#Awareness

Mental Health Awareness Is Alright, But We Need Action

Jess Bradley | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Jess Bradley

From prisons to primary schools, social media to benefit sanctions, we need to challenge this tendency to punish wherever we find it. Our humanity should never be up for grabs. Only by challenging this drive to dehumanise can we start the work of building a different society; one which has a logic of good mental health and happiness at its core.

I Became Chief Executive Of A UK M.E. Charity - And Then My Son Was Diagnosed With M.E. Too

Sonya Chowdhury | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Parents
Sonya Chowdhury

Danny says the one thing that has really added to his severe exhaustion and frustration is having to continually explain how M.E. is not just feeling tired. By sharing his story, I hope that others affected by M.E. have to do this a little less.

IBD Superheroes Assemble For World IBD Day

Sahara Fleetwood-Beresford | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sahara Fleetwood-Beresford

Over the last few years, there has undoubtedly been more coverage in the media about IBD than ever before, but unfortunately, much of the information that gets shared is not factual and often misleading. It is our job to set the record straight! It is on days like today that you will see across the World Wide Web, a flurry of activity from the IBD community, as we unite as one big team of IBD Superheroes to share our stories.

Mental Health Awareness Week: Why Are We Still Hiding?

Lucy Hird | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Hird

But in my experience it can be ANYONE, and never think that the most confident, happy and loudest are okay, as along with everyone else they're usually the ones dealing with something like chronic stress, severe depression or anxiety.

What To Expect When You're Expecting (A Baby With A Cleft Lip And Palate)

Anna Martindale | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Parents
Anna Martindale

Candy and Alex's experiences are far from unique. In the UK alone, 1,200 babies will be born with a cleft in 2017. It's a lifelong condition, but the journey starts at diagnosis. Many parents describe this moment as one they'll never forget, the instant when everything changed and this condition they may never have heard of before suddenly became a central part of their lives.

What Is L.E.?

Rebecka Eden | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecka Eden

L.E. does not discriminate in who can fall victim to the disease - young or old, male or female, regardless of a person's body type or healthy lifestyle choices - I was a young model and athlete with a life-long dedication to health and fitness when my cancer treatment resulted in development of the disease.

Childhood Cancer, The Forgotten Children

Jennifer Kelly | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK
Jennifer Kelly

Childhood cancer is the number one cause of non-accidental death of children in the UK, so not as rare as we all think. Every year 4,000 children and ...

I Met My Fiancé On His Stag Night - Parkinson's Awareness Week

Amanda Elias | Posted 11.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Elias

I picked him up at Swansea station, he came in for a hug and as he always laughs, I jumped back. The reason I jumped was because I felt something I hadn't felt before, my body lit up, it felt like sparks were flying through me, that thunder bolt when two souls re-connect - it's true people!

Making A Movie!

Rachel Shenton | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Rachel Shenton

Did it all go according to plan? No! Did we stick to the schedule? Absolutely not. But we did it! Aside from creating something that will hopefully be thought provoking and shine a much needed light on access to education - It just feels great to have taken an idea from conception and seen it right through to the end.

Endometriosis Awareness Month - My Story To Diagnosis

Hannah Summers | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Hannah Summers

Mine is not an uncommon story. Young women, all women, need to hear of endometriosis. Doctors do, nurses, teachers, mothers. Sufferers should not go through years of pain before finding out the ways in which they can be helped. Awareness of the condition will help. Awareness of Endometriosis.

A Fit Mind

Kamontip Evans | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

Pick up a women's or men's magazine and the dominant features will be appearance, nutrition, fitness, work, sex and romance. We want to be strong, fit, healthy and attractive and enjoy our work and love life. We want them and expect them to go right, but we can be in for disappointments when they don't go according to plan. We need a Plan B: a fit mind to back us up.

The Girls - Proving We Are All Capable Of The Extraordinary

Jack Abrey | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jack Abrey

Last week I was lucky enough to attend the dress rehearsal of Gary Barlow and Tim Firth's new musical 'The Girls' in my role as a Bloodwise Ambassador...

Every Winner Has Scars

Shirley Palmer | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Shirley Palmer

Of course you have to bring your awareness to and face your fear. Because it is only then that you discover the thing that billions of people throughout history have discovered before you - that failure or being wrong will not kill you.

52 Non-Food Related Ways To Celebrate Christmas When You Struggle With An Eating Disorder

Katie Simon Phillips | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Simon Phillips

If there is one group of creatures on earth who find Christmas dinner more stressful than all the turkeys out there do, it is people with eating disorders. Actually scrap that, when it comes to having an eating disorder it isn't simply Christmas dinner that is stressful, it is the entire build up over the festive season when suddenly it feels as if EVERYTHING is about food.

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.