The aim of properly facilitated peer support is to support people to move pass the low points, as well as celebrating the high ones. But if peer support is only used to wallow in self-pity, especially where there is a political agenda attached to this feeling, than it is helping no one in the long term.
In the last 15 years, the Mediterranean Sea has transformed into a graveyard for more than 20,000 migrants and refugees searching for protection and a better life in Europe. At least 3,500 people drowned close to European shores in 2014, many of them from Syria, Eritrea or sub-Saharan Africa. Already this year, 500 people have lost their lives at sea, and that's before the summer period when the majority of people attempt the dangerous crossing.
We are one year on since the tragic abduction of 276 girls in Chibok, north-eastern Nigeria. Can you imagine still not knowing if your daughter or sister is safe, looked after or even alive?
I don't really remember when I first knew that I was disabled. I've heard stories of how I didn't move like other toddlers. Then I remember being at school in my wheelchair. That first moment of knowing I was 'different' just doesn't stand out.
Once someone has exhausted the over-the-counter options, it can be a difficult decision to go to the doctor to ask for something different. It shouldn't be. Pain deserves to be managed as well as any other symptom of a condition, but there seems to be far more judgement intrinsically linked.
With much of the public's attention now focused firmly on the election campaign, there is no doubt that political parties will be focusing their resources on those most likely to vote, a grouping disproportionately dominated by older people...
I know what you must be thinking...art, really? What good is that? But for centuries the arts have had the power to sway the hearts and minds more than cold facts and figures, so why not see whether a marriage of the arts and science might give birth to some novel and practical responses.
We are raising our collective voices and making a noise to remember a young girl, who thanks to the tenacity of her Holocaust survivor father Otto Frank and the publication of her diary, could eventually not be silenced.
The third night of airstrikes was the worst. One I will never forget. I struggled to text my family as I shook like a leaf from head to toe. Waiting out the storm in an internal room, three walls between us and the fighting, I tried to breathe deeply as the entire house shook with each impact.
Today the Overseas Development Institute are releasing a report called 'Financing the Future' which shows that free basic universal healthcare would cost $74 billion a year to deliver in the 33 poorest countries - equivalent to just 4% of total bailout support provided to the banks by the UK Government.
Introducing free social care at the end of life is a golden opportunity to improve people with cancer's last experiences, while simultaneously easing the strain on the NHS.
One of the things I expect from the people who run the country I live in is to enforce the laws of the country. Yet time and time again disabled people are faced with businesses that just do not make themselves accessible to disabled customers, and the excuse is nearly always expense.
Traditional investment means first taking a risk to reap a reward later. The beauty of climate action is that the reward comes first and future risk i...
The 12th GMR report has just been launched: 'Education for All 2000-2015: achievements and challenges.' The Report shows how the world has done in achieving the six Education for All goals set out in Dakar in 2000.
My charity Send a Cow, is currently one of a number signed up to Global Poverty Project's Live Below the Line campaign. It encourages people to live for five days on what the world's poorest survive on for a lifetime. In the UK that means eating and drinking on £1 a day.
I think a major reason for such lack of knowledge about bowel cancer and its potential to be beaten is that it deal with bottoms and bowels, and the symptoms of bowel cancer involve blood and poo. These aren't subjects for polite company. We need to change that.