Mental Health And The National Health Service

Alyssa Shepherd discusses the growing mental health crisis in the UK and our NHS's inability to cope with the strain. This is partly down to facilities and funding but it is also to do with the structure of the system and the attitude to mental health in general. Alyssa suggests that we adopt elements of the Finnish system, which incorporates an online system that would streamline appointment-making and provide self-care tips and approaches to psychotherapy.

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Sports and Physical Disabilities - a Guide for the Able-Bodied

Lucy Beal Lott writes about keeping fit and doing sports whilst also managing her physical disability. She discusses the lack of media attention given to disabled athletes and how this shapes the able-bodied view of disability and sport. She says that, while contact sports can be more of a risk for her, this does not mean that she is not able to play or that minor alterations can't be made. She also discusses the effect that other people's reactions to her engaging in physical exercise has had on her attitude towards sports. 

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When and How to Take a Mental Health Break

Amaan Akhtar gives some calming advice on when, how and why to take a break now and again. He emphasises our high-pressure, ultra-efficient lives, and how these mean that we often neglect our mental health. He recommends taking the odd day off and making sure you schedule half an hour a day to dedicate to something you enjoy.

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Making Giving a Year-Round Habit

Emily Stamp praises the atmosphere of giving and kindness around the festive period, but questions why we don't extend this attitude to our daily lives in general. Emily advocates a movement of greater general kindness amongst humanity and reminds us that individuals making small adjustments, en masse can make a huge difference. It has been proven that kindness and concentrating one's efforts on generosity is highly beneficial to our happiness, so if everybody made a greater effort to be kind and giving the world would be a happier place in more ways than one. 

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