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Beth Saward

Student, University of East Anglia

Beth Saward is a student at the University of East Anglia studying English Literature and Creative Writing. She writes short fiction and poetry as well as spending far too much time analysing gender roles in graphic novels. She's passionate about gender issues as a whole and the perception of mental health.

Lessons From Robin Williams

Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, with it being characterised by sustained sadness and loss of interest in life... Robin Williams' death, as tragic as it is, will serve some good. It has forced the world to sit up and take notice of the fact that depression is not something that just happens to melancholy, lonely people who can easily be ignored.
14/08/2014 14:46 BST

We Need to Talk About Mental Health

At a time where the government are cutting funding for mental health care, how are people supposed to get the support that they desperately need? If the situation is already reached the point that GPs have to decide whether someone's plea for help is 'urgent' enough to warrant support, what will further cuts do?
27/01/2014 14:58 GMT

Why Are the Media Labelling Tom Daley as Gay?

Daley doesn't use any label in the video. The language he uses seems deliberately chosen to avoid any form of labelling of his sexuality. Either that or he feels that he hasn't settled on one yet. Regardless of his reasons, the media has mostly fallen over themselves to declare him a new gay icon.
04/12/2013 17:08 GMT

International Day of The Girl Child

Education is something that most of us in the UK take for granted. We go to nursery as toddlers, move through primary and secondary education before deciding whether college and university are for us. Most of us even grumble about it, complaining about homework, early mornings, the lack of free time. But if we didn't have this opportunity, our lives would be completely different.
08/10/2013 12:48 BST

The Woolwich Attacks Need to Bring Us Together

The response of David Cameron, Boris Johnson and community and faith leaders has seemingly shown that this has not worked. The message that they are giving, loud and clear, is that this is a betrayal of both Britain and Islam and we as a community should use it as an opportunity to unite.
24/05/2013 13:00 BST

Barbara Hewson Misunderstands Operation Yewtree's aims

Hewson seems to have missed a fundamental point of Operation Yewtree: it is fighting to give victims of abuse a voice after years of being too afraid to speak out. She is merely adding to this fear in her article.
10/05/2013 15:08 BST

Is Mike Jeffries the Real Problem?

Abercrombie and Fitch have been catapulted into the social media recently with Robin Lewis' revelations that the CEO of the company, Mike Jefferies, doesn't want larger people buying his products.
09/05/2013 13:43 BST

The Real Effect of the Benefit Cuts

The cuts aren't the only problem though. Delays in benefits can be disastrous for those receiving them and it occurs more often than it should. When you're operating on such a tight budget, any hiccup in receiving money has a knock-on effect. If your housing benefit, for example, arrives a week late and you're paying rent on a weekly basis, what do you do for that week? Do you prioritise food over rent?
03/05/2013 12:29 BST

The Elephant in the Room: The Stigma Around Mental Health

It is estimated that one in four people will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year with mixed anxiety and depression being the most common mental disorder in Britain. So why is it such a taboo subject?
26/04/2013 13:41 BST