Lockdown has been difficult for all of us in different ways. The most recent winter lockdown has been particularly challenging, with bad weather and long dark nights limiting our freedoms even further and exacerbating feelings of loneliness and sadness. The next few weeks will see a gradual easing of lockdown restrictions in Wales and the return to a ‘new normal’. Whilst the easing of restrictions is what many of us have longed for over the past year, we also may be finding this period of transition a difficult one to navigate emotionally. Some of us may be feeling excited, others…

If you are a survivor of sexual assault, you are painfully aware of the lengthy process involved in rebuilding your sense of self-worth. Unfortunately, this does not happen overnight and the healing journey can seem long and tedious. On top of this, it can be particularly strenuous if the assault takes place when you are a student attending university. This period of our lives is often described as a momentous occasion of freedom, self-discovery and making friends for life. Yet, if this experience has been stolen by something as life-altering as sexual assault, you may find yourself feeling isolated and…

Here is a speech given by our Community Engagement Manager at the Reclaim These Streets online vigil on 13th March 2021.

Those of us with a trauma history, even that which we thought resolved, might have noticed our hypervigilance creeping back up this week. Not because there is a current, acute, greater threat to us as individuals right at this moment, but because it’s become impossible to brush it off and pretend everything is normal. It might be common, but this is not a normal way to live.

In fact, even those of us who haven’t experienced trauma, or…

March 8th marks International Women’s Day, an annual celebration of the social, political, cultural and economic achievements of women across the world. The day is not only important for celebrating the existing achievements of women, but also for advocating for further gender equality. Many use the day as an opportunity to raise awareness of gender-based inequalities and to take actionable steps to help fight these inequalities through supporting non-profit organisations focused on women’s issues.

Each year the day has a different theme and this year’s campaign theme is ‘choose to challenge’. By choosing to challenge we ensure that we remain…

So many women across the world are misdiagnosed everyday with cervical cancer when in reality they are living with a painful condition called endometriosis.

The symptoms for both conditions are strikingly similar: Pelvic pain, pain during intercourse, menstrual bleeding that is longer or heavier than normal and abnormal vaginal discharge.

Today marks the beginning of Endometriosis Awareness Month which is a disorder that affects 1 in 10 women. …

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Valentine’s Day can be an extremely difficult day for many people. For survivors of domestic abuse, it can trigger trauma responses relating to past abusive relationships. For those who are currently single it can heighten feelings of loneliness, insecurity, and sadness.

This year Valentine’s Day may also be difficult for those who are in relationships, with many people finding themselves separated from partners due to lockdown restrictions. Not being able to be close to your loved one on a day all about love may also leave people feeling lonely and upset. If you find yourself feeling like this, please remember…

This is an issue that has been quite a significant topic in the media recently due to a famous Love Island personality sadly being the victim of image based abuse.

For those who are unfamiliar with the term, image based abuse refers to sharing/threatening to share intimate images or videos of someone without their consent. This is something that can cause devastating harm to the victims and it’s simply a way of showing control and humiliation. The victim is often left feeling angry, humiliated, socially isolated, or afraid for their own safety. …

The government has recently faced criticism for their decision to switch from food vouchers to food parcels for parents whose children are eligible for free school meals. The task of creating these parcels was outsourced to private company Chartwells. When parents received the parcels, they were under the impression that the contents were to provide enough food to last for 10 days, amounting to the cost of £30. In actuality, the parcels contained a scarce amount of food, amounting to little more than £10.50. …

The new year brings with it a pressure to come up with a handful of new year’s resolutions. Around this time of year we’re bombarded with the ‘new year new me’ narrative and the pressure to commit ourselves to a year of self-betterment. Some people may find this time of year brings up feelings of inadequacy and a pressure to radically change who they are. It’s important to remember that you don’t need to succumb to the pressure to change any aspects of yourself or your life — you are perfect exactly as you are.

Other people may find the…

Christmas is held up as ‘the most wonderful time of the year’; a time spent celebrating and catching up with our nearest and dearest. For many of us, this may ring true. However, the festive period can also be an extremely difficult and challenging time for many too. For those experiencing financial stress, it may be wrapped up with feelings of anxiety and inadequacy. For those grieving the loss of a loved one, it may be associated with feelings of sadness. For those spending Christmas alone or with an unsupportive family, it may bring up feelings of loneliness and isolation…

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