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  • It seemed impossible to change
    It seemed impossible to change

    My name is Anny Caroline Leite Souza da Silva. From a young age I suffered with depression, constant headaches and saw shadow figures. I felt hatred towards my father and wanted to kill him. I dressed differently to draw everyone’s attention and cut myself because of a deep sadness. In an attempt to fill my…

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  • A vistor at night
    A vistor at night

    A new documentary has been directed about the phenomenon that affects tens and thousands of Britons who experience “sleep paralysis”.* Victims recall being in a state between sleep and being fully awake. They see strange shadows and figures and even feel something pulling them from their beds, but their bodies are paralysed. One described her…

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  • “I wanted to go to prison because it sounded fun”
    “I wanted to go to prison because it sounded fun”

    My pathway to self-destruction had already been created when I was abused by a family member at 14-years-old. I kept the dirty little secret to myself and refused to tell anyone. A few years later when I finally mustered up the courage to do so, it was brushed aside.

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  • The Beginning of the End
    The Beginning of the End

    As a boy, my father would beat me for no reason. You have no idea how much pain this caused me. I began to hate him and I remember telling him that one day I would kill him. I meant it. One day, when I was much older, he tried to beat me and I…

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  • Under the influence
    Under the influence

    Imagine being labelled as the black sheep of your family. Despised simply because of your gender. Plagued with insecurities and questioning your existence because of the constant reminder of what you turned out not to be. Meet Shannon Alagh, a young woman whose plight forced her to leave her home at a tender age and…

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  • Facing my assassin
    Facing my assassin

    It can wreck the family home, consume one’s finances, destroy the body both inside and out and cause the mind to become a desert and wasted organ. Ricardo Perestrelo shares his story with Universal, telling a gripping tale of how he met, got sucked into the trap of and overcame the modern-day assassin: Drugs.

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  • The diary of a schizophrenic
    The diary of a schizophrenic

    They would bombard my mind constantly. I didn’t want to hear them, but they didn’t go away. Day in, day out they would loom over me and there seemed to be no way to escape them. When they started to become more frequent, I desperately needed to shut them up. I was later diagnosed with…

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