Hey folks, It was an absolute pleasure to be asked to write for RADAR NI. The work that they do is nothing short of incredible. My name is Anita Dennison and I am a 20 year old Queen’s University student. I have an award winning campaign that helps and advises young people and their parents 24/7 on all things bullying and mental health related, but sadly things haven’t always been this positive for me.
In case you hadn’t noticed, from the fact that every shop is now stocking pumpkin EVERYTHING, Halloween is coming. We’re big into Halloween. It’s a good excuse to watch a scary film or two, eat copious amounts of sweet things and dress up like the living-dead and other pleasant characters doused in the appropriate amount of blood and gore. We’re thinking Eleven from Stranger Things could be on the cards for most overdone costume this year, that and Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad; mark our words! Whatever your age, plans or alter-ego of choice we urge you to take care of yourself this season.
We’ve been bigging up the Halloween vibes on our social media this past week or so because who doesn’t love an excuse to dress up weird and eat sweets you didn’t pay for? Unfortunately, in Northern Ireland, Halloween has proven to get the best of us at times. Last Halloween alone, six young people under the age of five were among the 15 people injured by fireworks as reported by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety. Only two of the injured were over the age of 18. The majority of injuries happened at family or private parties and four were caused by sparklers.