27.2.15

Young People in Ireland: What's behind the stereotype?

As a  youth worker (currently a volunteer youth worker) it is important to ensure young people are given the chance to be heard. It is important that negative stereotypes associated with young people are challenged and that young people are given the chance to have their say regarding these stereotypes, what they think about the stereotypes if any that have been imposed on them and how they themselves challenge these stereotypes and their overall opinions regarding stereotypes.




Interview No. 5





What’s your name? 
Aine L
What age are you?
20
Where do you live/ where are you based?
Galway
What stereotypes has Irish society put on you as a young person today? 
The only stereotype I can really think of is nights where I don't drink. I don't usually drink and I feel that because of that people presume you're quite 'innocent' or harmless and that you're not really into fun wild things.
Looking beyond that stereotype who are you? (How would your friends, family, and yourself describe you?) 
My friends and family would describe me as extremely outgoing and bubbly- have often said that even when I do drink it's nearly pointless because my personality doesn't change- unlike most peoples.
What kind of things do you enjoy doing?
I love typical young person things ie hanging with friends, watching movies, listening to music - I really enjoy trying new things too.
How do you contribute to Irish society? (Any small thing, what do you hope to do in the future e.g. college courses which will allow you to contribute to Society). 
I've done lots of charity work in the past, the most recent thing being helping kids read and do their homework in a disadvantaged school, I hope to contribute by doing more things like that and to some day become a kids presenter.
What would you like to say about stereotypes imposed on young people in Ireland?
I think there are a lot of stereotypes surrounding young people and drink that give everyone a bad name.

20.2.15

Young People in Ireland: What's behind the stereotype?

As a  youth worker (currently a volunteer youth worker) it is important to ensure young people are given the chance to be heard. It is important that negative stereotypes associated with young people are challenged and that young people are given the chance to have their say regarding these stereotypes, what they think about the stereotypes if any that have been imposed on them and how they themselves challenge these stereotypes and their overall opinions regarding stereotypes.



Interview No. 4



What’s your name? 
Shaw H
What age are you?
20
Where do you live/ where are you based?
Summerhill, Co.Meath
What stereotypes has Irish society put on you as a young person today? 
Lazy, violent, intimidating, reckless, alcoholics.
Looking beyond that stereotype who are you? (How would your friends, family, and yourself describe you?) 
Kind, fun, sarcastic, loving, harmless.
What kind of things do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy spending time with my family friends and girlfriend, I love playing with my dogs and listening to music at night.
How do you contribute to Irish society? (Any small thing, what do you hope to do in the future e.g. college courses which will allow you to contribute to Society). 
I'm currently doing a degree in engineering which will allow me to create greener surroundings and easier living environments for society.
What would you like to say about stereotypes imposed on young people in Ireland?
Stereotypes will always exist, they're harsh but they haven't come from nowhere, people see young people on the news doing stupid and reckless things like crashing cars and killing their passengers, random acts of violence and drugs. People always see the worst in our generation, this is what the news will show, we are rarely shown in a brighter light, the news and social media will highlight our weaknesses, but rarely our strengths. So in my opinion we have to live with these stereotypes, but they don't define or mold us as people, we choose our own paths so why care how other people see you.

16.2.15

Admitting defeat or claiming victory?

This past week has been rough. I’m not going to lie it has been a week full of  stress, anger, fear, frustration sadness and buckets of tears. These feelings however have not come completely out of the blue exactly but something has triggered them, something which for a while I have shoved under the carpet and choose not to deal with. I had many reasons for choosing not to deal with this issues and despite knowing that its not good to hold it all inside I continued to keep it contained until it came back to mind. I chose to bury it and that is what I did for years and right now while I am writing this I am regretting my decision not to address that issue. While this  issue is not something I feel comfortable talking about on my blog at this early stage I will go so far as to say it is related to my feelings towards my own self-harming behaviour.

Despite realizing that theses feelings have come from somewhere I am not 100% certain that they have all come from that same place. Part of me sees the normal aspect of my low mood over the past week, part of me recognises that everybody has bad days and I too am having a few bad days. But having spent the past seven days struggling to get myself to college, struggling to get myself through an hour of coaching and an hour of scouts and struggling even to get myself out of the bed I am beginning to fear that these bad days are something more.

Am I being unreasonable?  Is my fear unjustified? I don’t think so, looking back over my history I believe I have every right to be fearful that this bad week may turn into something more. I fear that this bad week may go from one week to two and two weeks to three weeks and eventually I will be stuck, unable to recognise that there is a problem, unable to cope without self-harm and eventually unable to keep myself safe in my own environment.

Seven months ago I made a decision in conjunction with my GP to come of my anti-depressant medication and at the time it appeared to be a good decision and to finally not have to take medication was a huge achievement for me after spending 3 years on them. But the past few months haven't been easy not because of not being on medication but because of being in therapy, having further set backs with my jaw surgery, having a difficult time during my college placement and also with my self-harming becoming more frequent at times. Ive been thinking about going back on the medication as it helped when I was on it and when I was on it for most of the time I felt good and I felt in control and lately I haven't been feeling in control of my life especially this past week.

Waking up this morning I had planned to go and see my GP to discuss some things with him, discuss the possibility of going back on medication. This isn't a decision I have made lightly not by any stretch of the imagination. I have spoke to many people about this including my dad and considering my low mood over the past week they feel it may be for the best and so too did the doctor. Ive lost sleep over this, I don’t want to be on medication for the rest of my life(there is no guarantee that I will be) I don’t want to be dependant on medication to keep my mood up and I certainly don’t want the added pressure that comes with being on medication but looking back over the past I have realised that me going back on medication is not admitting defeat but claiming a victory. 3 years ago when I was at my lowest, self-harming multiple times a day, considering suicide and eventually spending four months in hospital I wasn’t able to see that I had a problem, I wasn’t able to recognise self harm as a bad thing and I wasn’t in a position to take control of my life but now, now I am, now I am able to recognise all those things, I am able to say that I think medication is a good thing and right now while I feel like things are spiralling out of control, I still have control and  I want to keep that control for as long as possible. If accepting I need to be on medication to keep my bad days to a minimum, to keep my mood up and to help ensure my self- harming does not reach dangerous levels once again I am going to accept it and claim a victory over Borderline Personality Disorder, depression and self-harm!



13.2.15

Young People in Ireland: What's behind the stereotype?

As a  youth worker (currently a volunteer youth worker) it is important to ensure young people are given the chance to be heard. It is important that negative stereotypes associated with young people are challenged and that young people are given the chance to have their say regarding these stereotypes, what they think about the stereotypes if any that have been imposed on them and how they themselves challenge these stereotypes and their overall opinions regarding stereotypes.


Interview No. 3

What’s your name? 
Ashling N
What age are you?
20
Where do you live/ where are you based?
Celbridge
What stereotypes has Irish society put on you as a young person today? 
There's is the stereotype that young adults are reckless especially with alcohol and making decisions which I'm sure many people have believed about me. 
Looking beyond that stereotype who are you? (How would your friends, family, and yourself describe you?) 
I would describe myself as a quirky unusual person but I'm sure people have used the words strange and troublesome to describe me. I like to dance on public streets even if people look at me funny. I'm pretty confident in the person that I am right now and I'm happy with the realisation that I'm still changing and developing as a person. I like to draw but I don't like people seeing the drawings.
What kind of things do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy swimming because it clears my mind and I feel exercised.
How do you contribute to Irish society? (Any small thing, what do you hope to do in the future e.g. college courses which will allow you to contribute to Society). 
I believe I have contributed greatly to society through the many volunteer organisations that I've participated in over the years( St. Vincent De Paul, North Star Swimming Club). I'm studying to be a social worker in college at the moment, which means I'm going to have a huge influence on society when I start to work. I can't wait and I hope I can make a difference even just to a few.
What would you like to say about stereotypes imposed on young people in Ireland?
I think stereotypes definitely exist in society, and sometimes while growing up young teens need stereotypes to feel like they "fit in" but I think most people grow out of these stereotypes and start on the search to find their true selves.


7.2.15

Photo of the day

A blast from the past, Ghost and Pac-man supporting the Green Ribbon Campaign in 2013 in St.Wolstans C.S

6.2.15

Young People in Ireland: What's behind the stereotype?

As a  youth worker (currently a volunteer youth worker) it is important to ensure young people are given the chance to be heard. It is important that negative stereotypes associated with young people are challenged and that young people are given the chance to have their say regarding these stereotypes, what they think about the stereotypes if any that have been imposed on them and how they themselves challenge these stereotypes and their overall opinions regarding stereotypes.

Over the next couple of weeks I will have a series of interviews up here which have been conducted with young people under the age of 25 in an attempt to give young people the  space to express their opinions and indeed challenge the negative perceptions and stereotypes that some adults have of young people.

Interview No. 2




What’s your name? 
Aoife B
What age are you? 
19
Where do you live/ where are you based?
Celbridge
What stereotypes has Irish society put on you as a young person today? 
The whole skinny girl thing... trying to maintain a slim figure isn't easy and making the 'bigger girls' self conscious.
Looking beyond that stereotype who are you? (How would your friends, family, and yourself describe you?) 
I'm quiet/shy initially and takes me a while to trust people but eventually when that barrier is broken I'm bubbly, out going and up for a laugh.
What kind of things do you enjoy doing?
Walking my dog, swimming, dates with my boyfriend.
How do you contribute to Irish society? (Any small thing, what do you hope to do in the future e.g. college courses which will allow you to contribute to Society). 
Volunteer life saving instructor.
What would you like to say about stereotypes imposed on young people in Ireland?
In the future I wish to be a personal trainer and help people lead a healthy lifestyle without the pressure of being too skinny or muscular as well a trying to fight child hood obesity.They are stupid and everyone should be their own person and not try to 'fit in' standing out makes you unique negative images put on some stereotypes (mental health/OCD) shouldn't be listened to because it comes from people who don't understand and want to learn about it.

31.1.15

Photo of the day. :)

My blonde hair has gone, I've got taller and put on a bit more weight, other than that I'm not sure sure Ive changed all that much since I was like 5/6 in this picture.

30.1.15

Young People in Ireland: What's behind the stereotype?

As a  youth worker (currently a volunteer youth worker) it is important to ensure young people are given the chance to be heard. It is important that negative stereotypes associated with young people are challenged and that young people are given the chance to have their say regarding these stereotypes, what they think about the stereotypes if any that have been imposed on them and how they themselves challenge these stereotypes and their overall opinions regarding stereotypes.

Over the next couple of weeks I will have a series of interviews up here which have been conducted with young people under the age of 25 in an attempt to give young people the  space to express their opinions and indeed challenge the negative perceptions and stereotypes that some adults have of young people.
         

Interview No. 1



What’s your name? 

Aisling L
What age are you? 
21
Where do you live/ where are you based?
Celbridge
What stereotypes has Irish society put on you as a young person today? 
I think at my stage in life stereotypes cease to exist or at least at the same capacity they once did. If I had to say a category I guess it'd be quirky/tomboy/computer geek.
Looking beyond that stereotype who are you? (How would your friends, family, and yourself describe you?) 
I am who I am and embrace it thus why I am categorised as such I'm the outgoing quirky caring smiley tomboyish girl who's mad into computers and technology and typically male dominated sports (karate) and I wouldn't change that for the world.
What kind of things do you enjoy doing?
Karate, lifesaving, guitar, puzzles eg Rubik's cube solving, anything to do with computers, DIY, working on my car, helping out others and volunteering.
How do you contribute to Irish society? (Any small thing, what do you hope to do in the future e.g. college courses which will allow you to contribute to Society). 
I helped set up the Celbridge youth cafe, I volunteer down in my local pool teaching lifesaving, I try my best to lend a helping hand wherever and whenever I can.
What would you like to say about stereotypes imposed on young people in Ireland?
I personally never really felt like I was put in a box at any point in time growing up as I felt I never actually fitted into one per say. I think if people just embrace who they are and run with it then the idea that they're confined to a stereotype is just that nothing more than an idea.

 

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