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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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Caroline Flack’s death: another indication of bias in the media?

Grief and rage took over the public when Caroline Flack’s death was announced on February 15th. Many expressed that the former television presenter’s life shouldn’t have ended when it did or the way it did, and as a result are now demanding justice and empathy for the treatment received by celebrities nowadays.   As the long-standing […]

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Male suicide and the ‘crisis of masculinity’

Content warning: suicide. One could say that the concept of masculinity is like Fight Club: the first rule is that you don’t talk about it. Indeed, this curious comparison is more pertinent than it may first appear; the inability of men to express their state of mind leaves a vast demographic of people ‘battered and […]

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This Week in History: Sylvia Plath is born

October 27 marks the 85th anniversary of the birth of Sylvia Plath, a poet and novelist whose work retains an iconic status even 54 years after her death. Plath was born in Boston in 1932 to Otto Plath and Aurelia Schober and grew up by the sea. Trauma cut into her early childhood, however, with […]

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Fragile Man

In recent years, we have found ourselves talking more often about the importance of improving mental health and removing the unfair stigma associated with conditions like depression. Yet there are still some subjects that we struggle to discuss; one of them being the rising number of male suicides. In Fragile Man, David Martin and Richard […]