Food For Mood

Mood food is gaining popularity as an alternative to drugs to beat mental illness. Nutritional psychiatry is being offered to people with a mental illness as an alternative to anti-depressants. Joyce Cavaye, a senior lecturer in health, wellbeing and social care at The Open University wrote an article called ‘Why Nutritional Psychiatry is the Future…

Living With An Eating Disorder

Following a national survey commissioned by a UK charity BEAT Eating Disorders in February this year, figures have shown that at least a third of the adults in Britain couldn’t correctly spot the signs of an eating disorder. It is estimated that at least 1.25 million people in the UK have an eating disorder, and…

Autism Acceptance – Shona’s Story

Only this week a young woman was thrown out of a cinema. Why? Because she was autistic. Tamsin Parker (25) was thrown out of a cinema in London on her birthday for ‘laughing too loud’ at the film ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’, receiving verbally abusive comments from several audience members. But why…

Our Mel: Embracing Cultural Identity

In today’s society, it is all about promoting equality and that we are all the same – but are we losing sight of the fact that difference does matter? There are two people in particular who are keen to empower others to discuss their cultural identity and be proud of it. Annalisa Toccara, aged 30, originally from London but who…