With her elfin frame, pixie haircut and dazzling smile, Frankie Bridge may look like she hasn't a care in the world. But a lifetime of mental health issues - ranging from chronic anxiety and an eating disorder to a breakdown at age 23 - has prompted the former Saturdays singer and Strictly star to write a memoir, Open, in which she discusses her experiences in the hope that others will take solace and find it helpful.
It should have been the start of a new and exciting chapter in her life. Devoted mum Wendy Walker had waved goodbye to her beloved sons Matthew and Alexander as they left for university. She had celebrated her milestone 50th birthday with a dream Mediterranean cruise along with her husband Nigel and was working towards a promotion through the job she adored as an officer with the PSNI.
Recently, unable to drift off one night, my mind darting with thoughts, I decided to try something different. After a few slow breaths, I began rhythmically tapping the top of my head, then above my eyebrows, and below my eyes - all the while repeating aloud: "Even though it takes me a while to fall asleep when my mind is active, I love and accept myself and will let myself rest."
The 75-year-old musician and former broadcaster was born in east Belfast and now lives on the Ards Peninsula. He is married to Hilary and has two children, Jason and Natalie, and three grandchildren, Sophie, Jessie and Ethan. George is currently touring nostalgic musical Rock 'n' Roll Years and Dance Hall Days and is celebrating the 50th anniversary of iconic showband Clubsound
Two Co Down students have become the stars of a new series of videos - which have gone viral - aimed at making it okay to have diabetes. Best friends Ellen Watson (19) and Beth McDaniel (20), from Banbridge, are smashing the stigma of Type 1 diabetes - a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high and for which daily injections of insulin are needed - thanks to their hugely popular TikTok videos.
Sharon Hastings' story is one of endurance - and the positive power of healing along the way. The 37-year-old from Newtownards lives with her husband Robert in Newcastle, Co Down. She has spent at least two years of her life in total in hospital.
As she prepares to head off on a world tour to mark a phenomenal 50 years in the business, Clannad star Moya Brennan is getting reflective. The iconic singer - one of the biggest names to come out of Irish music in the 20th century - has experienced all the highs and lows of the rock 'n' roll years first hand.
Everyone either knows someone who suffers from migraine, or struggles with migraine themselves. Most people don't realise how serious and incapacitating migraine can be. But with the help of studies we can learn more about this neurological disease.
Chloe Fisher (20) is from Kilkeel, Co Down, and is studying speech and language therapy at Ulster University. Her mum and dad are Brenda and John. She has a brother Johnny (16) and a sister, Natalie (21). She says:
The question, as Marian Keyes went to work on her new book, was: had she used up all her tragedies? She wondered it herself and it was a reasonable query. Beneath the breeziness of her signature wit and perhaps obscured by her fondness for a happy ending, sadness has always been a key component of Marian's magic, an indigo shadow behind all the sparkly jokes.
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