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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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How To Survive Fresher’s Flu Season

Lectures interrupted by a continuous string of raspy coughs; Sainsbury’s shelves decimated of Lem-Sip. That slight sniffle, and tickle in the back of your throat; the dreaded “Fresher’s Flu” season is finally upon us. Whilst getting ill during this time seems almost inevitable, a few simple (and cheap) adjustments can help your body navigate the tapestry of germs it fights each time you step […]

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Pandemic passions: making time out count

A brand new 2020 diary, scrumptiously leather-bound with gorgeous thick paper waiting for my scrawling hand. Fast forward to March 2021 and this diary is practically empty. My concept of time has been completely rehashed, all tasks rotating around the small circle of kitchen-desk-bathroom. My social calendar is blank and my scheduled hours at University […]

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Recovering My Motivation in Just One Week: Brainzyme Review

Saying everything sucks won’t make everything suck less, but making small changes to your life will. Here’s how one small change made my life suck a bit less, in just one week. It was November last year; everything felt really hard, reading was tedious, writing was impossible. And the closest I got to recreation was […]

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Voices meet The 93% Club Edinburgh

The 93% Club Edinburgh strives to represent the interests of the state-educated population in Edinburgh, addressing the imbalance that comes when further education is disproportionately preferential towards privately educated students from privileged backgrounds. The 93% Club Edinburgh hope to provide support and educate along the way, back in January we spoke to Lucie Greaves (President) […]

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A letter to those searching for certainty

CW: Description of OCD related compulsions and thoughts We live inside our heads, don’t we? The familiar voice of our internal dialogue is our only constant companion through life, aiding our decisions and comforting us. So, what do we do when that internal voice, that intrinsic and unquestioned sense of self becomes hijacked? What do […]

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Curbing Coronavirus Spending

It is no surprise that with increased time at home and little to no activities to fill that time with, I find myself scrolling through a seemingly endless array of online shops. I might not be spending money on meals out or drinks with my friends, but the amount I’m spending online is definitely on […]

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The art of decluttering: mentally, physically and digitally

It doesn’t really need to be stated that the world is getting pretty hectic and crazy just now. With all the uncertainty and chaos going on, it’s more important than ever to look after ourselves and those around us. Being stuck inside may not be the Meadows BBQ’s and European holidays we had planned for […]