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Review: This is Going to Hurt

Ben Whishaw during an interview for “Mary Poppins Returns”

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Scots suffering from eating disorders need more support

TW: eating disorders According to Dr Stephen Anderson, Chairman of the Eating Disorders Faculty of Psychiatrists in Scotland, “eating disorders are the deadliest and most lethal of mental health conditions.” Current services for treatment and support in Scotland are unequal across the country and are underfunded.  Maddy Wallace, a student reading Medicine at The University […]

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Lifestyle

The pill: past and present

2021 marks 60 years since the pill was first made available to women in the UK. It is fair to say that the pill has changed our society and women’s place in it, affording us the ability to choose when to start a family, to have control over painful periods, to pursue further education or […]

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New NHS data shows drastic rise in mental health crises amongst teenage girls

Before Covid-19, mental health issues for teenagers were rapidly on the increase, adding to already harrowing growing pains.  The pandemic has seen the mental states of youth fall drastically as the usual pressures of teenage life now have an added element of social isolation.  NHS England data show that teenage girls’ hospital admissions for self-harm […]

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Vaccine rollout continues across Scotland

The Scottish government looks set to deliver on its promise to vaccinate all vulnerable people by 5 February, the Health Secretary has announced. Speaking on Friday morning, Jeane Freeman stated that she was confident that the government’s initial target would be met by the end of the day, with all care home residents, frontline health […]

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Problematising martyrdom of NHS workers

CW: anti-Blackness Gwendolyn Brooks’ marvellous poem Negro Hero is a dramatic monologue for Doris ‘Dorie’ Miller, a Black American sailor honoured ‘for distinguished devotion to duty, extraordinary courage and disregard for his own personal safety during the attack on Pearl Harbour – December 7, 1941. The poem is significant as an early entrance of Black […]

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Death anxiety in a Covid-ridden world

Fearing death isn’t trivial, in fact, it is probably the most rational fear of any happy mind. If someone enjoys life, it is reasonable that they want more of it, or inversely, that they don’t wish for it to end. But death will happen to all of us one day, and that my friends, is […]

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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 […]