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Lifestyle

Combatting post-uni panic

It’s that time of year again; deadlines aplenty thrust at students with seemingly reckless abandon, grad job application deadlines rearing their ugly heads, and graduation looming just around the corner for those in their final year. Ah, graduation: that ominous threshold that marks the boundary between youthful irresponsibility and facing that dreaded question: “Have you […]

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Features

Loneliness in lockdown

The student population is suffering… Over three weeks into the third national lockdown, many students are struggling with the presence of loneliness as they try to continue with their lives from a distance. Said to be a pandemic running parallel to that of Covid-19, loneliness is an issue often relegated to the lives of the […]

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Comment

University of Edinburgh called upon to stop ‘behavioural despair tests’ on mice

CW: depression, suicide The Ferret (an investigative journalism outfit) has reported that animal rights groups, including Peta, have urged Edinburgh University to stop using the ‘behavioural despair test’. Behavioural despair tests, or Porsolt swim tests, which from now on will be called Forced Swim Tests (FST) are a widely used experiment to measure the efficacy […]

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The Covid-19 pandemic is desperately worsening our mental health crises

CW: suicide There is no doubt that the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated into a mental health pandemic. With the pervasiveness and uncertainty of coronavirus comes psychological and physical effects, fuelling anxieties and intensifying existing disorders. The virus can only worsen mental stability, as any individual can catch the infection. The dichotomy between the increase in […]

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Editorial

Thrust into the absurd, why must we keep carrying on?

So how was everyone’s summer? Did everyone have a fun time accomplishing lots and feeling comfortable about the state of the world? The last time I wrote an editorial to be published in print my biggest frustration was the response to the UCU strikes (anyone remember those?) and the hijinks of the Democratic primary. Less […]

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Features

Mental health support in schools: is it enough?

We are used to reading headlines warning us that the mental health of children and young people is ‘at crisis point’. Rates of anxiety, depression and self-harm are soaring, leaving vulnerable young people on waiting lists unable to access support. A recent poll by the National Association of Head Teachers reveals that in 2019, 66% […]

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TV

Bojack Horseman: Is this the end of an era?

The summer after my junior year of high school, I was in between TV shows and in search of a mindless comedy to pass the time while I searched for a serious drama to binge-watch. One fateful day, I stumbled upon a cartoon about an anthropomorphic horse on Netflix. The show seemed silly enough, so […]

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Lifestyle Wellbeing

Seasonal Affective Disorder: how to beat those winter blues

As the days get shorter and the dark nights draw in particularly early over Edinburgh, many of us eagerly look forward to the upcoming festivities that winter promises, however for 1 in 15 Britons, this is sadly not the case. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of clinical depression that occurs in a seasonal […]