Know your status: why black women need to be proactive about HIV

Susan Cole discusses the need to be aware of communities still at high risk of HIV Read More

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Prevailing racist ideas have given the pharmaceutical industry leeway to experiment on underprivileged people

A Stanford study has showed that abstinence is ineffective in reducing new HIV transmission. But why an unscientific method was even considered is confounding experts; creating bio-ethical issues and putting public health on the line. by Sophie Alal The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, PEPFAR, was launched by ex- president George Bush in… 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

From Birth to Death – Our #NHS

by Glen Chisholm By the law of averages it is highly unlikely that if you’re reading this in the UK, that you have had no experience of the NHS. I’ve had many myself; from being born in an NHS hospital to trips for sports injuries over the years, from treatment for a heart problem to… Read More

“but everybody on TV is white and all the nice people are blonde.”

by Hana Riaz Earlier this summer, my beautiful then five-year-old Nepali nieces sat with me in our garden enjoying the warm and easy sun. What started as a conversation about what happens to melanin when it finds home in all that glorious vitamin d, looking at our skin browner than it’s winter shade, turned into… Read More

The Paradox of Bedlam – Can Entertainment Really Help to Tackle Stigma?

by Huma Munshi Channel 4 launched its documentary series Bedlam recently to share the stories of people who experience significant mental health problems. I watched with interest, as someone who both experiences a number of the issues outlined and who accesses services from the South London and Maudsley. Often our stories are sensationalised with headlines,… Read More

Depression doesn’t discriminate

by Glen Chisholm Depression doesn’t discriminate it can affect anyone of any race, age, class or background. In fact 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem over the course of a year. Suicide is the most common cause of death in men under 35 years old but Depression is… Read More