The most magical time of the year? TV adverts show perfectly joyful families, and Facebook posts give the impression that
Michelle is an advocate and campaigner for ADHD and mental health issues. ADHD Action is a new national charity started by Michelle to raise awareness, fight stigma and lobby for much needed provision changes. Michelle was diagnosed privately early in 2017, after ADHD nearly claimed her life through suicide. The diagnosis and subsequent treatment transformed her life. She has since been appalled at the lack of understanding and support surrounding the condition across all aspects of society, even amongst medical professionals. In the first few weeks of ADHD Action, Michelle lobbied enough MPs to form the first All Party Parliamentary Group to address issues for both adults and children with ADHD, which launched in January 2018, and is already making an impact. Michelle has a background in the not- for-profit sector and is an international speaker, consultant and member of several boards. She lives in Harrogate with her partner, three daughters and two step-daughters.
12/10/2017 11:50 BST
The Long And The Short Of It: Are Some Schools Failing Our Girls With The Way They Police Skirt Length?
When I complained to the school, I was astonished that this position was defended under the guise of "we are just trying to protect the girls, as there are bad people out there". When I pointed out they were giving the message that their short skirts would make them somehow culpable if they did get attacked, they struggled to see the relationship.
23/01/2017 13:09 GMT
<img alt="tech for good" src="http://i.huffpost.com/gen/4343170/original.jpg" width="300" height="35" /> The key thing I noticed was that once a volunteer gave a bit of time to a cause, they generally then started to give money, or bring their networks in to help, to fundraise, and give other stuff. I dreamt of a technology platform that would bring all that under one roof to facilitate what I was currently doing, patchily, by phone and email.
30/12/2016 16:05 GMT
It's obvious and well documented that technology has a gender problem, and there is a myriad of reasons for this, which I'll address in a different piece. But one of these issues can be partly addressed by breaking down the myth that you need to be a 'full on' coder to make it in technology.
08/03/2016 09:30 GMT
Now you have your dream list and you've found them on advanced search and groups - what next? Be bold. Introduce yourself. Send them a connection request, comment on their group discussion... I'm not a huge fan of cheesy quotes, but this one has always resonated with me: "Doors will be opened to those bold enough to knock."
10/03/2015 00:58 GMT
I would like my children to have an understanding of different religious worldviews, and in turn, I want other kids of all faiths to understand theirs, and how it shapes the choices and decisions they make in life.
09/02/2015 17:22 GMT
About fifteen minutes ago (so it feels like, but according to records it was September 1992) I landed at Lancaster University as a fresher. I can still see it as a film, smell the cleaning fluid corridors, taste the tears, terrified in my bare room, burying into my cuddly panda for comfort. Time to be an adult.
10/10/2014 12:20 BST
Last year I put my house on the market. Mostly, I'm too busy to notice the clutter and untidiness that accompanies the life of a lone mum working full time, but I guessed the prospective viewers might...
20/05/2014 12:24 BST
This morning, pre morning Yorkshire cuppa & in my PJs, I uploaded my bare face to Facebook. Despite my timeline being peppered with contemptuous comments that everyone who takes part is a lazy 'slacktivist', yes, I jumped on the #nomakeupselfie social media bandwagon. Why? Several reasons.
21/03/2014 11:53 GMT
The goal of the Sunday Assembly is to live better, help often & wonder more. To uplift, refresh, help, support. Put a spring in your step. Recognise it can be tough and get together to deal with it.
28/10/2013 11:52 GMT
The sense of pride, belonging and self esteem I felt for the first time in my life aged seven that wet winter evening will <em>never</em> leave me. I was about to make my promise to you, the Girlguiding movement.
23/08/2013 13:20 BST
5am. I am suddenly awake, bolt upright. A strange feeling. I had to get up NOW and do it. I knew I couldn't do anything else until I did. I needed to WRITE. The creative juices that I long to flow when I want them to were bursting through a dam of their own accord.
03/06/2013 22:40 BST
Although I remain sceptical about some herbal treatments, some have been scientifically proven to have bio-active properties and effects on the human body in double blind trials. St. John's Wort, to give one example. Aspirin was originally from willow bark, wasn't it?
24/02/2013 21:51 GMT
Knowing the wit, might and rebellious nature of the Twittersphere. Some ideas are just too dangerous. But go on...try it, Vatican...see what happens. We dare you. Everyone's on Twitter, aren't they?
06/12/2012 14:31 GMT
Ever felt 'thrusted upon'? Unfortunately I have. You're in a hotel room, dressed up and ready. Full of anticipation, glass in hand.
18/05/2012 15:36 BST
I have felt we've lost that sense of people power in recent decades: Until now. Facebook has a global reach of 850 million people. This is an online community with the ability to raise awareness on a scale that is unprecedented.
08/03/2012 13:46 GMT
Thanks Gwyneth. I was having a bad day ANYWAY, until you made me feel even worse. Guilt rears its ugly head enough for us full time working mums, without you wading in to the fray telling us we need to "compromise" to be a mother and run a successful family.
05/02/2012 22:27 GMT
In my headhunting days, I would trawl LinkedIn for suitable candidates. I would make a shortlist of people from initially hundreds after quickly glancing at their online profiles. Shocking? It's no different to doing it in real life.
22/01/2012 23:16 GMT
What if we could prove, with science, that interacting with friends and contacts on Facebook and Twitter has the same benefits to your wellbeing as being down the pub with them?
30/12/2011 21:29 GMT
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