Sexual Assault, Suicide and Systems Failure: 13 Reasons Why is Not What it Seems

This was not the post I set out to write about this show. This was not the post I had imagined myself writing early on in the episodes, back when I thought 13 Reasons Why was a clever indictment of the flippancy with which young people say and do things. I thought it was a commentary on how, yeah, this stuff happens to people all the time – people get bullied. . People get hurt. – but that you’ve no way of knowing what will push a kid over the edge. You have no way of knowing how many buttons you’re pushing. I thought they were pulling no punches, asking the audience to decide for themselves how morally corrupt the entire setup was.

Review Series: My Friends are all Strange

I recently discovered the absolute wonder of Netgalley and was over the moon that something like this site existed. For those unfamiliar with it, Netgalley is a place where bloggers and book reviewers can request galleys of soon-to-be-published books directly from publishers. I, of course, made the ultimate rookie mistake and requested all of the books I could get my hands on, and still have about 10 on my dashboard waiting for me as I didn’t expect to actually be approved for any of them….

CSI: Morally Depraved (The CSI Effect)

The CSI Effect and how it impacts the way we view murderers in the media…

Troll in the dungeon! Thought you ought to…. rate their responses out of 10.

  An article on TheJournal.ie, written by the wonderful Patrick Kelleher, surfaced on Sunday where my struggle with Borderline Personality Disorder was available for the world to take stock of. He asked to interview me about it following this interview on the mental health budget cuts, and I agreed happily. In the past few months I… Continue reading Troll in the dungeon! Thought you ought to…. rate their responses out of 10.

Metapost of posts that appear in other places (so meta)

Headstuff.org: Mental Illness: Body Dysmorphic Disorder Mental Health Reform plea ‘Pretty girls don’t eat’ Eating Disorder Misconceptions Watch your language! – using mental illness terminology correctly A letter to former Minister for Health Leo Varadkar Borderline Personality Disorder Self-diagnosis no-nos Feminism and consent: Consent is sexy Adam Johnson and our culture of victim blaming Free… Continue reading Metapost of posts that appear in other places (so meta)

Nothing Tastes as Good

** There are some spoilers, but I’ve tried to keep it as spoiler-free as possible while still discussing the book as richly as possible.**   Nothing tastes as good as a book that is nothing short of a carefully crafted masterpiece. Claire Hennessy’s Nothing Tastes as Good is everything YA needs in terms of explaining eating… Continue reading Nothing Tastes as Good

‘Your psychiatrist is away till next week. Can you wait a week?’

I was curled in a ball on the stairs. I hadn’t stopped crying for days. Even speaking was difficult because the words weren’t conveying the physical pain I was in at the time. Thinking about it now makes me well up. The emptiness. The anguish. The desire to make it all stop.