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Eating Disorders in Film

The problem with superficial dramatisations of mental illness CW: Eating disorders Mental illness is notably challenging to portray in film. Depicting the long and painful struggle of such an illness is almost impossible to fit within the time frame of a (give-or-take) 3-hour film. As a result, films choose to dramatise and simplify their portrayals, […]

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Bullying and Racism in the Workplace

Bullying is often not acknowledged within the workplace; it’s brushed under the rug, and its victims are told to grow a thicker skin. Workplace bullying is the targeted mistreatment by individuals who exploit their position, power, and privilege to emotionally harm those in marginalised positions. Black women are victims of workplace harassment and bullying, often […]

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The ‘Trend’ In Publishing Mental Health Books For Children

Much has been said about young people’s unprecedented mental health crisis, particularly over the past two years, and for a good reason. Youngminds.org.uk report that “1 in 6 children aged five to sixteen have a diagnosable mental health problem, ” making up five children in every classroom. It is a poignant figure and one that […]

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“The system needs to change” – Inside the University’s Mental Health Crisis

Over-subscribed and under-resourced – a mental health service struggling to cope. This is the picture that emerges from conversations with students across the University of Edinburgh. Not that poor student mental health is a recent phenomenon, or one specific to Edinburgh. A 2017 Institute for Public Policy research report found that the number of students […]

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Voices

Conscious Edinburgh: In conversation with Voices

Conscious Edinburgh is a student-led mental health charity at the University of Edinburgh. Their main focus to provide students with a safe-space on campus to support their mental health. The Student spoke to Co-Presidents Aiyana Tandon and Iain Choyce, and Secretary David Bourne about how lockdown is impacting student mental health and ways we can […]

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“The services failed me”: investigation discovers university giving cold shoulder to vulnerable students

CW: suicide, racial violence “The funding and structure of the services failed me.” These are the words of ‘Hannah’, a current second-year student, who, in winter 2019, contacted university support services for help after her mental health significantly deteriorated. She was experiencing severe suicidal ideation as a culmination of previous complex mental health issues, the […]

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Lifestyle

World Mental Health Day in collaboration with @mentalhealthedinburgh

On the 10th of October, we celebrate World Mental Health Day. Regardless of spreading awareness of the importance of mental health, there is undoubtedly a certain stigma around it. Still, some might ignore this problem, not due to ignorance but simply due to lack of knowledge of where to start. The abundance of university work […]

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Art Culture

Out of Sight, Out of Mind at Summerhall

‘Out Of Sight Out Of Mind’: a phrase often used in order to distract someone or suppress a fear or concern. The yearly exhibition of the same title held at Summer Hall, however, employs its title ironically, aiming to confront that toxic mentality and demonstrate that mental health can’t just be boxed away at your […]