Awareness

Have You Told Your Family Your Organ Donation Decision?

Dr Ellie Cannon | Posted 11.07.2014 | 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.

Speaking at the House of Lords

Jo Yirrell | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Yirrell

On 12 March I found myself, once again, transported from housewife and Inclusion Officer to Special Ambassador for Malaria No More UK. The Upper School where I work are very accommodating when I need a day off to be an Ambassador. They understand just what it means to me to be able to tell my late son, Harry's story and add my voice to the battle to help end deaths from malaria.

How Good Is Porn?

Lucy Uprichard | Posted 25.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Uprichard

If nothing else, the HGIP project forces you to reassess exactly how much of a growing concern porn is. Everybody knows at the very back of their minds that so much of pornography is morally questionable to say the least, but we rarely mention it or act upon it.

Dementia, Memory Problems and Making it a Christmas to Remember

Andrew Chidgey | Posted 04.02.2013 | UK
Andrew Chidgey

Christmas can also be the time when early signs of dementia first become apparent. Here at Alzheimer's Society, we often see a spike in the number of calls our Helpline receives just after Christmas, so we really do appreciate how difficult a time of year this can be.

Now Is the Time to Take Natural Disasters Seriously

Tony Cunningham | Posted 12.12.2012 | UK Politics
Tony Cunningham

The recent floods in Manila reminded me that we are at the whim of natural disasters and our changing climate

Aftermath of Adoption

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 23.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

Once upon a time, an unmarried girl hid her pregnancy for 9 months, travelled to the north of England and gave the baby up for adoption. It was 1975. She also hid the secret from her family and friends for 20 years until, the child, now a fully grown woman, found her mother. I was that child.

And The Nation's Favourite Epitaph Is....

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 18.05.2012 | UK

An epitaph offers the final chance to impress the world with your wit and wisdom - and the nation has voted Spike Milligan's "I told you I was ill" as...

Snooker's Attitude to Illness is an Inspiration

Scott Jordan Harris | Posted 07.07.2012 | UK Sport
Scott Jordan Harris

The final of the 2012 World Snooker Championship featured only one champion: Ronnie O'Sullivan. But it featured two heroes.

Is Yoga Bad For You?

Anna Chapman | Posted 19.03.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Chapman

A recent New York Times article called How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body has caused quite a stir in the yoga community pointing out all the ways that yoga can injure and saying that most people shouldn't do it. But before you roll up your mat and head for the gentler delights of pilates, read this.