews Irish race walker Rob Heffernan who has qualified for a fifth consecutive Olympic Games to take place in Rio next year

I wasn't quite sure how to start this. I sit here in my office thinking back to where this journey began. I'm thinking to myself, “How much should I share? Should I really tell the world my inner most thoughts?”

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Something has changed in Ireland over the last few years. For so long we honoured our global stereotypes as people full of character and good time charm, too afraid to admit a weakness or court failure, which inadvertently led to a damaging internalisation of repressed emotions

Writing that allows us look at our own behaviours with a greater sense of comprehension. The following is such a piece

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Standing on the edge of a bridge wondering where your life is heading, all you can see are the negatives. You talk to yourself, you put yourself down, a few seconds of pain will end a few years of complete and utter destruction of your mind

Trigger Warning. If you have been affected by sexual violence please phone the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre National 24-Hour Helpline 1800 77 8888 or contact Rape Crises Network Ireland

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I was just like any typical 21 year old when I had my first panic attack. I was in the process of moving from Waterford to Dublin. The Friday night when panic first pounced, I was in a pub just off O’Connell Street

Anxiety for me has always been a game of give and take. In the early part of my adolescence it took from me, as I suffered daily panic attacks and hid in my bedroom for close to a year, only coming out to go to school

A powerful story by one of our readers. Thank you for sharing your story and tips Daniel

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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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