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The world needs to change to fight the mental health epidemic. So why does so much policy focus on changing the individual? 

It’s with a degree of irony I noted that Tuesday marked world mental health day, and not for the first time, I’m feeling low. Like the difference between a cold and the flu, feeling down and clinically depressed are worlds apart, but one can certainly follow the other, and having had a day on Sunday…

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Madness is doing the same thing over again and expecting a different result

To be abandoned once is unfortunate. To be abandoned twice is carelessness, to plagerise a quip from Oscar Wilde. To be abandoned thrice, however, is a tragedy. And it is how I find myself on, thankfully, a golden autumnal Monday morning, with the weekend’s storm fresh in my mind and on my puffy face, as…

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Devices were stealing my kids’ childhoods. Why banning screens has given them back

It was a feeling rumbling along in the background for a while. An annoyance that would occasionally erupt into anger over a head bent too long, a response too slow or vacant response and yet another “hang on, I’ve just got to finish this game.” Screens are convenient – they keep the kids busy, quiet…

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The past is another country, and loneliness is an island from which it’s hard to escape – why maintaining childhood connections might be vital for adult mental health

I spent the weekend in vicarious activity. We took Jonah to look round the posh school (in reality, not so much posher than the grammar school I once attended, for all it would cost me another decade of financial freedom).  We got through days three and four of the 30 day screen-free challenge (the kids…

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Why secondary school choice is bunk, but paying for education is probably the dumbest thing in the world

So, the secondary school countdown has begun, and frankly, I’m daunted.  With an East London property priced accordingly to be (probably) just outside the catchment of the local, charming, Hogwartsian academy on the ‘naice’ side of the park, with its strong views on uniform and pernicious detention policies – and inside that of a building which…