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‘Mental Health for All’ is the theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day. What does that mean, you might ask? Well, according to the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH), this is about ‘greater investment’ and ‘greater access’. For anyone who feels a bit sceptical of awareness days, this is – at least – an acknowledgement that the onus is not just on us, the general population, to drive positive change.   Universal health coverage Dr Ingrid Daniels, WFMH President, described the mental health landscape before the pandemic as “dire” in a letter to friends of the federation. She...

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If you're aware of ataxia, well done. You're part of the 13% of people in the UK who do. This is why annually, on 25 September, the organisation Ataxia UK asks supporters to help spread awareness and increase this percentage.  There are different types of ataxia, but generally speaking they are a rare group of neurological conditions that affect balance, speech and coordination. Most types are described as cerebellar ataxia (i.e. relating to the cerebellum, the part of the brain responsible for movement and coordination).  Ataxia can affect anyone. It can: be inherited via specific genes from one or both...

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Disability, Women -

World Suicide Prevention Day has me in two minds. On one hand, I think awareness days are important. If just one person sees a fact or piece of advice about a condition – any condition they previously didn’t know a lot about – that can only be a good thing. The caveat, of course, is that the “fact” is actually a fact (not the kind espoused by Donald Trump) and that the advice is helpful and clear (not the kind given by Boris Johnson during, say, a global pandemic). Now I’ve got my political ‘left jab, right jab’ in, here’s...

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Disability, Fashion, Inclusion, small business -

Hi guys, It’s been a whirlwind year so far – for all of us. But, I’m sure many of you will agree, it’s also been a time for reflection and for thinking carefully about the future we want to create. Since founding Kintsugi, I’ve always been sure of one thing: I want to create a future where disabled people are represented, valued, and understood by the fashion industry. One small brand can’t achieve all this, but there were disability-conscious companies before ours and a whole load more have sprouted up since. If we collaborate and highlight each other’s strengths, we’ll...

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Disability, Inclusion, Women -

Last year, we interviewed three amazing disabled women, all with very different professions, about times in their life where they've felt broken. They told us how they overcame these moments and shared their views on the idea of perfection. This is the first set of a series of videos we will be creating to amplify the voices of disabled people. The campaign is titled #Unbroken, tying in with the ethos behind kintsugi - the Japanese art form of mending broken pottery with gold, rendering it more valuable, not less.  The first two videos, featuring Jackie Hagan and Hannah Cockroft, were well-received....

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