Patricia Erdmann sits in a living room that is a shrine to her dead son Lee. Pictures of the 37-year-old on holiday, at weddings and with his five children are everywhere. She has an engraved marble memorial to him by her bed. Patricia admits to crying herself to sleep some nights. Lee was drinking in The Wellington pub on Regent Road in Salford, Greater Manchester, in the early hours of Saturday 10 September 2011. He had been laughing and joking with a man at the bar and got up to go to the toilet. The same man shot him in the back when it was turned.
Some three quarters of adult mental health problems are present before the age of 18. Today, at the start of children's mental health week, we have a real opportunity to raise awareness of this growing issue and apply pressure on the government to take meaningful action to tackle it.
This week, the junior doctors are going on strike. Again. Most of the people reading this won't know why. All these professionals, who claim to be committed to caring for some of the most vulnerable in our society, why would they refuse to turn up to work? The government has done its best to confuse the issue.
You pay thousands of dollars per person just to get on these small rubber boats from Turkey to Greece in hopes of not drowning. You become illegal. You are a crime. You hide in trucks filled with people dead and alive, all fighting for one thing: freedom. The issue becomes even more personal for me when I know that my mother and I have walked the same path as these children have.
British people are the most likely to say their press is right wing out of seven European countries - and the most likely to say the press is too negative about immigration...
Guys, let's all just chill for a sec, okay? Twitter is, contrary to #RIPTwitter, still alive. Yes it's obviously floundering - the new algorithm confirms that - but let's not consign it to the ranks of Friends Reunited or Bebo (dead and sort of dead) just yet.
Kids get it. They get it totally. This week we asked them what they thought about Save The Children's call to let 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees in Europe, into Britain. We had the quickest ever response to a poll Overnight, 2,275 children registered their vote with 93% of them agreeing with Save The Children.
The murder of a Geraldine, Shannon and Shane are not 'domestic incidents'. Burning dinner is a 'domestic incident'. Making the choice to kill your ex-partner and children are criminal acts predicated on a patriarchal culture of male entitlement and male ownership of the bodies of women and children.
Stay strong and have your voice heard, don't be afraid to ask for help, it's not a sign of weakness, it's actually a sign of true strength, knowing you're willing to do whatever it takes to survive, because we all need a little help sometimes! Life is never going be easy but if you stick at it and give it your all, I swear it'll be totally worth it!
We are equal to men in this industry, and if that isn't what feminism is supposed to be about then I give up. It's sad that a movement that is supposed to embrace women and strive for equality has turned into women slut-shaming and abusing other women for not fitting their very precise mould.
I knew that becoming a mum would change my life. Having small people dependent on you kind of does that. What I didn't realise was that having kids would make me DISGUSTING. I thought I had standards. I was wrong. I don't.
How many people do you know who starve themselves with the aim of lowering their body fat, losing weight or 'toning' up? You may have even tried it yourself. You probably found it worked at first, but soon tailed off. What did you do? Probably what most people do in that situation; lower the amount of food you eat again.
On the issue of comedians and travel: the answer, for most comedians is the car share. Mirth Control, one of the online comedy bookers, actively looks for comedians who can drive others from London before deciding who gigs where. That's not entirely feasible from Dartmoor.
It is a couple of weeks since my Take Me Out episode aired and I am still asking myself why I did it... We all know that first dates are usually quite nerve-wracking - now imagine being filmed by a camera crew with a microphone recording every embarrassing word that comes out of your mouth. Did it feel natural? No.
Our record on bringing perpetrators to justice is woeful - even though we know FGM goes on all the time either here or in the girls' mother countries - both of which are illegal. A prosecution was brought - but the defendant was acquitted and so we are still awaiting our first successful prosecution...
Two weeks ago I sent the Prime Minister an open letter about the disgraceful retrospective hike in student loans. Those who started university since 2012 currently repay 9% of everything earned above £21,000 - this threshold was supposed to rise annually from 2017, but the Government has now frozen it.
I've been lucky enough to attend some major sports events during a long career - the Olympics included - but there's something very special about the Six Nations. It's the spectacle, the history and tradition, sold out stadiums across fabulous capital cities. Yes rugby fans love it, but so too my mum. Such is the appeal of this grand old tournament over 24million people tuned in last year on (BBC) TV in the UK with nine million alone watching the thrilling climax.
Beware of big numbers. Thursday's London donor conference on Syria made all the right noises - they always do - but if past experience is anything to go by, the right noises rarely translate into ready cash.
When I chose to study at LSE I anticipated vibrant debate and a rainbow of political ideologies, all coming together to discuss our different beliefs (in a respectful way of course). But sadly this is not the case, oh no, any chance of alternative, perhaps controversial opinions are nipped well and truly in the bud, before any spark of discussion can rear its head; anything outside of the status quo seems to come with a trigger warning and offence is taken left, right and centre.
For a lot of people involvement in theatre, music and art can educate. It can battle isolation, loneliness and, as dramatic as it sounds, I believe that the love of art can be a reason to get up in the morning and live! Through the dark periods of my life, art in many different guises has been a glittering light in the darkness.
Last week, a news story about my vegan family caused a bit of a stir and I was even invited onto Australian breakfast television to talk about it. The public had mixed opinions on vegan parenting. With four years of vegan child-rearing experience firmly under my belt, I wanted to share with you a few of the things I think you should know...
Cauliflower is the ugly-duckling-turned-swan of the food world. This is indisputable. You may be thinking, "Whoa, hang on a sec. Isn't kale still king? Aren't we still talking about kale?... Hey, should I be making cauliflower crisps now?"