Carrie Fisher: Mental Health Advocate

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“Because I grew up in a public family, I never really had a private life. And so if those issues are going to be public, I would rather them to be public the way I’ve experienced them rather than someone else assuming things about me. It’s freeing to do it. Shame is not something I […]

Elementary School: Arthur Conan Doyle’s home becomes special needs school

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After years of uncertainty over its future, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former home Undershaw will finally open as a special needs school. Undershaw is located in Hindhead, Surrey, and was built by Doyle to accommodate for his wife Louise’s tuberculosis.  The building was designed by architect Joseph Henry Ball.  Undershaw has 14 bedrooms and has […]

The Department of Ability

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“Born to be different – born to save the world!” Dan White’s daughter Emily has spina bifida, incomplete closing of the backbone and membranes around the spinal cord. When she was given her first wheelchair at age 3, Dan tried to find programmes on TV that had characters she could relate to, and was disappointed […]

Game of Thrones’ Hodor

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WARNING: Contains spoilers from Game Of Thrones Season 6. “I would like Hodor to die in the middle of a big speech. The first time ever he stands up to say something different he gets eaten by a wolf. That would be ironic.” – Kristian Nairn He only speaks one word, but he’s one of […]

Zion Shaver: All Or Nothing

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“In wrestling, it’s all or nothing, so if I want something, I just have to go for it and give 100% effort and hopefully I get it.” – Zion Shaver Zion Shaver was born in 1997.  He was born without legs because of caudal regression syndrome, a congenital disorder in which there is abnormal foetal […]

Parity of Esteem

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According to the Centre For Mental Health, mental health problems account for 28% of the burden of disease but only 13% of NHS spending.  Also, people with mental ill health had 3.2 times as many A&E attendances and 4.9 times as many emergency inpatient admissions, with 3.6 times as many potentially preventable admissions, than those […]

Spare Us The Cuts

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In February 2016, NHS England published the report The Five Year Forward View For Mental Health.  The report was made by an independent taskforce, chaired by Mind Chief Executive Paul Farmer.  The taskforce gathered views from 20,000 people to understand what they believed was necessary to change how mental health care is delivered across the […]

Breaking Boundaries

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He’s starred in one of the most acclaimed TV series of all time, is RJ Mitte now the one who opportunity knocks for? Born Roy Frank Mitte III in 1992 in Lafayette, Louisiana, USA, RJ was diagnosed with cerebral palsy aged 3. He initially used leg braces and crutches, but through sports and exercise he […]

Five Steps To Festival Heaven

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According to the Department For Culture, Media & Sport report Taking Part, disabled people make up 15% of live music audiences, and adults with no long-standing illness or limiting disability had a higher arts engagement rate (78.4%) than those with a long-standing illness or disability (73.2%). So, what can we do to make arts and […]

Tech support for mental health

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Dr. Thomas Roland Insel is an American neuroscientist and psychiatrist who has led the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) since 2002.  He worked for the NIMH from 1980-94, researching obsessive-compulsive disorder and the neurobiology of emotion.  As Director, he focused on serious mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, bipolar illness, and major depressive disorder; and […]

A New Hope for equality?

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, due for release in December, is the most eagerly-anticipated film release of the year – and it is also proving a battleground for gender and race issues in Hollywood. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy is the film’s producer, and one of the most senior women in the industry.  Six […]

Doglegs: grappling with stereotypes

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Doglegs, a professional wrestling league for disabled people in Japan, is hoping to gain more exposure thanks to a new documentary film of the same name. The group was formed in Tokyo in 1991, and is run by volunteer organiser Yukinori Kitajima. The group evolved out of a volunteer group for disabled people, when two […]

Get paid to play computer games!

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Launched in 2011, Twitch.tv is an online video streaming service, which currently has 1.5m users worldwide.  Users can watch others playing computer games, and also start their own channel.  Viewers and presenters can communicate using online chat.  Some presenters earn a living through their channel by being made a partner.  Partner accounts charge $4.99 per […]