Inner City Communities: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder & Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

“So many man my age have PTSD and they don't even know it” What is PTSD & what is Generalised Anxiety Disorder? Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events. The condition affects roughly 1 in 3 individuals and it can develop immediately, weeks or even years…

The Imperfect Reflection

Having just handed in my dissertation on the presence of patriarchal stereotypes and female objectification in Disney films, I began to think about how my exposure to the portrayal of perfection has impacted the way I see myself. Self-criticism is something I think everyone faces. Black, white, male or female, I believe everyone looks at…

The Person With The Biggest Smile

Hey, my name is Hajera and I wanted to share my story on depression and anxiety from childhood. I come from an Asian-Bangladeshi background and I grew up as a Muslim. I have 2 older sisters and 1 older brother who is autistic. From my earliest memories I have of life, my life at home…

Why are 3 out of 4 Suicides Men?

- Progress that has already occurred and solutions - Men and mental health Suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 45. In 2015, 75% of suicides registered in the UK were men. It’s important that despite all the great progress occurring we continue to push towards tackling this problem within our…

A Silence in the Black Community Around Mental Health?

Introduction – the effects of institutionalised racism, wealth inequalities and social structures In all communities within the UK and around the world there is a silence around mental health, it’s a societal and worldwide issue. From research I have done, conversations with peers about experiences, as well as learning about it last year one in…

Does University Worsen your Mental Health?

- The education system & wellbeing - Introduction Throughout the early stage of our lives we spend a lot of time, if not the majority, at school. From primary, secondary and all the way to university. 9am – 4pm, 5 days a week, 40+ weeks a year. It’s routine and it’s the way we are…

Silent Poison II: Behind the Smile

What am I doing in life? Do I even know where I'm going? Why am I in Uni? What am I doing wrong?! Sometimes, it just all gets a bit too much you know. Feeling like life is coming at you so fast - so much to do but no idea where to start. Seeing…

My ACL experience

“Minor setback, major comeback”. I have said this a lot in my journey, far too much for my liking, at  this point ‘Major Setback minor comeback’  is seeming a lot more accurate. 2 steps forward and another step back, hard luck I guess. My very own wilderness experience. I begin my first draft of this blog at 4:37am unable to sleep because of my own anxiety. Tonight it’s anxiety, tomorrow it’ll be overwhelming regret or deep…

The Perception of Black Masculinity

- By Dillon Adabie I’ve been going back and forth on whether I should start writing, due to the fact that I don’t know if I’m ready to actually share my feelings on the internet. But it’s 10:44pm, I’ve just got a trim and I’m feeling inspired, so here we go... There are very few…

Consent.

I was raped twice within four months of my first year at university. What a way to start a blog post lol. But by God’s grace, I’m writing this as someone that’s doing pretty well on my journey of healing from trauma. Consent is something I’ve been wanting to raise awareness about for a while.…

A Tribute to Nipsey: What Legacy Will You Leave Behind?

In light of the recent passing of rapper Nipsey Hussle who was commonly known for his philanthropic work in his community, his greatest success was that he stayed and nurtured others. He wasn’t just a rapper with a title, he used his position and influence to serve his community which will forever go down in…

Silent Poison I: Behind the Smoke

Mental health... A concept that completely flew over my head growing up. “I don’t know how people end up in that state”, “surely they have people around them to talk to?” This pretty much summed up my outlook on mental health - naivety at its finest. It wasn’t until I entered the mythical world known…