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The selfies pandemic on social media. Is it here to stay?

Selfies haven’t reached a peak since it is not just a trend – for centuries wealthy families commissioned artists to create self portraits. There are currently over 264,045,444 posts with the hashtag selfie only on Instagram and this is growing. Capturing a self-portrait is part of the DNA of this generation which loves documenting and sharing their lives.

Selfies had impacted social media in a way to empower youth to express in a visual way their moods, their experiences and connect with friends. Selfies have been monetised by companies engaging with people who create user generated content with and people turning themselves into brands by producing creative selfies and getting brands appearing on their profiles as advertising.

Some of the biggest international social media influencers now charge €60,000 per post and even higher if you are Kardashian!

Read more about the selfies from @vickinotaro, Irish Independent.

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Aware’s #BeatTheBlues campaign brings colour to the darkness of depression

Some projects give us so much pride and happiness for contributing in some way to something bigger, like changing lives. That is the case of the latest Aware campaign which features their ambassador Dublin GAA star Bernard Brogan :)

Each year Aware currently delivers its Beat the Blues programme free to over 30,000 Irish students aged 15-18. With almost 75% of all serious mental health difficulties first emerging between the ages of 15 and 25, Aware believes it is vital to get in early and educate young people about how to recognise symptoms of depression and where possible prevent it from spiralling out of control.

Our campaign video features street art and the theme is bringing colour to the darkness and underlining the common issue of surviving which connects us all. This two-minute video – a collaboration with graffiti artist, HyerografX – is intended to highlight something that is fundamental to each and every one of us: our mental health. The video also highlights Aware’s work in schools, helping teenagers to understand the importance of looking after their own mental health and helping them to build resilience and develop coping skills :)

Be part of the change. Please join the #BeatTheBlues conversation, share our video or text BeattheBlues to 50300 to donate €4 to Aware.

Angela Halpin, Angelahalpin.com

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