Having A Learning Disability Can Be A Life Of Stares And Strange Looks - Let's Change That

Vijay Patel | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Vijay Patel

Today you may see someone with a learning disability on posters, TV adverts on in newspapers and magazines. I hope this is our chance for the public to really understand what a learning disability is, that we're not defined by our disability and for us to have a real voice in society.

Are You Scared To Go Outside Your Comfort Zone?

Karen Pine | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Pine

It's so easy to stay settled in our comfort zone waiting for 'someone' to come along and tell us it's OK to leave. Only we can give ourselves that permission. We can quieten that voice in our heads that says "you're not allowed to do that' and shout back: "Actually I am!"

We Need To Talk About Fear

Emily Morgan | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Morgan

I didn't fully understand what I was doing at the time, all I knew was that it was ferociously important to me. Several years later, with the benefit of some hindsight, I can see that I was on my own personal journey into the dark corners of my mind, in order to face up to what I might find

Brexit Hate Crimes - Shamed By Our Reaction

Harjeet Johal | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK
Harjeet Johal

'Britain is not a racist country' I used to wail, as I frantically waved my little virtual Union Jack. 'We are a post-modern, post-bigotry, post-post wonderland; this island is just all about Instagram, edamame-beans and enlightenment, now.' But Brexit has changed things.

International Gay Rights - A Distant Dream?

Harjeet Johal | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK
Harjeet Johal

I just watched tear after tear queue up and then take sorrow's path to the smeared tiles below. After a few minutes he looked up and stared at me had through fierce eyes. Once he knew he could trust me he spoke uninterrupted for almost half an hour. His story was one of beatings, harassment, abandonment, forced marriage, daily threats and soul-piercing terror.

Fear And Detachment

Maria Khan | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Khan

After befriending your unconscious, fear creeps into your house, bed, bath and soul, and sometimes it sneaks into your dreams, until it completely hijacks and paralyses the part of you that was born to bloom.

In Praise of Fear

Anna Beecher | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Anna Beecher

If anyone asks this August how my play about fearlessness is going, I happily tell them I'm terrified.

Labour Needs to Address Immigration - Positively

Abdulla Zaman | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Abdulla Zaman

Labour is now paying for its own silence. It let the anti-migrant narrative go unchecked and, in doing so, it gave ground to the xenophobic factions within the Conservatives and Ukip. With the premiership of Theresa May, the stakes are much higher.

Take the Fear Out of Flying

Victoria Ward | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Ward

For many of us, the arrival of summer means excitedly counting the days until we down tools and set up the out-of-office before we head off to warmer shores for a fortnight in the sun. For those with a flying phobia, however, that dream holiday can become a nightmare plagued with anxiety and fear.

Brexit - Time to Get Serious About Compassion

Izzy McRae | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Izzy McRae

So last week I wrote about how to cope with other people's negative emotions. The following day, the Brexit result was announced. The result packed such a big emotional punch that even though I normally try to keep out of politics, I felt I had to write about it. Brexit shows how difficult it can be to remain compassionate and balanced in response to a slew of anger and hatred.

Don't Let Fear Win - My Advice as I Hide in a Fortress of Blankets

James Moran | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Comedy
James Moran

No matter what your perspective, the atmosphere in the UK seems tense and dangerous. But from my perspective - inside a warm little castle of fabric and feathers, wearing my pyjamas - I urge us all to not give up, and to keep striving for a better future.

How I Overcame Paralysis And Hitting Rock Bottom

Charlotte Elizabeth | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Elizabeth

Today I live to know the secret to what I wish I had known before, that we cannot stop our fears from happening, but we can learn to live beyond our fears, to use them as our greatest catalyst and to fight each day for our fears fear - our dreams.

A Bit Of What You Fear Does You Good

Olivia Cox | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Cox

When I was growing up, my mother would torment me with words like 'balance' and 'moderation'. It just all seemed so boring at the time, but I guess the moral of the story is that she was (as per) quite right. It's good to feel scared occasionally, especially when it motivates action. But only when you can feel utterly unafraid later.

We Need to Talk about Secondary Breast Cancer

Tamsin Sargeant | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tamsin Sargeant

The good news is that secondary breast cancer can be treated. The bad news is that it can't be cured. Treatment aims to slow down the spread of disease, to relieve symptoms and give the best possible quality of life, for as long as possible.

My Fears... Not Hers

Sarah Pool | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Pool

The other day I took my daughter to feed the ducks. I say ducks, but really they were swans, big, hungry, strong-looking swans. My daughter is tiny, the swans were bigger than her.

Book Review: The Four-Dimensional Human by Laurence Scott

Robert Bradley | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Robert Bradley

In a world more socially connected than ever before, it is hard for niche tastes to maintain their exclusivity. This is the problem of hive-cool, wher...

What Marathon Running Taught Me About Fear

Julie Creffield | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Julie Creffield

The funny thing is, the fear is almost identical to the fear you feel when you actually sign up for you first big race. That sinking feeling that you have just made the biggest mistake of your life and that everyone is going to laugh at even the thought that you think you can do this.

What If?

Richard Taylor | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Taylor

My life seems to be dictated by those two little words. Whether it's looking into the future or peering into the past, that question creeps out of the woodwork as a gentle reminder that I'm not content.

My Challenge to You, Mr Gove

Chris Hirst | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Hirst

I listened to you speak with respect and fear in equal measure this week. Your oratory skills are impressive and at times, your rhetoric is certainly convincing. The problem is, I just don't believe WHAT you're saying.

What Can We Learn From Malala?

Maxine Altman | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Maxine Altman

Many of us are thwarted by our inner voices, our anxieties and a fundamental lack of belief in ourselves. Our inner critic tells us that we are less accomplished or capable than others. We dismiss our achievements and confine ourselves to a false belief in our mediocrity. But somewhere inside, we know that our disappearing act no longer serves the world.

Why I Don't Walk Home Alone at Night

Emma Critchley | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Critchley

Age and children have made me more fearful. I have been changed by the constant news stories that detail women being attacked at night. Their stories have seeped into my skin and become a part of me.

Social Anxiety: When Human Beings Are Afraid of Other Human Beings Without Really Knowing Why

Michelle Hambiliki | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Michelle Hambiliki

I am determined not to allow myself to be limited by my fear of interacting with people. Whether I was born with an inclination towards social anxiety or whether I happened to develop it, I'm desperate to overcome it.

The Gift of Fear - Or How Fear Saved My Life

Tamsin Sargeant | Posted 04.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tamsin Sargeant

Fear is an emotion with a bad press. It may have served our ancestors well in our evolutionary past, when we were faced with mortal danger at every turn, but what place does it have in modern-life?

What a Cognitive Psychologist Learned About Fear and Resilience When She was Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

Nazanin Derakhshan | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Nazanin Derakhshan

Three years down the line, I still continue to be haunted by my cancer. Like the background music to a movie it's always there, singing the trauma that I have endured. Approximately, two-thirds of women with a breast cancer diagnosis suffer PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and this can make them prone to anxiety and depression later.

Stuck? Three Easy Keys That Turn Your Life Around...

Sacha Knop | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sacha Knop

Now you're kicking your own butt for failing AGAIN at something that SHOULD be simple. If you can't change this ONE little thing, how can you POSSIBLY succeed at the bigger dreams you have?