The Blade Behind It All
Well, my name is Niamh, I hail from County Tyrone and I am the blade behind Parful Stuff.
I often get asked, "Here, how did this all come about?" or "What made ye start this?" and basically, to cut a long story short, I love to create things and I wanted to help normalise our general chat about mental health. Bung them two things together and the beginnings of Parful Stuff began.
I genuinely believe that each and every one of us have our struggles; we all go through ups and downs and life can just smack you square in the jaw when you're least expecting it. Do we all talk about our struggles though? Naw, we don't. Many of us put our head down, struggle on through and not let on, in the hope it'll all work itself out. But there is no shame in admitting you are struggling. There is no shame in asking for help. There is no shame in not having a baldy notion what you're at or what you're doing.
Now, I am not a doctor, medical professional or licensed therapist of any kind. I am simply a thirty something year old, trying to navigate her way through life, just like yourself. I have my struggles; I suffer from grief, I often feel completely lost and like I am the only one around me that hasn't got it all worked out yet. But that's simply just not true and the older I have got the more I have come to realise that a lot of us think this way but we just don't talk about it. If we did, there wouldn't be as big a problem as there is today surrounding mental health.
I have no idea what is in store for Parful Stuff but I am absolutely delighted with how it has grown in such a short space of time and with the people it has helped so far. Long may it continue. Thank-you 💚