Awareness.

Break the Cycle: Talk About Period Pain

Ria Chatterjee | Posted 26.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ria Chatterjee

When was the last time you heard someone at work complain about period pain? Not in gruesome detail, just "My stomach is hurting. It's period pain. Anyone got some painkillers?". If the answer is never, then it's time to question why not.

The Pond and the Mind: A Parallel Universe

Kamontip Evans | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

When you watch the mind, you will find there is a beginning, middle and an end to each troublesome thought or emotion. Sometimes before you even get to the end of it, the mind will jump onto something else.

People With Parkinson's Confused and Abandoned After Diagnosis

Steve Ford | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Steve Ford

This chronic lack of information and support is leaving people with Parkinson's feeling discarded and deserted at the toughest time of their lives. This is simply unacceptable.

Accessible Travel is Adventure Travel

Martyn Sibley | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

However this is not just about me. It's not just about last week. It's not just about the companies I used. It is about civil and human rights. It is about living in 2015 and seeing disabled people go through these events daily.

What Are You Waiting For? When Would Now Be a Good Time?

Kathryn Lovewell | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kathryn Lovewell

Putting myself first does not come naturally. I am a natural giver - like so many teachers and therapeutic practitioners I know. However, I am learning the art of self-love, self-care and prioritising myself.

A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing

Elaine Benton | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

As a person living with Parkinson's, just like millions of other fellow sufferers, when first diagnosed, I took a crash course in scouring the Internet to educate myself. Patients generally understand and know full well the harsh reality that awaits them.

Mental Health Education in School Is a MUST Today

Mark Williams | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Williams

As we know the stigma and lack of education about mental health is better today than it was ten years ago. We still need to educate the next generation in all aspects of mental health to stamp it out for good.

How Safe Is Your Teen From a Drink-Drive Conviction?

Debbie Bannigan | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Debbie Bannigan

There is a point on every course where the penny drops. On every course, without exception, someone will tell us that, if they had known what they have learnt from us when they first started driving, they would not have offended.

Cute... But Wrong!

Mik Scarlet | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

The piece revolves around the concept that when trying to confront the issue of talking to disabled people the advice is always negative, always a list of "don't"s and rarely "do"s. Mr Hoge then states that most of these are the opinion of the authors and then gives a list that he states are things "you can say to someone with a disability".

Whose Drama Is It Anyway?

Shirley Palmer | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shirley Palmer

As I lay under the chestnut tree with the sun streaming through I noticed how quickly we have fallen into autumn in the UK, the leaves are changing, the sun is not quite so warm and there is a bed of leaves underneath me.

Meningitis Hasn't Gone Away - It's Still a Threat So Help Save Lives This Winter

Chris Head | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Head

Meningitis has been in the news in the UK throughout 2014 but it's no time to be complacent about the symptoms; this deadly disease hasn't gone away and winter is the deadliest time as the number of cases always climbs.

Have You Told Your Family Your Organ Donation Decision?

Dr Ellie Cannon | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Ellie Cannon

New figures out today show that just 45% of families agree to organ donation going ahead if they are unaware of their loved one's decision to be a donor - but this figure rises to 95% when they know the decision.

Do You Always Need to Be Right?

Annie Ashdown | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ashdown

Acts of kindness are only kind when you feel good about ourselves. Caretaking is the neighbour of martyrdom. Many who lack confidence have a compulsion to be perfect. I found being a control freak exhausting.

Living Without Food

Chris Malla | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Malla

On 4 March 2014, I witnessed a group of police officers forcibly move on some homeless people around Newland Avenue in Hull, the heart of the city's student population. Their only crime was being homeless, which I don't feel is a crime, and certainly doesn't justify the treatment they received. I felt helpless, and had to carry on home, angry...

'I Wish I Had Breast Cancer'

Kate Leaver | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Leaver

We're talking about actual human beings existing in the twilight of grief and primal fear that comes with cancer. And if a lung, bowel, or pancreatic cancer patient feels, in that horrific state of mind, that it'd be easier to have a more socially acceptable cancer like breast cancer... We can't judge that. What are we doing, policing the private fears of terminally ill people now?

Reclaim Your Attention by Developing Relaxed Situational Awareness

Thomas Gelmi | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Thomas Gelmi

For many of us there are only rare moments in which we do not think at all; when we are engaged in sports or indulged in a concert, for example. Besides these moments, the rational mind dominates the scene, one thought after another, until we fall asleep at night. In worst cases it even persists and keeps us from falling asleep.

The Great British Porn Off

Jamie Stangroom | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Jamie Stangroom

I suppose I fit the criteria for a typical 'user' - I'm a single 20-something male, with no long-term relationships to my name, and I spend most nights alone in my room with my flatmate hurling abuse through my bedroom door that I'm 'using all the bandwidth', but I assure you that is because I'm writing and editing my sketches and radio-interviews, and not wasting the odd three hours perusing the darker side of the internet's super-highway. Honestly.

Stigma: Should It Still Surround Mental Health?

Lucy Roberts | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK
Lucy Roberts

Should mental health stigma still have an impact of those suffering? Statistics show that almost everyone dealing with mental health has been, and still is, impacted negatively by the stigma surrounding it. Is it right that already vulnerable and isolated members of society should be made to feel more alone?

Falling on Deaf Ears

Elaine Benton | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

I'm not sure how I've kept running at such a pace, being an advocate for both Gaucher disease and Parkinson's and it's hardly surprising my batteries are on an all time low. I am driven with unstoppable passion and commitment.

She Who Dares

Gwennan Thomas | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gwennan Thomas

We need to increase the awareness of alopecia at an early age so that we are not facing this condition alone and frightened.

Stepping Out

Elaine Benton | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

For any Parkinson's patient, stepping out, can be a stressful experience, even when invited to a happy occasion or event. Most healthy people don't realise what it takes for someone suffering any chronic condition to go out and socialise.

Gaucher Awareness Month

Elaine Benton | Posted 02.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Having a rare disease may sound special, but believe me, it's not. Growing up isolated, I never met another Gaucher patient and had no form of support in my youth.

Invisible Disease Awareness Week

Elaine Benton | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

From the 9th till 15th September 2013, it is 'National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week'. You might not have heard of this before, and may well be asking what is an "invisible illness"?

A Cure for HIV: Really?

Dr Steve Taylor | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Steve Taylor

Whenever headlines such as 'Cure for HIV' appear in the press, they have a few unintended secondary effects: the general populace takes them as a sign that HIV is over, and that there is no longer a problem, despite the fact that charities such as ours know very well that there is much work to be done.

Reading for a Better Future

Alam Ghafoor | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK
Alam Ghafoor

Education is the cornerstone of an equal and sustainable community . By providing children access to a solid education, they not only become literate and numerate they acquire life skills that equip them as valuable contributing members of their community . An educated child becomes an empowered adult.