Tag : Awareness

Endometriosis: the invisible illness

5 months ago / 0 comments

No crutches, no cast, no physical scars; endometriosis has no visible appearance. The illness can often haunt a woman’s life without anyone being able to see the pain that she is suffering from. Glimpses of normality, such as being able to walk unassisted, leave endometriosis sufferers on the cusp of … Read More

Autopilot culture: being mindful and pressing pause

6 months ago / 0 comments

Our every day lives seem to just fly by. We wake up, have breakfast, commute, go to work, school or university, we have lunch, come home, eat dinner, and we go to sleep. We seem to live our lives on auto-pilot and never take time to stop and relax. We … Read More

EDAW: Visions of eating disorders in film and writing

7 months ago / 0 comments

Every time that Eating Disorders Awareness Week comes around, I am amazed to find that is has been another year without the control of Anorexia/Bulimia. Perfectionism – and feeling like you will never reach the standards that you set for yourself – is a common underlying cause of eating disorders … Read More

Basis’ battle against child sexual exploitation

7 months ago / 0 comments

It is undeniable that attitudes to child sexual exploitation need to be changed. Up until 2015, the term ‘child prostitute’ was used to describe a young person under the age of 18 “selling sex”, language which clearly criminalises the child. Victims of the Rotherham paedophile gang were first identified in … Read More

Dinner talk and eating disorders: make your loved ones feel more comfortable this Christmas

9 months ago / 0 comments

Charlie talks eating disorders at Christmas, and how to be mindful of those around you who may be suffering.  The first thing to point out is that eating disorders – despite the title – are not solely about food. You can never tell if somebody has an eating disorder just … Read More

Mental health: emphasis on invisible

11 months ago / 0 comments

Throughout my teenage years, I have met people with varying forms of mental illness, at varying stages and degrees. There isn’t one definable factor that connects them, and there is no checklist that applies. They are all just people who have suffered, often in a very private way. I have … Read More

#GoYellow for Shine

11 months ago / 0 comments

October has become a popular month of fundraising for charities across the UK. Recognised campaigns currently running are Stoptober, Go Sober for October and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so it is certainly a time to loosen your purse strings in the name of a good cause. However, there are charities … Read More

Disordered Eating Habits: Why the High School Curriculum Isn’t Helping

1 year ago / 0 comments

High school is an influential social environment – a place where children are in constant comparison and competition with each other. It is also promoted as a safe space, but what if the two claims are unable to co-exist? The content of the curriculum in subjects such as dance, physical … Read More

It’s time we talk about disability

2 years ago / 0 comments

What I thought would be a regular Wednesday afternoon turned into one of the most educational and eye-opening days I’ve had in a long time. Sitting at a table with the Disability Action Society at Balcony, I’m not even looking down at the extensive list of questions I had prepared: … Read More

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: National Hate Crime Awareness Week in the UK

2 years ago / 0 comments

This week is National Hate Crime Awareness Week across the UK, a time to recognise this prominent societal issue and spark discussion about how it can be combated. Hate crime in the UK has become an increasingly prevalent issue this year in the wake of Brexit. Figures from the National … Read More