Benefits: Not Every Claimant is a Jeremy Kyle Pantomime Villain

Jobseekers allowance, Universal Credit, ‘The Dole – money off the government given to those out of work to help them survive. Some of those on benefits claim because they find themselves unemployed and need to pay the rent and put food on the table. Others get money for extended periods because certain circumstances leave them unable to look for, or enter into, work.

Being on benefits is no lifestyle choice and for many, living off of them is a struggle. Continue reading “Benefits: Not Every Claimant is a Jeremy Kyle Pantomime Villain”


Liberal Democrats Mental Health Pledge Adds Insult to Injury

As part of their 2015 general election campaign, the Liberal Democrats have pledged to fund mental health by an extra £3.5bn, yet I think this promise is more insulting than inspiring. Continue reading “Liberal Democrats Mental Health Pledge Adds Insult to Injury”

Lady Gaga at Sheffield: A force to be reckoned with.

Last night Lady Gaga took to the stage at her penultimate UK gig at Sheffield’s Motorpoint arena supported by acts Breedlove and Chew Fu and Lady Starlight.

The stage itself extended into the audience and branched off in various directions

Just before taking the stage Lady Gaga’s close friend and New York performance artist Lady Starlight mixed thundering dance beats that echoed throughout the arena  and wouldn’t out of place at a ecstasy fuelled rave– setting the atmosphere for the rest of the night. Continue reading “Lady Gaga at Sheffield: A force to be reckoned with.”

Opening up: helping you weather the storm.

“There are no ‘Get Well Soon’ cards with mental illness” – Trisha Goddard. (However, it would be nice.)

Having my own mental health issues, I know how difficult it can be to open up to someone and tell them what you are going through.

There is a stigma that is attached to mental health and this is a stigma that is internalized, creating a black hole that eats away at your mental state, i.e, you feel like you have to go through your issues on your own. More and more we are being told that this isn’t the case, that we should be able to open up to those who are closest to us without feeling any kind of embarrassment or shame. Continue reading “Opening up: helping you weather the storm.”

Last chance for men to board bus for “life saving” screening at Meadowhall

On the 1st of November, Meadowhall is to play host to the final mobile screening session for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) a condition found predominantly in men.

This will be the second and final time that the mobile screenings will be held at the South Yorkshire shopping centre, which saw dozens of male shoppers board the bus for the free health screening for AAA which often goes undetected.

The simple ultrasound scan offered by the service is the only way to see if you have the condition or not, the symptomless swelling of the aorta – the body’s main blood vessel – which left unchecked can be fatal.

The event was particularly significant for one man who boarded the bus and discovered that he was unknowingly suffering with a medium-sized AAA. The man who is said to have been particularly grateful for the opportunity will now be regularly monitored so his condition doesn’t become a serious risk.

Helen McAlinney, Programme Coordinator for AAA Screening in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw, said we can’t thank Meadowhall enough; “The day was a huge success, as this gentleman had no idea anything was wrong before he had the scan.”

The programme also saw many people ask questions about AAA and had many more men book onto the next screening.

Darren Pearce, Meadowhall Centre Director said that the shopping centre is keen to raise awareness, particularly AAA due to its nature. “We’re encouraging men from all over the region to come down and take advantage of the screenings of which only last a few moments, but have the potential to save  lives.“

The mobile bus will be located in the Orange zone 1 car park for drop in sessions between 9:30am and 4:30pm. It is recommended that men book in advance for the screening by calling 01709 321189, However, drop in sessions are available on the day.

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Anything grows for Yorkshire men this Movember

MovemberThe men of Yorkshire are being asked to join others across the country to grow a moustache this November to help raise awareness for men’s health issues.

This Movember, the month formerly known as November, men from Yorkshire and across the country are being asked to rid themselves of their stubble and grow a moustache to help raise both awareness and money for men’s health programmes in cancer and mental health.

Anything grows from a Tom Selleck tuft to a Hulk Hogan Handlebar, or anything in-between.

Last November saw 20,000 people in Yorkshire come together and wear their hairy ribbon, the moustache for 30 days, with an average of 1.7 billion conversations around men’s health generated worldwide.

Movember is not just about Mo Bros, women who support men’s health are called Mo Sista’s and play a significant part in the success of Movember. They don’t have to grow a moustache to get involved; they can sign up at, donate, fundraise and get the men in their lives to help make this year the hairiest Movember yet.

Sarah Coghlan, UK Country Director for Movember said The Movember Foundation’s vision is to have an everlasting impact on men’s health.

“We encourage Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to sign up at, grow and support awesome moustaches, and raise crucial awareness and funds to address the most pressing issues in prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s mental health.”

The Movember event began in Melbourne, Australia in 2003 when 30 men grew moustaches – since then it has become a global movement inspiring 4 million men and women in 21 countries to get involved – raising over £345 million and funding over 800 programmes to date.

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