Crisis

'We Are Facing A System In Denial': Hidden Homelessness In UK Is At Crisis Point

Seyi Obakin | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK
Seyi Obakin

Centrepoint's research shows that for each one of those young people we see on the streets, dozens more are sleeping on the sofas of extended family and friends and, in some cases, in the beds of strangers.

Will Housing White Paper Make Downsizing A Positive Choice For Older Homeowners?

Stephen Burke | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

The government's long-awaited white paper on housing - due to be published shortly - is widely expected to feature measures to promote downsizing by older homeowners. The proposals are predicted to include exemptions on stamp duty for older people moving to smaller properties, thereby freeing up larger homes for younger families as part of the answer to the housing crisis.

Homeless People Reveal Their One Wish For Christmas - This Is How You Can Help Them

The Huffington Post | Nitya Rajan | Posted 25.12.2016 | UK

This Christmas more than 250,000 people will be sleeping rough on the streets of England. “It’s not through choice I’m out here,” 40-year-old...

Christmas: A Letter To My Eating Disorder

Sophie Mei Lan | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Mei Lan

Dear Bully Inside Me I thought I'd write to you as it's nearly Christmas, you're favourite time of year. As a child it was my favourite time of the ...

Homeless People Are Being Blasted With Loud Music To Stop Them Sleeping

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK

People sleeping rough are being forced to leave public spaces by “deliberate noise pollution” like loud music, a charity has said. Crisis, a homel...

Feeding 300 People Three Times A Day For 10 Days Isn't A Simple Task

Ruth Soroko | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ruth Soroko

giving back.jpg Feeding 300 people, plus 100 volunteers, three times a day for ten days, isn't a simple task. Food donations (some of surplus food) lined up the dance studio in the college where we were based. Lead chefs, a little like in the invention test on Masterchef, would make up the menu from the produce available.

The Central African Republic And Its Legacies Of Abuse

Yasmin Khatun Dewan | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK
Yasmin Khatun Dewan

The French mission in the Central African Republic is over. The official ceremony marking its end took place earlier this week. I have been investigat...

The Homelessness Reduction Bill Is A Step In The Right Direction

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Politics
Ioan Marc Jones

t is still underfunded, and hopefully the prospect additional funds will be raised during the Third Reading, but it is a step, perhaps only a small step, in the right direction. Charities have accomplished truly incredible feats with limited resources, but now the government needs to take some responsibility.

Children's Nurses Needed To Bridge Care Gap

Dame Elizabeth Fradd | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK
Dame Elizabeth Fradd

I've been a nurse for nearly 50 years, many of them on the front line in the care of sick children. It's a proud, positive and much loved profession. But as I write today, children's palliative nursing is facing a crisis: the number of children with life-limiting conditions that need care and support is increasing but the number of nursing posts to provide that support is failing to keep apace.

Basic Income and the Three-Day Work Week

Julian Vigo | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK Politics
Julian Vigo

There is a crisis in the British Labour Party and it is not just the internal struggles of the hard versus the soft left, nor is it between the few wh...

High Suicide Rate Under Crisis And Home Treatment Teams

Joy Hibbins | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK
Joy Hibbins

I set up our Suicide Crisis Centre precisely because the crisis team, and the alternatives within the charity sector, didn't work for me, and I felt that a new and different form of support was needed.

School's Out For Summer - Now What?

Julian Vigo | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK
Julian Vigo

For those with children this week marks the end of the school year which brings much excitement to children around the country, but economic worry to ...

Please Don't Call Us 'Difficult to Engage'

Joy Hibbins | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK
Joy Hibbins

"He/she is difficult to engage." It's a term that I have often heard used by psychiatric staff when talking about patients. I was described as "difficult to engage" when I was under mental health services and now that I run a Suicide Crisis Centre, I frequently hear the same phrase used by psychiatric staff who signpost to us.

Why CBT Alone Does Not Help in a Crisis

Karin Sieger | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

From experience, I find that for this well proven technique to work best certain other boxes need to be ticked first. We need to be emotionally and mentally ready for CBT. Confused? Let me explain.

For Children in Crisis, Education Cannot Wait

Mike Penrose | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK
Mike Penrose

For the first time in the 70-year history of the UN, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has brought together world leaders and the humanitarian community for the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, with the aim of making bold commitments to reduce the impact of the unprecedented wars and disasters we are seeing today.

Being in Crisis Changed My Life

Sophie Dishman | Posted 01.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Dishman

The panic started. What if? Have I? I want to point out at this point that I am not a judgemental person and am not stigmatising people who have HIV. It was my bodies reaction to hearing it said and reading about it - that was the judgemental thing.

End Impossible Choices, Choose Humanity

Hervé Verhoosel | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK
Hervé Verhoosel

Impossible choices are being made every day by more than 125 million people affected by crises and natural disasters. In fact, we are in the midst of the worst large-scale humanitarian crisis of our lifetime. Not since World War II have more people around the world been in desperate need of assistance as a direct result of ongoing conflict and violence.

Europe Protects Border, But Fails Children

Janti Soeripto | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK
Janti Soeripto

Visiting the small and makeshift graveyard on Lesvos, set up by caring local volunteers, as I did in recent days, is a heart-breaking experience. I de...

Concerning the Future of Deutsche Bank

Lewis Worrow | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK
Lewis Worrow

Deutsche Bank is a leading global investment bank with headquarters in Germany and indeed is one of Europe's mightiest financial institutions and the ...

The Destruction of the Calais 'Jungle' and Europe's Short-term Memory

Heydon Prowse | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK
Heydon Prowse

In 1951, inspired by a mix of guilt and hope, governments around the world got together to write a Refugee Convention. It was sort of a blue print for...

On the Precipice of Disaster

Michael Van Koesveld | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK
Michael Van Koesveld

Since the conflict escalated in March last year, 30 civilians are made casualties of war every day in Yemen. Houses and hospitals are bombed, whole civilian areas cut-off and under siege, and people are fleeing for their lives on a daily basis. After nine months of fighting, the country is sinking into a disaster of immense proportions and deeply tragic consequences.

The Comment Section on the Refugee Crisis is an Unsurprisingly DARK Place

Lewis Barton | Posted 24.09.2016 | UK
Lewis Barton

For the last serval months, the ongoing refugee/migrant crisis has become the dominating story amongst European countries. Whether it is interviews wi...

The Summer I Understood War

Hekate Papadaki | Posted 20.09.2016 | UK
Hekate Papadaki

War was something that happened on TV until the summer of 2004. A boat carrying Iraqi families had crashed somewhere on the coast of Attica in Greece....

Humanitarian Disaster Causing Political-Economic Crisis

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

"European governments have proved to have an almost unlimited talent for making fools of themselves on an issue that can be tackled only by all of the...

Refugees Like My Grandfather Were Welcome in 1948, Why Do We Need a Hashtag Now?

Roberts Zivtins | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK
Roberts Zivtins

It is almost exactly 67 years ago, to the day, that the registrar of Sheffield University wrote to my grandfather offering him a job as a museum technician. This might not be considered significant or life changing until you know that, at the time, he was living in a displaced persons camp. How easily could you compare my grandfather's story to today's refugees, fleeing the horrors in Syria?