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Arthur Peirce

Recent grad, writer, blogger, and one time pilgrim.

A recent KCL Liberal Arts graduate.
Arthur writes about university life, depression & anxiety and more.

Interested in literature, poetry, travel, and human rights.

An Update From Calais And The Refugee Community Kitchen

A few months ago I wrote about the work of Refugee Community Kitchen, a charity in Calais responsible for providing food to the hundreds of refugees in and around the city and Dunkirk. Since 2015 RCK has prepared, cooked, and delivered almost 600,000 meals. They serve hot, nourishing food daily, and like most of the refugee charities in Calais, they rely entirely on donations and volunteers.
22/09/2017 10:57 BST

The Feeling Of Social Anxiety

Those who have not experienced the common, yet unique stress of social anxiety, they would be forgiven for thinking that it marks itself as stress and fear in social situations. Perhaps an intense awkwardness. This is true and accurate, yet there is more.
11/09/2017 12:16 BST

Tackling The Gender Divide In Football

It is perhaps telling of the state of gender inequality in sports, that private organisations need to be created to simply give young girls a chance of playing the sport. A sport key to the cultures of both the UK and Mexico.
23/05/2017 09:46 BST

The Refugee Community Kitchen

We all believe it is a moral duty to help those in need. Indeed, when I was last in Calais, this was put succinctly by a fellow volunteer who said (paraphrasing): "Being in the position to help, is exactly the same thing as being obligated to".
17/05/2017 13:19 BST

The Government's Betrayal Of Refugees, And Us

The history of Syria is not a peaceful one, even before the current civil war, Syria had been ruled by the iron fist of dictators, the people suffering from heavy sectarian violence. Though the land it occupies has been home to people for thousands of years, the country of Syria is less than a century old, and herein lies the key to its bloody history.
09/02/2017 17:25 GMT

The Peace And Power Of The Women's March

This Saturday I was one of the 100,000+ attendants of the women's march in London. As you know, it went without incident. It was a part of a magnificent and beautiful day of solidarity.
30/01/2017 12:35 GMT

Sexual Entitlement

While this news has caused a huge amount of disgust, it needs to be questioned what caused both men to think that shooting a rape sequence without the consent of the actress involved was in any way the right or necessary thing to do.
18/12/2016 17:30 GMT

Benefits Of A Secular Christmas

Christmas does indeed get the greater share of focus, and I have focused on it primarily due to my background, my grandfather was an Anglican Vicar and my primary school was Church of England, so I can't help but associate this period with the Christian church which is my own failing.
09/12/2016 11:28 GMT

Unmasking Mental Illness In Children

What there may need to be is a greater, wider understanding of how these causes affect the mental health of the children who suffer them. As, again, a great deal of childhood mental health problems are environmental rather than biological.
25/11/2016 15:46 GMT

On Love And Cynicism

As much as humans are social creatures, they are fundamentally creatures of love. It is itself, a motive, goal, and resolution. For many it's a reason to be, and it is the only reason that I think we can combat, or in the very least, remain sane in the constant horrors of our present world.
25/10/2016 11:55 BST

Loneliness: An Appeal for Understanding

Loneliness is not an illness. Like dehydration or hunger it is the body's call for something crucial it lacks, though like an illness it can be debilitating to an individual, stripping them of their happiness and self esteem, not to mention potentially dangerous physical symptoms, such as high blood pressure. It is recognised and certifiably dangerous, and loneliness isn't nearly as talked about as it should be.
17/10/2016 11:57 BST

Calais Volunteering, Dignity, And The Failures Of The First World

What is often forgotten, and left behind in coverage, is that every single refugee, each statistic in some newspaper, is a life that has been absolutely shattered. Now, as their home is once again to be demolished, the lives and futures of each and every refugee in Calais is once again uncertain.
06/10/2016 10:47 BST

Mental Health, The Gender Factor

Countless numbers of people worldwide suffer with some kind of mental health problem; roughly one in four. However there is a notable but hidden disparity between male and female sufferers.
03/10/2016 12:59 BST

The Myth Of The 'Romantic' Suicide

The idea that there is some beauty or romance in suicide, some tortured individual or couple finally freeing themselves from pain and suffering is irresponsible. Were all suicides talked about as they should (and often are) as cataclysmic, moments of human suffering, then it is quite possible there would be fewer.
06/09/2016 16:38 BST

Corbyn, Smith, And The Mental Health Crisis

The UK is in a mental health crisis. Millions of people all across the country suffer in some way with mental health issues. In treatment they face long waits and insufficient care. Many regions are without the correct services to treat people. People are misdiagnosed and ignored.
30/08/2016 17:07 BST