So many talented people become frozen by the fear of their creations not being good enough. I hope this essay can help you overcome your self-doubt and discover the artist your heart knows that you are.
The world needs your art, now more than ever.
As a support worker, I am trained to use person-first language when discussing autism, and to refer to clients as being a 'person with autism'. I have been forced to question this, and to consider whether the language we use is beneficial, or whether it could inadvertently be causing harm.
As the entire mainland UK is placed into Tiers 3 and 4, the question is whether this nuanced approach is the best way to tackle Covid-19. This essay explores my thoughts on what the country should do.
On Thursday, 18th June 2020, the wonderful soul known as Mr. Blue went to sleep for the final time. I just wanted to pay tribute to my dog, because he deserves to be known, and he deserves to be remembered.
He was the best dog.
As the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund prepares to make Newcastle United its star signing, Newcastle fans should realise that money and glory comes at a price, one they will regret paying.
I've voted Labour all my life. This time out, I could not justify it, for various reasons. This is why.
Last Thursday, the rumour became official: No Thrills were splitting up. Following the sad news, I wanted to write about the band, what they meant to me, and how they changed my life. This is something anyone who has ever loved a band can relate to.
In the immediate aftermath of Robin Williams' death, I wrote this essay about how the rising epidemic of suicide will become a plague of biblical proportions, unless we, as people, take responsibility for changing our society.
There is so much advice out there for people who suffer from depression, but so little support for the loved ones of people with mental illness. This essay was written to help them. If someone you know is struggling, please have a read.
I always thought I knew what depression was. Then, one day, it turned my life upside down.
When people are struggling, they are often advised to seek counselling. If you have never done so before, it can be scary to think of opening up to a stranger. This essay explains why it will help you to do so.
This open letter was written for a wonderful book called 'The Recovery Letters,' written by people who have suffered with mental illness to those who are suffering. It was an honour to contribute towards it, and it is highly recommended for anyone who struggles with mental illness.
Outsiders looking in wonder why victims stay with their abuser, why they don’t walk away after the first time. They stay because the emotional violence inflicted removes hope. The abuser convinces you that nobody else would want you, and that you cannot survive on your own.
Understanding why some self-harms is so difficult if you've never done it yourself. I hope this essay can help offer some insight into why people feel the need to hurt themselves. The reasons are probably different to what you'd imagine.
It's so difficult when you realise someone you care about self-harms. Here is some advice on how best to support them.