#LetsTalkBipolar: Eradicating the stigma within ourselves

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Actor, activist and Bipolar UK ambassador April Kelley introduces a Twitter event for Pride Month BY APRIL KELLEY Happy Pride Month my DIVA’s! I’ve teamed up with Bipolar UK this year to tackle the million-dollar question… How do we eradicate stigma? I’m talking both the stigma around sexuality and mental illness. It’s a double whammy [….]

MUSIC: LAKY on mental health and coming to terms with her sexuality

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“I owe it to my younger self to shout it from the bloomin’ rooftops!” INTERVIEW BY HARRIET ARGENT, WORDS BY MARTINE HESS Just in time for Mental Health Awareness Week, LAKY has released her first single, Saving Me. In a powerful yet vulnerable voice, she addresses her personal struggles with mental health and hopes her [….]

Super Connected: Is social media messing with mental health?

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Released in time for Mental Health Awareness Week UK, Tim Arnold’s new music project is a must Super Connected is the brand new feature-length film and album from singer-songwriter, filmmaker and LGBTQI ally, Tim Arnold. The incredible new single of the same name introduces one of the project’s key themes: “the seductive power of social media [….]

Young lesbians most likely to experience loneliness and isolation in the LGBTQI community, according to new research

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“It is yet another reminder of why events such as Lesbian Visibility Week are needed for our young people who are still so clearly struggling for equality in every aspect of their lives” BY HARRIET ARGENT, IMAGE BY JOICE KELLY FOR UNSPLASH Young lesbians are the most likely in the LGBTQI community to experience tension [….]

Nothing Compares 2 Sarah Walk

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The singer songwriter talks to DIVA about her second album and reimagining a track made famous by Sinéad O’Connor BY NADIA DAVIES Released three years after her debut album Little Black Book, Another Me is the second album from Minneapolis-born singer-songwriter Sarah Walk.  Raw and refreshingly honest, the album explores themes of vulnerability and toxic [….]

This TEDx video about overcoming depression might be the most important thing you watch today

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“Remember that somewhere, a flower is breaking out of concrete and you will too” BY CARRIE LYELL I first met poet, writer and illustrator Bethany Rose in 2014, when I profiled her in a feature about the finest spoken word artists on the UK scene.  She inspired me as we spoke, on a chilly Hampstead [….]

New research reveals young lesbians are struggling more than ever right now

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Charity Just Like Us finds that lesbians are more likely to be lonely on a daily basis in lockdown BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA ISTOCK The latest research from LGBTQI young people’s charity, Just Like Us, has revealed that lesbians are more likely than other identities under the LGBTQI umbrella to report feelings of loneliness, [….]