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alittlegail asks

alittlegail asks

By Abigail McDonnell
My name is Abigail and welcome to my podcast 'Alittlegail Asks'! This podcast is all about starting the conversation about mental health! In the following episodes I’ll be talking with some pretty amazing people about their mental health journey and how we should be approaching the issues surrounding mental health. I'll also be talking about my own mental health journey from week to week! I want to get people talking about their mental health and to let them know it’s okay to have these kind of conversations! Hopefully this podcast will help in some way!
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S2 E12: Tricky Transitions
Hello all! It has been a minute! I’ve decided with this podcast that I’m only gonna make an episode when the inspiration strikes, I think it’s a good way to not force my creativity and keeps things fresh! I am back in Dublin now and in this episode I talk about the anxiety and paranoia I’ve been experiencing through the reopening of the country and the return to normal. This is everyone’s first time with this type of situation so of course it’s perfectly okay to feel anxious! And I have to keep reminding myself that. Look after yourselves kids!x
June 14, 2020
S2 E11: Kindness Reminder
In this episode I talk a little bit about the current situation we’re in, as well as how important it is to be kind at this difficult time. Whether that be a small message to a friend you haven’t talked to in a while or just a nice comment underneath someone’s post! Small changes make big differences to someone’s day these days.
April 23, 2020
S2 E10: Isolation and me
In this episode I talk a bit about the current situation we are all finding ourselves in today, a pandemic. This can be an extremely scary and worrying time for all so in this episode I share some of my thoughts and tips on how to look after your mind during this trying time.
March 23, 2020
S2 E9: The Trouble with Twitter
TW: mention of suicide in this episode. This week I talk about how dangerous twitter and cancel culture can be. I believe you’re allowed to an opinion, but if it’s negatively aimed at an individual,keep it offline. Be kind.
February 17, 2020
S2 E8: Hello 2020 how are ya
In this episode I reflect a little back on the year past, all I’ve achieved but all the hard things as well. The end of 2019 has been really hard for my family and I but it’s so important for me to reflect and move on with some positivity taken from it. Happy new year to you all and I hope 2020 brings you all you deserve x x
January 10, 2020
S2 E7: Winter Blues
In this episode I update you all a bit about where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing recently. It’s been hard for me to stay on top of doing this podcast because of Winter. Winter is such a difficult time for me and here I talk a little bit about how it effects me and how I’m planning to over come it! Winter can be a hard time for a lot of people so make sure to check in on your friends and fam during the Christmas period xo
December 5, 2019
S2 E6: Alittlegail Asks Keelin Moncrieff
In this episode I talk to the amazing Keelin Moncrieff about Climate Anxiety. Climate anxiety is something that’s been bothering me and a lot of people for a long time now, and it’s important to acknowledge it and accept that we are trying out best! Keelin gives some of her advice and tips on how to improve on being eco conscious and how to deal with her own eco anxiety!
November 19, 2019
S2 E5: Surviving Secondary School
In this episode I talk a bit about my secondary school experience and some statistics I received from my Instagram. Secondary school is a hard time and you need to learn to look after yourself at a young age but we’re not all taught to do so. Take time for your mind and remember that school is not the end of the world
October 28, 2019
S2 E4: The Shona Project- Shine 2019
In this episode I update you all on what I’ve been doing this past week for mental health awareness week. From Zeminar to Walk in my Shoes radio, I’ve been so busy! This episode I focus on one of the events I attended the last week, Shine 2019, an event by The Shona Project in association with Beat 102103. Such an amazing event to attend and so uplifting for all the young girls in attendance. Such wonderful speakers involved such as Razan Ibraheem, Mags Murphy, Niamh Fitzpatrick and Sarah Doyle. Trish Archer was the host for the evening and she did such a wonderful job. Make sure to check out @shonadotie and their website!! Hope you enjoy, see you next week!!
October 13, 2019
S2 E3: Making time for my Mind
In this episode I talk about my arrival back at college and the importance of a good routine to make time for yourself. So many young people get burnt out and overwhelmed with the mix of college and maybe part time work that it’s so important to take the time out to look after yourself. Any suggestions or comments please let me know!x
September 29, 2019
S2 E2: Crazy about College
Hi all! In this weeks episode I touch back on the subject of college, seeing as a lot of people are starting or returning to college these past few weeks! College can be such a daunting time for so many people and it’s so normal to be nervous and overwhelmed about things such as friends, courses and studying! These are just little tips from my experience that might help you with your own college journey! Any suggestions or comments pls let me know! Enjoy xo
September 15, 2019
S2 E1: Guess who’s back?
Hello all! I’m back and ready for some season two fun! This episode is just a little update to where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing this summer! Also talking about how I’ve been doing mentally. It’s okay to have down days and it’s okay to ask for help, and that’s what I’m doing, no shame attached! Any suggestions or comments please let me know and I hope you enjoy!
September 8, 2019
Episode 18: Alittlegail Asks Clara..
TRIGGER WARNING - mention of eating disorders in this episode. In this episode I chat to the amazing Clara Hand. Clara has been though so much in her life and now she is turning her difficult experiences to advice and helping others through her Instagram and her work with different groups! Clara will be starting a new series on her instagram called “Clara talks” where she will share information about different mental health issues, backed up from her research from college and notable sources. Check Clara out on insta and I hope you enjoy this episode!
June 30, 2019
Episode 17: To drink or not to drink
In this episode I talk about my relationship with drink and how it affects my mental illness. In today’s world, especially in Ireland it’s hard to socialise without drinking, I discuss what changes I’d like to see in the future! As per usual these opinions and advice stem from my own personal experience, nothing professional. Enjoy!
June 23, 2019
Episode 16: Coping with Change
In this episode I talk a little bit about my transition from Erasmus to life back home and how it is affecting me. Change can be so hard for someone with anxiety and it’s taking me longer to get back to my feet than I’d imagined but I’ll get there eventually. Hope you enjoy and as per usual look after yourselves kidz xo
June 16, 2019
Episode 15: Battle of the Body
In this weeks episode I talk all things self esteem. How I think social media has warped our perception of beauty and how I’m trying to deal with not being the most confident in my body.
May 26, 2019
Episode 14: Social Media Strugglezz
This weeks episode is all about social media. Social media can be a scary place when you’re feeling down, it can also be a place that can lead you to that down place. It’s important to make your social media accounts a safe, positive place for you. All feedback and suggestions are so appreciated and as per usual look after yourselves kidzz xo
May 19, 2019
Episode 13: Down Days
This episode is just a little update of how I've been doing the past week. I want to normalize the conversation of mental health as much as possible, and by sharing my most vulnerable moments I think that will encourage others. Not much else to say except for look after yourselves kidz xo
May 12, 2019
Episode 12: Green Ribbon Month
In this episode I talk all things about the Green Ribbon campaign by See Change. This is my third year being a See Change ambassador and I’m so proud and honoured to be involved with such an amazing organisation! You can get your free green ribbon in AIB branches, Irish rail stations, Boots stores and Eir Stores! Check out for more information and as per usual look after yourselves kidz xo
May 5, 2019
Episode 11: That First Conversation
TW - *mention of suicide* In this episode I talk all about that difficult first conversation of telling someone that you're struggling. Telling someone you’re not feeling well is really hard and can be quite daunting to so many. I talk about my advice and opinions on how to talk to someone and some of the resources at there. As I say normally, I’m not a professional, these are my personal opinions and advice stemming from my own experiences. As per usual look after yourselves and all feedback is appreciated xo
April 21, 2019
Episode 10: Overthinking about overthinking
This week I asked you guys what you wanted to hear and overthinking was a big request! I discuss what my followers say they overthink about and how I usually stop myself from overthinking. As per usual I’m not a professional, these are my own experiences, my own personal opinions and advice! Look after yourselves kidz xo
April 14, 2019
Episode 9: Bad days, Self Care and Tears.
In this weeks episode I talk all about self care, how I deal with my bad days and the importance of a good cry. Look after yourselves kidz xxx
April 7, 2019
Episode 8: Paranoia, Here we go again!
In this episode I talk about my experience with paranoia and how I’ve dealt with it throughout the years. Paranoia is a part of mental illness that you don’t hear about often but it’s important to highlight it! We need to let people know that they are not alone in their experiences. As per usual look after yourselves kidz xo
March 23, 2019
Episode 7: Panicking about Panic Attacks
In this episode I talk all about panic attacks, what they mean for me and how I deal with them. Panic attacks are nothing to be ashamed of and all you have to do is learn how to cope with them. As per usual look after yourselves kids xx
March 9, 2019
Episode 6: Male Mental Health
*TRIGGER WARNING* In this episode I talk about the epidemic that is male mental health and the stigma that lies around it. There is mentions of suicide in this episode so please refrain from listening if that can be a trigger for you at this time. As per usual, look after yourselves kids xx
March 3, 2019
Episode 5: Tackling Mental Health in College
In this episode I discuss different aspects of college and how they can affect your mental health. I talk about how I have dealt with different issues in college and I am doing so far! Much love always and look after yourselves kids xo
February 24, 2019
Episode 4: Accepting Anxiety
In this episode I talk about how important it is for me to accept my anxiety in order for me to live my life. It’s the little things that can make a difference
February 17, 2019
S1 E3: A Siblings Perspective
Trigger Warning!! Mentions of suicide/self harm. In this episode I talk to my sister Hannah about her experience with living with me during my mental health issues. Moral of the story is that your mental health should be your number one priority, you can’t look after others until you look after yourself. Apologies for our use of profanity, we get a lil too passionate!! my insta @alittlegail and my sisters is @hannahmcdonnell. My mams group on Facebook is called “Doing the best we can”, targeted for parents with children who suffer from mental health issues. Thanks for listening, Abigail x
February 10, 2019
S1 E2: My Journey so Far
In this episode I talk a little bit about my mental health journey so far, what I think about the system and how I’m doing now! Hope you enjoy, all feedback is appreciated! Abigail X
February 3, 2019
S1 E1: Starting the conversation
Introduction to my new podcast “alittlegail asks”. Let me know who’d you like to hear on the following episodes! P.S I realise I said “ a problem shared is a problem solved” I meant “halved” sorry!! Though in some ways, once you share a problem it can lead to the solution! See you next week, Abigail X
January 21, 2019