On 20th January, 2017, Djodjo Nsaka was found dead with a single stab wound to his chest near his university’s halls of residence in Wembley. At just 19, he became London’s first young victim of knife crime in the year. With 35 under-25 deaths on record, 2017 is the worst year for knife crime in the UK in nearly a decade, and the third worst since 1977. Of these, 18 teenagers and children were killed by a knife in London this year, making it the city’s second worst year on record since the 1970s. While discussions around London’s knife crime crisis abound, a look at data and interviews with people points to a simple explanation: government austerity created knife-crime. Negative reinforcement from the public made it worse. To make matters worse, London has now managed to alienate the
Help Musicians UK (HMUK), a charity for professional musicians, has launched a 24/7 helpline to support musicians mental health. Music Minds Matter, is free and offers services such as emotional support, advice in getting a diagnosis, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and counseling among others. Can music make you sick? A study about working in the music industry, commissioned by HMUK found that the creative industry can be responsible for adding to mental health issues. This goes beyond depression and suicide. Addiction and eating disorders are also prevalent in the music industry. A separate study indicates that 1 in 3 professional musicians have suffered from an eating disorder. And with the growing number of sexual assault accusations in the entertainment industry, it may com
Help Musicians UK have created a new support helpline for individuals working in the music industry who suffer from mental health issues. The 24-hour phone service, which is a part of their #MusicMindsMatter campaign, is a resource where musicians can get counselling for their emotional and psychological problems. There is a lot of attention being placed on mental health in the music industry since the suicide of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington in mid-July. According to Help Musicians UK, about 1 in 4 individuals will or have suffered from mental health issues. For information about mental health, visit Health Music UK's website Or if you want someone to talk to, call: 0808 802 8008 https://twitter.com/HelpMusiciansUK/status/937612842366373889 [Featured Image: Help
Samantha is on medication and has been waiting for nearly five months to see an expert for her psychotherapy session. It has been difficult for her, but she wants to keep her hopes high. "I've been feeling the blues for quite some time now, and my medicine is not helping me much," she says. Samantha has dysthymia, which is a form of depression. The symptoms of dysthymia are milder than major depression, but last longer- sometimes for years. The disorder responds to talk therapies more than medication. But unfortunately, the waiting period for Samantha is long and she is on heavy medication. When asked about it, she explains: "My medicine is helping me, but I feel worthless and uncared for, almost every day. I feel like talking to someone because I realise I'm young and want to live a happ...
Open for Discovery exhibition at the Crick Institute is a platform to meet with scientists and learn about the future of health and new treatments. Since it was opened back in April until September, nearly 6000 visitors have attended the exhibition. It was supposed to end on October 28th, but it was extended to run until December 9th. This exhibition is the first major exhibition at the Francis Crick Institute that opened last year. Although established quite recently, it’s becoming an important research institute with a global focus. Mel, 28, is a member of the public engagement team at the Crick Institute. She said: “Our key priorities are to engage and inspire the public through exhibitions and events. We have an ambition to be among the top institutes in the world. We
Shane D'Souza, a software engineer, has been treating himself with painkillers for 6 years. When he tries to avoid gulping two codeine containing pain killers frequently at work, the withdrawal symptoms consist of this unbearable pain. Ultimately he has no choice, but, to surrender to his addiction. From migraines to arthritis there is a pill available for every condition today, but, with a heavy price to pay. More and more people in the UK are becoming victims of an unseen addiction, The addiction to painkillers. While painkillers provide relief for acute conditions, a wide group of people misuse are dependent on them for long term, chronic pain relief. Opioid painkillers, such as those containing codeine, are known to initiate a dependency in the long run. According to Neal Patel ...
Alice* is a senior lecturer in a very traditional career. She has been in the academia for ten years now, but since 2015 she is also performing as Zumba instructor. According to several researches and the campaign #ThisGirlCan, Zumba is an excellent exercise for people’s body and mind. Still, Alice does not want to disclose her hobby as she fears being taken less seriously in her work environment. It's Tuesday evening and Alice arrives in London wearing a formal office outfit. She just got off from the train that brings her to the city after a long commute. Alice has to change clothes quickly, she has a Zumba class to teach in half an hour. “It’s always nice to come when you have a Zumba class in the evening”. Alice did her PhD in London, got a full time job and then a position as
The National Health Service (NHS) Confederation states that every 36 hours over 1 million patients are seen by the NHS. This clearly impersonates that the service is being used at a high demand and is regularly in use. The NHS was formed on the 5th July 1948 and aimed to provide a good standard healthcare for every citizen. However, presently, only after around 60 years, debates on the privatisation of the NHS have risen, leading to marches and protest on “save our NHS”. These marches included people who were wishing to have a high-quality service by the NHS which would be under democratic control. Moreover, they also wanted it to be a care free at the point of use. Other additional wants included to oppose Conservative Party privatisation drive and remove the Private Finance Initiative
It's official. UK lactose intolerants are cheering and hipsters are more mainstream than ever. Dairy-free milks have been added for the first time ever to the inflation basket. The results published by the Office for National Statistics included soya and almond milk to a list which the main purpose is to serve as a reference of the actual consumer trends. The Office and several analysts point out that this may have happened due to the recent growth of "free-from" diets such as Veganism. A new wave of millennials addicted to new trends and worried about their health have pushed these products up to the top of the list. Every day we see in supermarkets how new meat-free, gluten-free or dairy-free options appear on the shelves, on most occasions, at a high value. This can be explained as a
With the country facing harsh financial climate, hundreds of charities in London are striving to create a better environment for local people. Despite their efforts, a new survey now shows that all of them are in danger. How do local charities function and achieve their goals in London? What are the dangers that are stopping them from thriving? Leah Robertson joined Mind in Harrow just over a year ago with a burning passion. Passion to help those in need, especially those who suffer from mental health issues. With experience in working at mental health care homes, she holds a postgraduate diploma in Mental Health Nursing from King's College London. She is currently the coordinator of the Support & Wellbeing Information Service Harrow (SWiSH), and is in charge of supporting people wit