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#WearRedDay

This month will see the country turning red, not for Valentine’s day, but in support of Congenital Heart Disease awareness.  Established in the U.K. by the Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire based Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, the day helps to raise awareness and funding to help children and adults born with congenital heart disease – funding equipment and further research. Congenital heart disease – also referred … Continue reading #WearRedDay

World Soil Day: How to tackle soil pollution with 1 action

Editor | Cassandra Lau This week kicked off with World Soil Day which is celebrated annually on the 5th December at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations headquarters in Rome. This year’s focus was on soil pollution, a “virtually invisible” impact of the changes people have made to our planet. Soils are a “nearly forgotten resource,” says FAO Director General José Graziano da … Continue reading World Soil Day: How to tackle soil pollution with 1 action

Why the World Does Not Accommodate Male Mental Health: A Movember Reflection

Opinion & Debates Editor | Nicholas Ross Movember is an NGO whose missions are raising awareness for male issues like male mental health and prostate cancer and donating to relevant groups. For the last few years it has funded millions of pounds worldwide to donate to organisations such as The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. Its aims are noble but imply a sad reality about … Continue reading Why the World Does Not Accommodate Male Mental Health: A Movember Reflection

‘Know Your Status’: World AIDS Day 30 Years On

Film Editor | Graciela Mae Chico Forty years after the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s, an estimated 36.9 million people worldwide are still living with HIV. Despite AIDS-related deaths reducing to more than 51% – since its peak in 2001 – it is estimated that the illness still caused almost a million deaths in 2017. (UNAIDS.org) This year the fight to defeat  HIV and AIDS … Continue reading ‘Know Your Status’: World AIDS Day 30 Years On

World Tolerance Day 2018: Understanding Intolerance is Key.

Featured Photograph: During the time of Apartheid in South Africa, when black people were denied their basic human and political rights, two youngsters of different races forge a connection in Cape Town. / UN Photo (1982) Editor | Cassandra Lau   World Tolerance Day marks the 16th November every year as a day to generate public awareness of the dangers and unacceptability of intolerance. “Tolerance … Continue reading World Tolerance Day 2018: Understanding Intolerance is Key.

Diabetes Awareness Month: When mental and physical health intersect

Arts Editor | Mimi Markham Content warning: eating disorders The narrative is familiar: student mental illness is a growing problem. In the last ten years, first year students who report they suffer from a mental illness has increased fivefold. 75% of mental illnesses are established by the age of 25 and, as many students arrive as teenagers, there is no doubt universities must acknowledge their … Continue reading Diabetes Awareness Month: When mental and physical health intersect

The Taboo of Mental Health in Asian Culture

Student Writer | Alexa Tecson We’ve all heard the jokes, we’ve all seen the stereotypes, we’ve all witnessed the complaints: ‘As an Asian, our career choices are doctor, lawyer, engineer or disgrace to family. ‘Only 90% in exam? I have no son’. And my personal favorite, ‘Why did you get B? You’re A-sian not B-sian’. Unfortunately, the humor from these jokes come from a place … Continue reading The Taboo of Mental Health in Asian Culture

Who Picked My Tea?

Editor | Cassandra Lau   When I first landed in London in 2012, I recall walking into a souvenir store with dim white lights, and overstocked shelves of snowglobes, stationary, cups, plates, clothing and you name it. Amongst all the clutter of miniature London attractions, the one thing that stood out to me was the slogan, Keep Calm & Drink Tea. Back when the 1939 … Continue reading Who Picked My Tea?