Beth Saward
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.

Entries by Beth Saward

Lessons From Robin Williams

(0) Comments | Posted 13 August 2014 | (20:47)

As someone who is open about my mental health and the struggles that come with it both in person and in my online writing, when Robin Williams died I knew I wanted to write something. The trouble was, what was there to say that I haven't already said? My Facebook...

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We Need to Talk About Mental Health

(1) Comments | Posted 27 January 2014 | (10:45)

I recently read an article that, to be quite honest, terrified me. In the first 11 months of 2013, 305 under-18s were detained by the police under the Mental Health Act because they had nowhere else to take them. Some were held for over 24 hours. You can...

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Why Are the Media Labelling Tom Daley as Gay?

(9) Comments | Posted 4 December 2013 | (23:00)

So Tom Daley has made the announcement that he is in a relationship with a man. He talks about how it makes him feel happy and safe. This is really where the discussion should end right? He's in a happy relationship, he feels safe, end of story. It shouldn't really...

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International Day of The Girl Child

(0) Comments | Posted 7 October 2013 | (21:56)

On December 19 2011 the UN passed Resolution 66/170. This declared that 11 October every year to be the International Day of the Girl child. It was felt that a separate day was needed from International Women's Day to raise awareness of issues that specifically related to female children, with...

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The Woolwich Attacks Need to Bring Us Together

(0) Comments | Posted 24 May 2013 | (00:53)

The stabbings in Woolwich have shocked Britain. The targeting of a British soldier, who'd survived a tour in Afghanistan, on a London street in broad daylight seemed unreal. The brazen way the attackers asked the witnesses to film them, explaining their motivations as revenge for the killing of Muslims in...

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Barbara Hewson Misunderstands Operation Yewtree's aims

(8) Comments | Posted 9 May 2013 | (15:09)

Barbara Hewson, a leading barrister specialising in reproductive rights, has caused controversy with her article on spiked stating that the age of consent should be lowered to 13. Now, had she presented a rational, well-formulated argument with this at the centre of it, providing reasons as to why...

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Is Mike Jeffries the Real Problem?

(0) Comments | Posted 9 May 2013 | (01:06)

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. They don't offer XL and XXL options in their clothing for women, meaning that they only offer clothes up to...

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The Real Effect of the Benefit Cuts

(0) Comments | Posted 2 May 2013 | (19:49)

Recently the BBC published an article about how people suffering from the benefits cuts should budget (Here: For me it once again raised the question that's been hovering since the cuts themselves were first introduced: has anyone asked those on benefits how they're affected? It seemed to me that...

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The Elephant in the Room: The Stigma Around Mental Health

(9) Comments | Posted 25 April 2013 | (15:26)

"How's the depression?! You should be coming off your medication now!"

After having this yelled down the phone at me by an overzealous relative, I struggled to keep the frustration out of my voice. I was diagnosed with depression around a year ago and since then most members of my...

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