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Giving Thanks to Student Support Staff

Ed Pinkney | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ed Pinkney

It's almost exactly five years since I graduated. When I look back, despite some excellent lectures, the university faces I remember most are not academics, but support staff. I'm sure that for a significant proportion of graduates it's the same. Support staff deserve their dues.

The Cruelest Cut

Mik Scarlet | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Politics
Mik Scarlet

Please put yourself in the position of the disabled people who are losing their ILF support, understand how fearful they are about the future and join them to say no, that's enough. This is one cut we really do not need to carry out. Ask your MP to reinstate the ILF and give dignity back to those disabled people who require a high level of support. It's not too much to ask.

Changing Attitudes - NEAW 2015

Rachel Burkinshaw | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Parents
Rachel Burkinshaw

At our recent admission at GOSH, one of the gastro consultants told me that it is widely recognised that children with gastro conditions have the worst quality of life of any child living with a chronic illness.

Why Am I Blogging About Terminal Cancer?

Naomi Barrow | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

As a young person living with a parent who has a terminal diagnosis, I've discovered a fairly considerable hole in the people-dying-support-system stuff. There is a lot of support out there for children with a close family member who is dying; there is a fair amount of support for spouses and for parents of people who are dying.

Dear Mum-to-be, Let's Talk about Down's Syndrome

Hayley Goleniowska | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK
Hayley Goleniowska

I, for one, think the world will be a much less joyful place if we seek to eradicate Down's syndrome. We will lose an honesty, simplicity and beauty that we can ill afford to live without. I will not judge you, whatever path you take, but I know that there is no test for the bright, feisty, gorgeous young lady in our family.

My Right Arm

Jo Haigh | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK
Jo Haigh

In spite of living in a world in which the use of a personal assistant is becoming, in some cases, regarded as a luxury, without my PA I honestly believe my productivity and effectiveness would frankly halve at best.

Depression Sufferers Open Up About The Social Networking Site Made Specifically For Them

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When depression takes hold, those caught in its grips can feel increasingly isolated. The mental health condition is not uncommon - in fact, rough...

Women Are Definitely From Venus

Elaine Benton | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Women are used to bearing it all, talking candidly and honestly on every topic you could possibly think of. In a safe environment, we are willing and able to share our deepest thoughts and bear our soul without fear of judgement or incrimination.

Women In Business: How This Private Members' Club Is Helping The Homeless Get Back On Track

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

From the word go, you know Sandra Schembri means business. Behind her infectious laugh and assertive tone, there's a woman underneath who knows wha...

Time to Talk and the Mind Fundraiser

Lucy Roberts | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Roberts

This day each year encourages people to take just five minutes out of their day to hold a conversation about mental health with friends, family, colleagues, or anyone else you can think of. Participants can log their five minutes on the Time To Change website in the hope of gaining an idea how how much time was spent on this day talking about mental health.

People With Parkinson's Confused and Abandoned After Diagnosis

Steve Ford | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Steve Ford

This chronic lack of information and support is leaving people with Parkinson's feeling discarded and deserted at the toughest time of their lives. This is simply unacceptable.

Youth participation in the HIV response: Are we setting the table or just on the menu?

Jacqui Stevenson | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK
Jacqui Stevenson

In the mix of a meeting or conference, there are a few simple questions we should all be asking to determine if there is participation, and how meaningful it is.

The Divine Feminine

Jo Haigh | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK
Jo Haigh

I have no particular religious inclination but I, like Dan Brown, have always recognised that if females are anything at all they are almost all quite divine and no more so than in the workplace...

Eleven Steps to Support a Loved One With Mental Health Problems

Danny Bowman | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Bowman

They are going to be feeling frustrated, confused and completely overwhelmed sometimes if not most of the time so it is important that you know some hurtful things that they say to you, they do not mean so don't take it too personally as it is just the illness talking and they will most likely apologise sincerely for it sometime after it has been said.

Why I Love the Teenage Cancer Trust

Emily Clark | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Clark

Thank you Teenage Cancer Trust. Even if I spent the rest my life saying thank you it wouldn't be enough, simply because without them I wouldn't be here to say it. From the bottom of my heart, from the top of my head to the tips of my toes, thank you, I love you and I will be forever grateful.

Dear Past Generation Mum of a Child With Down's Syndrome

Hayley Goleniowska | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Hayley Goleniowska

I cannot judge you, though many do. For you are one of the few that braved the storm, paved the way, created change for those of us who came later, whether you realise it or not. Your resolve has taken a battering, you cannot let go of the dream of a simpler life, yet it is precisely this lack of acceptance that has pushed you to your very limits.

F*cked Up, Insecure, Neurotic and Emotional

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

Hubby is a patient man. Strong, loving, considerate too, but mostly patient (in the extreme). He has a tough job sometimes - he has me. Granted, I have my good points (too many to list, obviously) but then there's also that nasty cloud/dog/bubble aspect just waiting in the wings, ready to pounce as soon as I let my guard down. And when it pounces on me, it pounces on him too.

Parkinson's Is an Iceberg

Elaine Benton | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

The on-line Parkinson's community is a great way of connecting through the Internet with others in the same boat. I was truly touched by a new contact I made with a fellow Parkinson's sufferer. My article this week is about an ordinary Joe, just like you and me, except his name is Kendall Lay and he is far from ordinary.

Are You Seriously Asking Me That?

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Clark-Coates

Today's post follows an interesting interview I had on the radio. The interviewer, through no fault of his own, clearly had no understanding of baby loss. He sadly resorted to many clichéd lines, which are regularly handed out to those who are unfortunate enough to know first-hand the sad reality of losing a much wanted child.

How to Fix Your Soul When Your Brain is Kicking Your Heart in the Dick

Michelle Thomas | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK
Michelle Thomas

Yesterday was a sad, strange day. Sometimes unhappy news can serve as a sombre reminder that we must all try hard to be kind and compassionate to one another.

There Is Healing in the Weeping

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Clark-Coates

When babies are born we hope they come out crying so we know they are OK. However, somewhere along the line, tears stop showing the world we are healthy and that we are fine. Instead, the tears seem to start telling people that we are emotionally unstable and suggest that we aren't coping.

Are Ya Bad? Or Are Ya Bad Bad?

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

Hubby pointed out once that there may be people reading this who are trying to understand what someone who is depressed is going through, why they are acting the way they are, and I hope I've been able to give you some insight into that. I'm sure it's different for everyone, but for me, this is how it manifests.

An Important Read For Parents of Disabled Children (And Everyone Else)

Simon Stevens | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

There is no self-pity as the handbook is instilled with a practical sense of humour many disabled people and parents have needed to develop to keep their sanity when facing situations many outsiders do not appreciate.

Start Putting Vulnerable Health Before Money, Government!

Matt Clifton | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Clifton

Perhaps the conservatives will soon realise that the increase in depression in children, teenagers and adults is something that needs addressing and the support through NHS counselling should be in place, rather than forcing the support, it should be offered without long, unnecessary waiting lists.

This Idiots Guide to Asking for Help in Recovery

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Fully functioning body. Getting to paid to be on the telly. Wearing pretty dresses. Living hundreds of miles from where all the poorliness took place. Yes I was definitely back to my old self. I was definitely fine now. Except my dad seemed to disagree.