Another step towards ending mental health stigma in London was taken today with the launch of Thrive in the City. Thrive in the City, with support from Thrive LDN and Mayor Sadiq Khan, hosted a day-long, city-wide event with over 3000 combined hours of mental wellness workshops and activities. Co-founder Julia Hillman explained the goal of Thrive in the City: “What it’s about is trying to create a physical space in the city that’s good for our mental well-being. In order to make sure that physical space provides what people want and need, she considered the launch day of Thrive in the City as the “investigative stage” towards their goals. Thrive in the City spread out across the city with 80 practitioners leading workshops at business and community spaces. The City Hal
Hundreds of people ran to escape from Oxford Circus tube station, where was believed being attacked on Friday evening, only to find it was a false alarm. Shortly after 4.30pm, armed police and officers from British Transport Police and the Metropolitan Police rushed to the Oxford Circus tube station, after received “numerous” 999 calls reporting gunshots on the platform of Oxford Circus Underground station. Hundreds of passengers and shoppers ran out of the tube station where they believed to be attacked on Friday evening, only to find it was a false alarm. https://twitter.com/metpoliceuk/status/934120860943831041 Police said there is 'no evidence of shots fired or casualties' after earlier reports of terrorist attack, other than a woman slightly injured when she fled
Black Friday conjures up images of hordes of customers pushing through shop doors to fight for bargains. But this year, many stores remained nearly empty as the holiday-shopping season kicked off. https://twitter.com/mfarris_CA/status/935188620381745153 https://twitter.com/jackgevertz/status/933978804355256321 I went to St. George’s, the big shopping mall in Harrow, and found it seemed no more busy than usual. Is Black Friday not attractive now? Mohammad Hussain, security guard of St. George’s, said: “People are getting used to Black Friday and starting to realize Black Friday is not what they think it is. I guess that’s why this year there are less people here compared to last year. Last year was slightly busier because Black Friday is a little newer then.” Trick or Treat
As early as 13 years old, Mhairi Potts-Wyatt from London had already contemplated taking her own life. She didn’t even know that was called ‘suicide’ at the time, nor did she understand she was battling depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. But somehow, Potts-Wyatt made it to 21 years old. And she has a Facebook page to thank for it. The Artidote is a social media community founded on Facebook in 2015 by Jovanny Ferreyra. With close to two million followers, the page, as its name suggests, uses art as a means of healing and improving mental health. Each post features a piece of artwork coupled with a quote either from followers, someone anonymous, or a famous personality. Potts-Wyatt, who is in the process of being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, jo
Housing campaigners 'Homes for All-Axe the Act' will rally outside Parliament on November 22nd to demand action against the housing crisis and present their own budget for homes. As Parliament proposes its new budget on Wednesday, Homes For All will implore the government to address long-term under-funding in council housing. In light of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire earlier this year, campaigners will also ask the government to pay for necessary fire safety provisions and further improvements in council homes. Eileen Short, Homes For All spokesperson, said: “The budget on Wednesday is a chance for Government to address the dire housing situation in Britain, which is getting worse with every week that passes. We are demanding a Budget for Homes that really helps invest in a new ge
To celebrate their 70-year marriage, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have been photographed in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle. It is really a milestone that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip have reached their platinum wedding anniversary, becoming the first royal couple to do so, after facing ups and downs over the years including the breakdown of three of their four children’s marriages, and the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Most netizens congratulate them on Twitter. https://twitter.com/allisonfedder/status/932008080035930112 https://twitter.com/BuitragGabriela/status/932617788161638400 We went to Regent Street to ask the public their opinions on the Queen’s long lasting marriage. https://soundcloud.com/tianxing-tang/public-opinion-about-the-queens-ann
Today thousands of people have marched through the center of London in a national rally for Palestine. The demonstration has taken place exactly one century after the Balfour Declaration, the British pledge that supported the creation of State of Israel. Many people have come from all over the UK to demand justice for Palestine. Among them there was also the English director Ken Loach. The march started from Grosvenor Square, in front of the US Embassy. Two hours after, some pro-Israeli protestors tried to counter the demonstration in Oxford Street, and they marched in front of the pro-Palestine protest until the meeting point in Parliament Square. Fortunately, there have been no clashes. In front of the Parliament, many speakers have been expressing their views. For t...