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Cal Strode

Health Inequalities Blogger and Senior Media Officer at the UK's Mental Health Foundation

Cal is a Health Inequalities Blogger and currently Senior Media Officer at the UK's Mental Health Foundation. Cal's research exploring identity, activism and internalized homophobia won a European award and Cal was invited to present findings at a European Congress in Brussels. Before joining the Foundation, Cal worked with the National AIDS Trust and a range of advocacy organisations in California developing campaigns.

Trump Anxiety? Time To Unplug From The 24-hour News Cycle

We found that around half of us (49%) reported experiencing anxiety specifically in relation to the US election and following inauguration of Donald Trump as president, with 29% going as far as saying they have experienced a 'fair amount' or 'great deal' of anxiety.
23/03/2017 18:35 GMT

Coping With Life: Five Top Tips for Making Mindfulness Routine

Mindfulness is a way of bringing our awareness into the present moment, using techniques like meditation, breathing and yoga. It helps us become more aware of our thoughts and feelings so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, we're better able to cope with them.
27/10/2016 12:18 BST

Slow TV: A Mesmerising Time-Out From The Chaos Of 2016?

Often, we don't notice how many things we have going on at once until we reach a point where we can't manage. For some of us, this can become an ongoing problem. Most of us can benefit from taking some time to stop, and focus on right now, before stepping back into the bustle of our lives.
10/10/2016 13:21 BST

Social Media: Is Documenting The Self Worsening Mental Health?

Trying to craft a fixed persona for this new fixed space is difficult, because there's no fixed lens to view ourselves through. Moment to moment we change and adapt, assuming as many different personas as the number of people we come into contact with or situations we find ourselves in.
14/09/2016 17:36 BST

Prince William Comes Out in Support of the LGBT Community

Prince William recently met members of the LGBT+ community after inviting them to Kensington Palace to listen to their experience of bullying and the mental health impacts it can have. Today it was announced that the Duke will make a historic appearance on the cover of Attitude Magazine, the UK's most popular gay magazine.
15/06/2016 12:43 BST

The Trial and Error Days of Antidepressant Drug Treatment Could Soon Be Over

It is rare in science that a study will show 100% anything. Today this has happened. Scientists at Kings College London have developed a blood test that they say 'accurately and reliably predicts whether people living with depression will respond to common antidepressants'. This could mark a real sea change in antidepressant drug treatment.
08/06/2016 16:26 BST

Would You Be Allowed to Have a Mental Health Problem?

Today I received a letter from somebody who found it difficult to believe a young woman's story of living with mental health problems and self-harming. The letter asked if things could have really been so bad, pointing out that they thought she appeared to be 'attractive', 'intelligent' and had attended university, all things the author felt placed her at considerable advantage.
29/05/2016 21:03 BST

When We Talk About Schizophrenia, It's the Media Who Need a Reality Check

Living with schizophrenia can often be very frightening and can be enough of a barrier in itself to sustaining relationships without the added stigma and discrimination. None of us are immune to mental ill health and we have a human duty to show solidarity, open-mindedness and compassion for those who are living with mental health problems.
19/05/2016 17:31 BST

If We Compromise on Our Sleep, We Compromise on the Quality of Our Lives

The focus on productivity in society has breached many aspects of our lives, we risk falling into the trap of seeing sleep as an inconvenience, a hindrance to productivity and time that could be better 'spent' elsewhere. In truth, sleep is one of the best investments of our time and in ourselves.
04/04/2016 21:47 BST