EMPOWERMENT, MENTAL HEALTH

Let’s Talk About Intrusive Thoughts

Featured Illustration: Aasma Qureshi Trigger warning: discussion of intrusive thoughts . . . Sometimes my thoughts scare me. It’s not uncommon that I’ll be doing something mundane and a frightening thought suddenly appears in my mind. Quite often I ruminate on them and they get stuck on an uncontrollable loop so intense that I want […]

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CULTURE, ENTERTAINMENT

Arlo Parks: Voice of a Generation

Featured Image: Clash Magazine Arlo Parks has a notably gentle voice. In a striking way, it is pretty, soft, and rather captivating. With two EPs in her discography and several singles, the London-based singer has recently seen her popularity grow with some great musical achievements. In August, she performed her most recent single ‘Hurt’, which […]

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FEMINISM, LGBTQ+, OPINION

The Terrifying Reality of Womanhood

Featured Illustration: Simply Sophie Designs Trigger warning: mentions of gendered violence, gun violence, transphobia, and sexual assault. A TikTok video of user @jatsiveh detailing the contents of her ‘If I Go Missing Folder’, recently went viral on Twitter, collecting over 2 million views and 200,000 likes and retweets. Her folder contains the following: social media […]

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MENTAL HEALTH, OPINION

The Emotional Trauma of Racism

Featured Artwork: Daylight Illustrations I cried when I heard the story of Althea Bernstein, an 18-year-old biracial woman whose face and neck were burned by white men wielding lighter fluid in Wisconsin, though she fortunately survived. It’s clear that this was a racist hate crime, given that her attackers called her a racial slur just […]

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EMPOWERMENT, MENTAL HEALTH

What Mindful Therapy Taught Me

Featured Artwork: Sonaksha Trigger warning: very brief mentions of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and suicidal ideation. . . . In January, I started a 9-week Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) group course. Following the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, I finished the course in my bedroom via Zoom. I’d spent about 7 months on the […]

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