Tag : mental health

Welfare at Leeds: don’t bottle it up

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It’s time to talk about mental health. From a very young age we’re taught that if you fall and graze your knee you clean it and put on a plaster, that if you’ve got the flu you stay in bed and drink fluids, if you break your leg you go … Read More

The Best and Worst Depictions of Mental illness in Films

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Monday 10th October marked national mental health awareness day. Mental illness affects 1 in 4 people every year so it is important for this to be represented within the media. Unfortunately, Hollywood often perpetuates the myth that those suffering from mental illness are to be feared, which increases the already … Read More

“Black lives matter on their own –and that doesn’t mean that white lives don’t matter.’’

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On Monday 10th October, the event ‘A Discussion on Black Mental Health’ was held in the LUU as a part of Black History Month. The Gryphon speaks to Melissa Owusu, education officer at LUU and organizer of the event, in order to gain a greater understanding about mental health issues … Read More

"Counselling? Oh that’s not for me"

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When I first got put on to Citalopram (an antidepressant) in summer 2014, I was advised to also seek counselling, but I never did. I feared admitting that I had a problem I needed to get past, and going to the doctors in the first place was hard enough – … Read More

Why weight gain needs more respect

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Weight gain is still such a sensitive, vulnerable aspect of our lives. It’s seen as a negative thing, a promotion of obesity, a reflection of an unhealthy lifestyle, a symbol of greed… And the list goes on. But weight fluctuation is in fact a normal process of human life. Factors … Read More

Mental Health Awareness Week 2016: Relationships and Mental Health

3 years ago / 0 comments

I was first diagnosed with depression at the age of nine, and the diagnoses of anxiety followed quickly after when I was 11. My early teenage years were difficult, to say the least. At the age of 12 I was self-harming nearly everyday, and I felt hopeless. I didn’t want … Read More

Silencing the Truth: Why Natasha Devon was Right to Speak out Against the Government

3 years ago / 0 comments

At the beginning of this month, campaigner and entrepreneur Natasha Devon was dropped as the Conservative government’s ‘mental health champion’ in the Department of Education having only been appointed to the role in August of last year. The role was created to raise awareness of mental health problems, particularly among … Read More

A Russian roulette: Depression or Anxiety?

3 years ago / 0 comments

In challenging the stigma associated with mental illness, I’ve vowed to be as open and honest about my very real battle with it. I should not be ashamed, although it does make me want to crawl into a corner and hibernate sometimes that my brain’s wired a bit funny. The … Read More

Fry’s Crusade for Free Speech Falls Flat Over Sexual Abuse Comments

3 years ago / 0 comments

Stephen Fry, sometimes referred to as one of the UK’s ‘national treasures’, has always been one for speaking his mind, even if this entails offending people. As a champion of free speech, it is at the very least admirable that he is a man who puts this principle into practice. … Read More

The Depression Diaries: An apology to my body

3 years ago / 0 comments

Dear Body, I’m sorry that I still don’t love you. I’m sorry that sometimes I can’t bear to look at you. As summer approaches, and everyone shows more skin, it makes me wonder what everyone else thinks of you. I’m worried they’ll laugh and point, or snigger at the roundness … Read More