Tralee Blogger Una Minh's Ballymaloe tales win fans

THE last few months have been very interesting and somewhat action packed for young Tralee woman Una Minh Kavanagh.

Una is an up and coming journalist and blogger and is gaining quite a reputation in Irish media circles for her informative, entertaining and often quirky work.

In recent week's she's been remarkably busy learning to become a chef, blogging about her experiences and also fronting part of a major new national campaign aimed at improving awareness of mental health issues.

Aside from her role in the #littlethings campaign (more on that later) Una has spent the last few weeks exploring a whole new career, that of a chef.

During the summer Una who had been living and working in Dublin decided she fancied a change of pace and possibly a slight career change and she signed up to take part in a three month certificate course at the world renowned Ballymaloe Cookery school in Cork.

Since her arrival at the school she has been learning the tricks of the cheffing trade from Darina Allen and a team of teachers that includes some of Ireland's finest chefs and food and wine experts.

Of course Una's first love is writing and she's been making the most of her experience at Ballymaloe writing a daily blog about her experience's with the Allen family.

That blog, which appears on Una's nicely titled 'Spill The Beans', founded in late June, food website has become a huge hit and since she started blogging from the Cork cookery school she has racked up a massive 30,000 hits on the page which is becoming a fast favourite with Irish food lovers.

Una's excellent food blog, which is well worth a read if you have even a passing interest in food and cookery, isn't the only thing keeping the Tralee woman busy.

Una has been living with anxiety and depression since 2009, a topic she regularly writes about on her blog, and she was invited to take part and record a segment for the Little Things mental health campaign launched by the HSE in recent weeks.

LittleThings aims to show us how small changes can make a big difference.

With twin aims of helping people to understand what they can do to help themselves and where they can go for additional help, it is a really positive campaign, that is fantastically presented.

Una stars in a short animated advert where she shares her experiences of anxiety and depression and encourages viewers to pay attention to the 'little things' that can help them get through tough times

Una said she was delighted and "really honoured" to be fronting part of the national campaign.

"It's ok not to be ok. Look after yourself and mind your mental health," she says.

Kerryman

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