Category Archives: media & communication

Radio raises awareness: The Archers mental health storyline

TweetI recall listening to Radio 4’s The Archers as a teenager on long hot summer afternoons; the “heatwave” summer of 1976 springs to mind. As with listening to cricket, the radio soap helped me to relax and I warmed to … Continue reading

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Drawing and democracy: painting project to boost interest in politics

TweetDid you know Big Ben isn’t the name of the clock or the tower at the Houses of Parliament, but refers to the great bell inside the building? How about the fact that the word “parliament” comes from the French, … Continue reading

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Artists re-imagine iconic Star Wars design to launch new search for missing man

Tweet. July 17 2003, Ancona, northern Italy. A 31-year-old Englishman withdraws 150 Euros from a cash point. This everyday event just over a decade ago has huge significance for the Moore family because it was the last financial transaction Tom … Continue reading

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Social networks and mental health: supportive environment or a stalking ground for cyber-bullies?

TweetBullying crushes a child’s self esteem and confidence. It can leave a child feeling alone, totally helpless, and with no one to turn to. In their childhood innocence and naivety some even blame themselves for their torment. Many schools now … Continue reading

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Breaking taboos about birth

TweetHyper-real images that question cultural attitudes towards women and childbirth form part of a new exhibition opening today. The show at the GV Art gallery by Helen Knowles, Private View: Public Birth, features both figurative and abstract images of women … Continue reading

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Teens teach peers about respect and relationships

TweetLate night on the estate, London. Two hooded and capped teen boys hang out, waiting for a couple of teen girls. Nervously the girls approach. Tiana used to go out with Stigz, but she’s not sure about this new guy … Continue reading

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How the media must mind mental health

TweetStephen Fry’s recent disclosure of his attempted suicide last year highlights that mental illness does not discriminate between the “haves” and “have nots”, the famous and the “ordinary”. None of us are immune from the feelings Fry described. The representation … Continue reading

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Pertti, punk and pedicures

Tweet“I need a little respect and equality in my life” “Decision-makers are cheaters, they suck..they don’t give a sh*t about us disabled” “I don’t want to live in a group home, I don’t want to live in an institution” “They … Continue reading

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Photo project promotes Roma and new migrant culture

TweetThe intriguing photographs here are from those in a new exhibition created by children from Roma, Slovak and Polish communities in east London, The works, created using pinhole photography, have been produced by 12 young people aged eight to 14 … Continue reading

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Fragile X on film: how Mission to Lars could change attitudes

Tweet“Oh really? But she’s so good at dance” was the response of an acquaintance who misheard my explanation that my daughter Raana has fragile X syndrome – she thought I’d said “fragile legs”. Amusing though this incident from a few … Continue reading

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