Knife crime has become a part of everyday life

Last night, I shook my head in disbelief as I read about yet another young man being stabbed do death.  The utter shock I felt was not because a young man had been stabbed, but rather that it was another to add to the numerous stabbings that had taken place over the past week.  I … Continue reading Knife crime has become a part of everyday life

What do young people see as success?

A couple of weeks back, I asked what you see as success, which was a question mainly aimed at young people.  I understood that we all look at success differently, with one person's definition of success varying from another, but I was not sure about what young people's definition of success would specifically be. I … Continue reading What do young people see as success?

Sex education should be a major focus point in schools

The education system seriously needs a revamp to meet more of the social and emotional needs of pupils.  Too many young people are going out into the world without necessary social, relationship and overall life skills, because they are often ignored in favour of academic teaching and increasing the knowledge/skills that will help them to … Continue reading Sex education should be a major focus point in schools

The Matter of Chasing Dreams

There is a matter that has been bothering me for a long time and I feel that it is often skated over.  I do not understand why young people are not encouraged to pursue their dreams, but they are rather steered towards settling for what is considered easy or just in their reach. This is … Continue reading The Matter of Chasing Dreams

What do you see as success?

The Oxford dictionary defines success in four ways: The accomplishment of an aim or purpose. The attainment of fame, wealth, or social status. A person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains fame, wealth, etc. The good or bad outcome of an undertaking. As people, we all look at success differently.  One person's definition … Continue reading What do you see as success?

Self Harm: Tasha’s Story

Tasha* started self-harming when she was about 15-years-old, as she took a key to her lower arm and created a short scratch.  She doesn't remember exactly what triggered it, but she remembers having feelings of anger and a desire to see a scar - "I wanted to see if I had the ability to make … Continue reading Self Harm: Tasha’s Story

Self Harm: Shaniqua’s Story

I remember being in my early teenage years and feeling sick and tired of the pain that I was suffering at the hands of someone that cared about - along with his friends to back him up.  I'd already had others who had hurt me.  There had already been a number of times when I'd … Continue reading Self Harm: Shaniqua’s Story