Category: Social Issues

According to the Guardian, ‘mental illness is estimated to cost the UK economy as much as £100bn a year in terms of healthcare, lost jobs, unemployment benefits, homelessness support, police time and prisoner places.’ A shocking statistic, perhaps – but how much is depression, anxiety or other mental health problems...

After the Finsbury Park attack, the right-wing media and far-right personalities were attacked by the left. The Daily Mail, The Sun, Katie Hopkins… They all came under fire for their repetitive anti-Muslim rhetoric. It’s easy for us to blame these media sources for the radicalisation of white men. These newspapers are...

Warning: this post contains discussion of anxiety and depression, abuse, suicide, and self harm University is an extremely tough time for a lot of people. Whether you suffer from mental health issues or not, you’re almost guaranteed to suffer from various symptoms of common mental health problems. Whether its sleep...

  I’m sure if you’re reading this, I don’t need to tell you that being mentally ill, or having a mental health issue is expensive. And not just expensive, it’s expensive. Even in England, a country in which there are a number of ways to get free or (relatively) low-cost help for mental health issues, that are more...

When I first began teaching at an alternative provider, it was August. It was post-16 year olds, totalling at 14 kids being split in to two groups. In that group, two had autism. Three had ADHD. Many had come from SEN specialty schools, and this change in environment was challenging for them. The small group was good...

Earlier this week, The Supreme Court ruled against the appeal challenging the government’s refusal to provide women from Northern Ireland with abortion treatment through the NHS for free. The court was divided 3-2 against the appeal, claiming that they sympathised with Northern Irish women but that there is a need to...

The first step of overcoming an eating disorder is when you decide you want to recover from it, and I have been told time and time again that is the hardest step. It’s what we’re told when recovering from anything: addiction, grief, mental health issues… Accepting the issue is the most difficult thing you have to do....

“The big problem today, of course, is how to stop our kids voting,” Ron Liddle wrote in his column for The Sun on Wednesday. “You just know they’ll do the wrong thing. Wander down to the polling booth with their scatty heads full of unicorn tears and marshmallows.” By Friday morning, though, it was clear that 18-25 year...

It’s an election that has left more confusion than in 2010, but it also took the country by surprise. The media largely denounced Corbyn and May seemed confident of victory. The lack of consideration for a hung parliament has led to back room deals in minutes with little detail and no transparency. So how did everyone...

At 11am on the 18th of April, Theresa May called the General Election, and I can honestly say I felt nothing. I felt so empty because politically, I was spent. I know I’m not alone in saying that after a year that brought us Donald Trump, confusing Brexit negotiations, unexpected losses in Labour ‘safe seats’ and the...