VIDEO: Sean Cooney on how cycling helps his mental health All Posts / Blog / Featured

OUR own Sean Cooney tells how how keeping fit has helped him appreciate and improve his own mental health. Sean is representing us at MENS Project, an Erasmus + funded European initiative promoting the benefits an active lifestyle can have on your mental health, as part of the “Life is Like a Bike” campaign…   You can read Sean’s cycling blogs in the build-up to the...

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FiveOnFriday with The No Normal host Richie O Connell Blog / Featured

“I want to show that mentally ill people are just like everyone else; they have personalities, passions, brains, a sense of humour, …their illness doesn’t define them and is nothing to be ashamed of… – The No Normal host Richie O Connell The No Normal is a new Cork-based web chat show, and host Richie O Connell interviews people about their mental health and how...

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PIC: Grayce Leonard Blog / Featured

EARLIER this year Mayo singer-songwriter Maria Kelly released her AA side EP ‘Dark Places/ ‘Small Talk’ in which she explores topics of mental health, depression and social anxiety. The raw qualities of Maria’s voice speak volumes to her listeners and fans and through her honest depiction of her own struggles within this release, she is truly resonating with others. GRAYCE LEONARD spoke to Maria for...

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‘Bikefulness’ – when cycling becomes meditation Blog / Featured

“Cycling up hills can be hard but cycling offers its own antidote.” FIRST Fortnight’s Sean Cooney is gearing up for the Cycle Against Suicide on April 28 as part of the Mental Health European Network of Sports (MENS) project, an initiative to promote awareness of the  health-enhancing properties of physical activity. Here in Pt 2 of his blog, Sean details his progress, or occasional lack...

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Night of the Hunter – surreal comedy queen Ruth Hunter Blog / Featured

“I tried to do normal life but I thought my skin was gonna melt off my skeleton…“ RUTH Hunter is a comedian and contributor to the Headstuff site, where she Hunter-gathers (geddit?) fellow comics for friendly online chats. She hosts a regular stand-up night in the Workman’s Club (third Sundays of the month), co-hosted by Conor O’Toole, who joins Ruth on the bill for the Comedy...

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ON HIS BIKE: Sean Cooney sets off on a big cycle challenge All Posts / Blog / Featured

 “Life is like a bike. To keep your balance, you have to keep moving.” – Albert Einstein   FIRST Fortnight’s Sean Cooney is taking part in this year’s Cycle Against Suicide and our organisation is proud to be part of the Mental Health European Network of Sports – MENS – project, a Europe-wide initiative to promote awareness of the importance of health-enhancing physical activity. With...

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First Fortnight are currently looking to fill the position of Full-Time Marketing and Events Intern in Dublin city. Please see job description for further details: Marketing and Events Internship Please apply with the following and send to by Wed 9 May: A one page cover letter A CV Please submit a rough event and marketing plan for a tech and mental health panel talk event...

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Q&A with comic Eve Darcy, MC of AFOG mental health variety show Blog / Featured

Q. Tell us about the idea behind the AFOG show…it has a life as a podcast as well as a live variety show? AFOG Show is a variety show compromising music, comedy, spoken word and poetry, with a mental health and existential theme throughout. AFOG stands for ‘Another F*ing Opportunity for Growth’ – and the ‘F word’ can be any ‘F word’; so it could be:...

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The #FiveOnFriday Spotify Playlist Blog

OVER the last while our #FiveonFriday questionnaire has asked a series of artists and mental health advocates, including the band Mongoose, filmmaker Nick Kelly and comic Alison Spittle, to select songs they tend to turn to if they aren’t feeling on top form, their top three or so ‘comfort tracks’ – the ones they find soothing or uplifting in some way or the ones that never...

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Some lovely pics from our press photo launch with huge thanks to broadcasters Nikki Hayes and Eoghan McDermott, Egg Is A Lonely Hunter actor and writer Hannah Mamalis, Therapy Sessions curators Delorentos (along with our co-founder Dave Keegan) who came together to promote #FFfest18 and challenge mental health stigma in 2018.    

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