3 UGM motions pass: mental health, beef ban, and drug policy reform

By Angbeen Abbas and Benjamin Crozier The three motions presented on Thursday 30 February at this term’s second UGM have passed. Students voted largely in favour of  improving mental health provisions at LSE (464 votes in favour), banning beef on…

LSESU Pole Fitness – Debunking Stereotypes

All Photography by Angie Abdalla Strippers, sex, prostitutes, promiscuous females, perhaps even the recent movie ‘Hustlers’. These are probably the first few things which come to mind when one mentions pole dancing or pole fitness. While such stereotypes may hold…

the basic boundaries of being bipolar

CW: parts of this article allude heavily to self-harm and suicide, specifically in the last paragraph of “the lows –  depression and dysthymia”  Over the summer, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and, like any person with a new diagnosis,…

Guftagu #1: Mental Health within South Asian Communities

Welcome to Guftagu, which means ‘conversation’ in Urdu. Guftagu is a new Beaver Sound podcast in collaboration with LSE SU Pakistan Society, where we discuss issues related to South Asian social issues, culture, identity, and politics. Have a listen to the…

As most challenging term begins, LSE expands mental health resources

LSE has committed a further £1 million towards Mental Health provisions by hiring four new full time members of staff – two new counsellors and two mental health advisors. Freedom of Mind LSE and LSESU Community and Wellbeing Officer David…

On being Black and Bipolar: A conversation between Chris and Saleisha

The numbers don’t lie: Black women are more likely to be diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder than any other demographic in the UK. For a more personal look at this, Saleisha Ford and I, both Black women diagnosed with Bipolar II…

Get reading this reading week

Reading week is fabulous. University mandated time off. I for one will be spending the week doing just that – reading. Reading the menu of my favourite café to figure out which is my least guilty option. Reading the labels…

Raising mental health awareness: The Freedom of Mind Festival

Ella Marshall and the panelists on Mental Health and Culture: Derek Owusu, Triple O, Sonam Patel and Ruqaiya Haris. LSE’s first edition of the Freedom of Mind Festival took place during the second week of Michaelmas term, from 7 to…

Ella Marshall on mental health, LSE and Freedom of Mind

Ella Marshall is so much more than the “token state school friend” that she’s described herself as.  It was a Sunday outside of term time so campus was eerily quiet when we met. It was also probably the last hot…

The Systemic Problem of Mental Health at Universities

UK universities have a mental health problem, and LSE is no exception. With student satisfaction below 80%, and 43% of students citing a need for improvements to the counselling service, there’s clearly work to do. But working out exactly what…