Why My Son Needs Feminism

by Jendella Benson Once upon a time I seriously considered not having children. “Why bring an innocent life into this world of tragedy and pain?” I reasoned. Now, as a mother-to-be, the thought of what this world has to offer my child still scares me, and yet the thought of what my child has to… Read More

The Bastardization of Mental Illness

by Maira Butt The killer in the recent Charleston shootings is already having his horrific racist actions deconstructed under the guise of mental health problems. Already, his case is being treated as nuanced and complex, his history, upbringing, personality and background are being dealt with gently, with a judge even sympathising with his family for… Read More

The language of distress: Black women’s mental health and invisibility

by Guilaine Kinouani I felt privileged to read Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s powerful words on depression. The piece, reportedly published in error, has now been removed. The courage and honesty it took for her to come forward and describe her experience with such intimate detail was truly moving. To a large degree, I was not surprised… Read More

The Courage of Zayn Malik and Why Strong Men Cry

by Huma Munshi   On the face of it Zayn Malik leaving One Direction shouldn’t really resonate. At 34 years old, I am past fawning over boy bands. Even when I should have been gripped by Take That fever, I had a lot more affinity with the music of old codgers like Bob Dylan and Leonard… Read More

Becoming Transgender

Content note: Discussion of suicide by Lawrence Richardson September 2001 stands out in most people’s minds because of what happened to the World Trade Center in New York. The only thing I remember from that month is trying to kill myself. I had it all planned out. I wrote letters to my family, divided up… Read More

Brown girls don’t get eating disorders

by Anonymous “You have such a beautiful face; if only you lost weight it would not be such a waste” said one ‘auntie’ to me when I was 6 years old. Soon after, I heard two of my mother’s friends pull her aside and say “You have to watch her weight no one wants a… Read More

Loneliness, anger and learning to let go

By Huma Munshi I find summers a difficult time. Most people struggle in the winter with Seasonal Affective Disorder but, for me, it is the summer. It could be because three summers ago my mental health deteriorated quite seriously and, for the first time in my life, I was unable to take care of myself. I… Read More

Does Canada damage black people? | Part 2

“When You’re Strange” by Zetta Elliott  PART II I felt like a stranger in my family—and in my country of origin, Canada—long before my father ever spoke those hurtful words. Orville Douglas is a dark-skinned, gay, Black man and no doubt his experience of discrimination in Toronto is informed by his identity, his personality, and—I suspect—his… Read More

Orgasms, Virginity and My Mad Fat Diary

 by Huma Munshi Trigger warning for one description of self-harm Madness is but a sleight of hand The line is so faint It is mere good fortune That today I write Today I accomplish Tomorrow I may crumble Into smithereens[1] Rae in My Mad Fat Diary has a new boyfriend and he is helping her… Read More

Dear @Nick_Clegg: Don’t play politics with mental health

by Huma Munshi Dear Nick Clegg, Last week you gave a speech pledging “to give people with mental health conditions the support they need”. As I heard this, I was struck by your shameless audacity, to play politics with mental health. Let me tell you why your comments particularly jar. I have been a recipient… Read More