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#StopDithering: A call to the UK Government to ban Conversion Therapy

#StopDithering: A call to the UK Government to ban Conversion Therapy

Breaking News, Gender, Health, Law, London, UK news
Consultation period on legalizing the ban on conversion therapy in the UK has been extended by another eight weeks. The proposal to ban the conversion therapy was created in October, when the equalities minister requested people to submit their views on this idea within six weeks. After the threats of a legal challenge, the period was extended by another two months. https://youtu.be/8RBVTB3hoyI Credit: Hirna Trivedi and Neha Suryavanshi What is conversion therapy? Credit: Mermaid UK According to NHS, conversion therapy, which can also be called ‘reparative therapy’ or ‘gay cure therapy', is an act of trying to change or suppress someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity. NHS and other organizations have called this kind of practices ‘unethical and potentially harmf
Teachers feeling stressed and over worked due to pandemic.

Teachers feeling stressed and over worked due to pandemic.

Covid-19, Education, Health, London, Student
With inadequate mental health support many teachers are feeling overwhelmed and under pressure to keep up with their day-to-day work load. This is due to the on going pandemic and uncertain government guidelines. Photo by Nik Shuliahin on Unsplash The announcement of a second lockdown in October, meant that shops restaurants and several other establishments were forced to close down. However, essential workers including teachers were amongst the few still expected to work.  With unclear and unreliable government guidelines, It has become increasingly difficult for teachers to implement safety measures in place to protect themselves and students. This in turn is affecting the mental wellness of educators. According to an investigation by education support, there has genera...
Do you feel happy to live in the digital age?

Do you feel happy to live in the digital age?

Media, Social media, Tech, Technology
The World Happiness report released on 20th March. The Rank of the UK has increased to 15th place since 2013. (Data from the World Happiness report; Graph: Bowei) The measurement involves many factors such as GDP, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom and corruption levels.   The top three happiest countries are Finland, Denmark, Norway. Among them, Finland was a second year to be the happiest countries in the world.   In the digital era, people spend more time on social media. Based on the recent UK social media statistic, there are 45 million social media users, which is equal to 67% of the entire population. Of these, there are 39 million mobile social media users. On average, people in the UK spend about 1 hour 50 minutes on social media sites
Greenwich stabbing: Why are the young carrying knives nowadays?

Greenwich stabbing: Why are the young carrying knives nowadays?

Breaking News, crime, crime, Culture, London, London Mayor, News, NHS, ReportingWeek2, Social media, Student
London Mayor Sadiq Khan today announced a £600,000 grant from website to help charities tackle youth violence, shortly after an 18-year-old boy was stabbed to death at a flat in Greenwich town centre last Saturday. Due to the reduction of the police force? According to the statistics released by the Office for National Statistics, knife crime has surged by 16 per cent in the UK, compared with figure 12 months earlier. Figures from Metropolitan Police showed so far there have been at least 128 violent deaths in London, up from 116 in early 2018. The total of 14,987 knife crimes is among a high of 25,0287 violent offences recorded. Source: Metropolitan Police Cressida Dick, the head of Metropolitan Police, said early this year in a hearing that a whole series of social issues contrib
Help Musicians UK’s new mental health service includes counseling

Help Musicians UK’s new mental health service includes counseling

Breaking News, DontUse, Explainers, Health, LifeStyle, Music, musicians
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
New support line launches for musicians

New support line launches for musicians

DontUse, Health, Music, musicians
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

Helping people Thrive in London

London
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
How a Facebook page helped young Londoner cope with depression, anxiety

How a Facebook page helped young Londoner cope with depression, anxiety

London, News, Social media
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
Mental Health: Is the treatment gap affecting you?

Mental Health: Is the treatment gap affecting you?

Health
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...