#Awareness

A Gift And A Curse: The Ups And Downs Of Bipolar

Arabella Noortman | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Arabella Noortman

For me, the diagnosis was a relief, for it accorded with the maxim "know thyself" - and, for any human being, this is a fundamental part of life's journey. As time goes on, I have begun to see bipolar not so much as an affliction, confined to a certain, unfortunate percentile of the population, but as something that lies in the further reaches of conscious experience.

I'm Happy, Healthy And HIV Positive

Philip Christopher Baldwin | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Philip Christopher Baldwin

Testing for HIV is the responsible thing to do and is easy and confidential. The sooner you know your status the better. There are approximately 17,000 people in the UK who do not know their HIV status. If you are HIV positive and do not know, your health could be compromised.

Awareness Doesn't Bring Change (A Call To Arms)

LJ Ferris | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
LJ Ferris

The 295 (at least) trans* people who were murdered this year alone were sons, daughters, siblings, friends, parents, students, teachers, lovers. They brought light to the dark places they stepped and their presence raised awareness. But they were deemed to be "other", to be "wrong", to be inferior and for that they were killed.

Tackling Misconceptions About Self-Harm And The Journey To Recovery

Grace Jeremy | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Grace Jeremy

Obviously everyone's experience is different, but self-harm is very rarely an attention-seeking behaviour. Self-harm should always be taken seriously, regardless of what you interpret the reasons behind it to be.

Domestic Abuse Awareness Month 2016: More Than Purple

Dr Diahanne Rhiney | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK
Dr Diahanne Rhiney

If we continue to focus on gestures rather than real and tangible results, the Domestic Abuse pandemic will worsen. More women will be killed. More children will suffer. Do something meaningful today.

Autism: Tips To Help You Maintain Your Cool

Marcus Mitchell | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Marcus Mitchell

Nearly every year an anger incident breaks out at home, countless of times the police have been involved and end up arresting me due to my behaviour stepping above the out-of-control zone.

OCD: An Insight Of People Obsessions

Marcus Mitchell | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Marcus Mitchell

OCD is something I never seem to talk about often due to my lack of confidence on talking about the subject. I'm usually never brave enough to talk about something that's very private in my life or share it with others. I'm the sort of person who likes to keep things securely stored inside my head because I feel it's much less bother.

Gynae Cancers: What's the Fuzz About?

Athena Lamnisos | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Athena Lamnisos

Why are women not too embarrassed to show your genitals to a beauty therapist but are able to put up with the discomfort of waxing, but so embarrassed they can't go to the doctor and talk about the lump they've found in their vulva or the fact they're bleeding after sex?

Why Being Suicidal Isn't About Wanting To Die

Katie Simon Phillips | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Simon Phillips

Suicide is a difficult topic to talk about because there are so many feelings that go alongside it. For some it can be immoral, too upsetting, something "selfish" people do, too sensitive, too dark, maybe even something that people avoid talking about because it is too difficult to understand why someone would commit such an act...

Normality... Even When Cancer Intervened

Pete Wallroth | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Parents
Pete Wallroth

When Mair was diagnosed our world fell apart because of the uncertainty that this threw up. Having never heard of anyone being diagnosed with cancer in pregnancy before, let alone be treated for it, we were worried. Would it affect the baby? Could we even continue with the pregnancy?

Public Cervix Announcement! Get to Know Your Body

Professor Martin Widschwendter | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Martin Widschwendter

Being told that you have a gynaecological cancer can come as a total shock - especially as many women in the UK are not even aware that there are in fact five forms of gynaecological cancer - Womb, Ovarian, Cervical, Vulval and Vaginal.

Every Smile Tells a Story

Anna Martindale | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Martindale

For many people, the words 'cleft lip and palate' conjure up images of children in faraway countries staring out from newspaper adverts, but for tens of thousands of families in the UK, the reality is much closer to home.

An Attempt at Explaining Self-Harm

Katie Simon Phillips | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Simon Phillips

I am not justifying it as a good thing to do whatsoever, it is an unhealthy coping strategy that needs to be talked about and treated to find alternative ways of managing difficult feelings that are not so damaging. Still, you can't find an alternative until you know what purpose self-harm serves in general or for you personally, so here goes...

Why I Kept My Epilepsy Hidden for So Long

Vicky Smith | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Vicky Smith

My early childhood memories are full of seizures, nasty medicines and hospital trips. I had tonic clonic seizures when I was asleep and absence seizures during the day. I lived on a cocktail of drugs while the doctors tried to work out what would work best for me.

The Mental Health Price of Academic Focus

Alice Speirs | Posted 25.03.2016 | UK Parents
Alice Speirs

I feel that there are potentially major psychological implications for children as they are growing into adults. And that has potential implications for the lives that they lead once they become adults.

I Wish I Knew...

Ashleigh Mitchell | Posted 25.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ashleigh Mitchell

If someone had told me that I was in an abusive relationship, I wouldn't have believed them. It's only now that I am out of it that I can really see it for what it was. There were no beatings but that doesn't mean there was no abuse.

'I'm A Little Bit OCD' - Why Having OCD Is Not About Liking Things to Be a Certain Way

Katie Simon Phillips | Posted 20.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Simon Phillips

Due to my OCD, a lot of things, if not everything in my life, is a certain way. The structure of every day is exactly the same and my routines and rituals could not be more rigid if they tried. Everything I do each day is exactly the same as I did it the day before but that is not in any sense because that is the way in which I like them.

Is It Enough to Raise Awareness on the Disabled Community

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

I believe now is the time to stop whooping about awareness and take some real actions. Pride in disability identity might be a step, or innovatively defending disability rights another. We the disabled community would love to see everyone with the spirit and audacity to accost and confront the weary awareness trope and begin taking substantive steps.

Raising Awareness for SAMH

Kate Elliott | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

Raising awareness of mental health causes is something that has always been really important to me. I strongly believe that improving people's understanding of mental health difficulties and normalising discussions about these issues can have a positive impact on reducing the associated stigma enabling people to be more open about their own struggles. I was really impressed by a recent awareness campaign held for SAMH in Scotland.

Why Do I Self-Harm?

Claire Greaves | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

It's important to remember that self-harm is different to suicide. Not everybody who cuts wants to die. Sometimes cutting can feel like the only way to cope and stay alive. It can be easier to cope with the physical pain rather than the emotional pain.

Is Learning and Socialising in School Difficult for Those With Autism?

Marcus Mitchell | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Marcus Mitchell

At the moment I go to College. I'm studying Media & Photography to gain qualifications. My social awareness has improved, I've got a bundle of friends at College. To help with my social awareness I have a Learner Support Assistant which eases the added pressure and stress that occurs in my days of studying.

World Toilet Day - More Important Than It Sounds

Cohan Chew | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK
Cohan Chew

At first glance, World Toilet Day sounds like something pushed out by a group of silly children. However, World Toilet Day's significance is detriment...

National Burns Awareness Day: Raising Awareness To Save Lives

Lucy Wilson | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Wilson

Some people can't resist the strong taste of coffee in the morning or the tender smell of a Yankee candle in the evening. We all come into contact with hot substances on a daily basis. However, it is estimated that over 121,000 people are seen by burns services and emergency departments each year...

A Dysfunctional Family: What Are a Grandchild's Rights?

Olga Levancuka | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK
Olga Levancuka

Raising a question that is rarely addressed... A woman was raised in a dysfunctional family. When she was a baby, she was physically and psychologica...

Hope in Action #NoMoreEmptyArms

Sara Meredith | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK Parents
Sara Meredith

My heart is forever broken and it is this pain and the missing that makes me determined to fight hard for the cure for Rett Syndrome. To fight on that no other parent has to feel my loss.