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Blue Monday. Most of us have heard of it. What you might not know is that it was coined as a result of an (unscientific) equation created as part of a PR initiative for a travel company! Some people believe it undermines the seriousness of conditions such as clinical depression and conflates it with feeling ‘down’. Others see it as an opportunity to share advice on self-care during a month where circumstances may be tough for a variety of reasons. Indeed, Samaritans are reclaiming the day for their ‘Brew Monday’ campaign. With this in mind, we spoke to mental health trainer...

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Disability, Fashion, Inclusion, small business -

Since Lottie Jackson featured us in her Guardian article in December 2019 ['Why 2019 was a landmark year for disabled fashion'], progress in this space has been patchy but promising.  To be fair, the dumpster fire of 2020 hasn't made it easy for people to push on with any previously made plans; manufacturing has been a stop-start business, rife with uncertainty. It would be understandable for mainstream brands on the cusp of exploring inclusive design to have pulled back.  For small businesses and startups, keeping the lights on has been hard enough this year. Despite this, we have seen some new...

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There are a lot of Christmas gift guides popping up at the moment, but for the most part, they're not focused on those of us with chronic health conditions, physical impairments, or invisible illnesses. That's alright though; there are plenty of excellent companies making beautiful products for this sizable but often overlooked demographic. In this blog post, we've listed our top ten gift ideas for you and your loved ones this Christmas. Babe with a mobility aid? We had to post about these guys first, as we keep seeing them all over the place (most recently, during one of our...

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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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