Health

The Taboo of Partner Postnatal Depression

Trigger warning: Postnatal depression, including mentions of suicide, self harm and abusive behaviours. — Coping with the huge life changes and emotions of becoming a parent is nothing new. The whole transition from a loving romantic couple to a family unit is both an exciting and daunting process. However, this …

Stephen Hawking Takes Jeremy Hunt to the High Court

It’s no secret that the NHS is in trouble. The increased cuts in funding has of course had a dire effect on services, and it seems the only solution Jeremy Hunt and the government have is privatisation. NHS England is due to hold a national 12-week consultation on the contracting …

Dear Jamie Oliver, Obesity is Not the Problem, it’s the Symptom

Jamie Oliver is under fire (again) this week for his latest apparent attack on the poor. In an effort to halve ‘childhood obesity’ in Scotland by 2030, Nicola Sturgeon confirmed during a meeting with Jamie Oliver that Scotland will ban price-cutting and two-for-one style promotions on sweets, crisps and other …

It’s Time to Talk About the NHS’ Mental Health Crisis

Trigger warning: terrorism, suicide, mental health issues and treatment. — A little under a year ago, Manchester Arena was attacked by a suicide bomber, and 22 people died, and many more were injured. Money was donated to the survivors, and local and national government made all sorts of promises. But, …

Two Generations of Fibromyalgia

In 1992, 23 year old Sharon McDonagh-Delves gave birth to a baby girl – me. Three months later, following some investigation that started while she was pregnant, her blood test for rheumatoid factor came back positive and she began being treated for Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA), a condition which explained …

Universities Need to Do More to Signpost Mental Health Services

Trigger Warning: This post contains talk of mental health issues, including mentions of suicide and hospitalisation. — For many people, memories of their first year of university are a hazy blur of nights out and late night study sessions; of laughter and freedom and incomparable joy. My memories of first …