Health

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 …

#Next100Years: A Bloody Novel Way to Tackle Period Poverty

I remember fighting with my Nana when I first got my period. Not just because I was hormonal as f*ck, but because she kept insisting that I use pads when I was determined to try tampons! Despite our monthly bickering, I was lucky. Bloody lucky. I was young, but still fortunate …

The Importance of Good Sex Education

I’m a 14 year old girl in an RE classroom in the roughest high school in the area. Apparently we have the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Europe; but I’ve heard that about most areas. I’m with the top set group as usual, so it’s assumed that we’ll be the …

Lady Gaga and the Complexities of Chronic Pain

On Thursday 1st February 2018, our entertainment editor Becki saw Lady Gaga perform live at Birmingham’s Genting Arena. We didn’t know it then, but it was the last date she would perform on her Joanne World Tour. Two days later, she announced the cancellation of the rest of the tour …