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Teens in trouble: ‘Girls are struggling with the pressure to have a perfect life’

As the founder of The Shona Project, Tammy Darcy has talked to thousands of young women about the problems they face today. Here, she explains why she started the organisation, and offers some advice for parents of teens

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Tammy Darcy from Dunmore East, Co Waterford, pictured with her daughter, Freya. Picture: Patrick Browne

Tammy Darcy from Dunmore East, Co Waterford, pictured with her daughter, Freya. Picture: Patrick Browne

Make sure your teen feels heard and understood

Make sure your teen feels heard and understood

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Tammy Darcy from Dunmore East, Co Waterford, pictured with her daughter, Freya. Picture: Patrick Browne

It’s hard to define when exactly The Shona Project became a whole and defined idea in my mind, although there are some key moments that stand out.

Like the Friday night in November 2016 when I started a website from my kitchen table. Or the time I first delivered a workshop to a group of 20 students in a school in Kilkenny. Or the day I walked out of my beloved office job for the last time, to pursue my work with Shona full-time.


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