Category: Social Issues

Warning: this post contains reference and descriptions of suicide 13 Reasons Why – A Netflix original series that has brought bullying, rape and suicide into the limelight and got people talking. It hasn’t all been good talk; mental health professionals have uttered their concerns over the messages that the show may...

I‘m Laura, and I have major depression and generalised anxiety. For the past few years, my illness has defined both myself and my educational experience, to the point of having to repeat my final year of university. Below I talk about attempting to balance my mental illness with my education, how I fought (and lost)...

I told him. I didn’t say the word, abortion, but I told him. In that moment it felt like, by just telling him, he would understand. To me, when I hear that word, there is a myriad of locked-in memories, emotions, gut reactions, tensions in my body. My breath catches; I feel and hear my heart beating. For the first...

So we’ve turned the corner post-Brexit and found ourselves faced with another major voting period. This time it’s another general election, out of the blue. After 2015 and 2016, the thought of yet another election makes me feel sick. Not only about the possible results, but the thought of going through another period...

How did you start your day? Maybe you slept your full eight hours, maybe not. Did you have some breakfast? Did you wake up with someone next to you in your bed? Did you have to rush your cup of tea? Was your shower warm enough? And did you get to work on time? Did you say hello to all your colleagues whilst you put on...

Period poverty is something we’ve long been aware of in the developing world, but recently many of us have had our eyes open to horrifying issues being faced right here on our doorstep. The charity Freedom4Girls, who normally send supplies to Kenya, has for the first time provided towels and tampons to a local Leeds...

To those who voted out, Today, we are grieving. When I say “we”, I mean all the EU citizens and potential future workers of the UK, I mean all the students who will never have the chance to experience Erasmus in England, I mean all the people already there and who had a happy life in a country they considered home...

Katie Perry’s ‘I kissed a girl’ is perhaps one of the most memorable songs from the last couple of decades. Its easy pop beat contrasted with the great taboo that still was even back in the noughties – girls kissing girls. The anthem status was already sealed. It was easy to dance to but more importantly, something to...

Iused to think all women shortlists were degrading, portraying women as a group that should be given places in parliament out of pity, not because of their ability. However, through being social secretary of Newcastle University Labour Society and having the opportunity to speak to women on all sides of the party,...

Since I was a child, I have wanted to be an archaeologist. In the beginning, I thought the word archaeologist made me seem mature, but it was really the practical application of an interest in history that drew me to the discipline. My parents encouraged this interest, and I acquired books about archaeology,...