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Twenty-something | London-Bound | Welsh | Coffee Enthusiast | Writer who specialises in Activism, Politics and Mental Health | Website: ShonaLeighpope.co.uk

Please, I am so very tired of being alive during major historical events.

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New civil war drops.

I never thought Lady Gaga would be there to witness the beginning of a civil war in the US, but yeah, okay.

In recent years, the ever-growing gap between the far-right and the far-left has been unleashing absolute chaos on the western political landscape. Since the US election results were announced, Trump supporters have already undertaken a pre-planned demonstration by storming the capitol on the day the electoral college vote would be certified.

Generally, we should probably expect another attempt to interrupt the authentication process, followed by a great deal of anger from both the left and the right.

Escalation…


Like regular Christmas, but with a slight dystopian twist.

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Cards on the table, I am not a Christmassy person. For some reason, I don’t tend to get into the spirit of things.

Don’t get me wrong; I love celebrating the holidays! But you probably won’t catch me listening to Christmas music as I lovingly bake some gingerbread men for the rest of the family. It’s just not my style.

But even I felt a pang of sadness in my cold dead heart when I realised my Christmas plans were out the window this year which, as usual, mainly consisted of going to see my family.

I planned on picking…


Hours of Entertainment in Exchange for my will to Live.

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I’m sure we can all agree that social media is just pure chaos.

It’s just one giant melting-pot of validation-seeking behaviour wrapped up tightly in a layer of wild accusations, badly photoshopped memes, and terrible grammar peppered with a few emojis.

And I, for one, am absolutely fascinated by it all.

I am particularly intrigued by the online communities that have formed among the chaos in recent years. Communities driven by conspiracy theories, a desire to be unique and backed up with knowledge gained from briefly skimming articles.

Thus, born from this toxic social media concoction, we have the infamous…


Sorry kids, but MPs need their subsidised champagne.

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On Wednesday night, a motion for free school meals to be extended over the Christmas and Easter holidays was rejected by 322 votes to 261 with a government majority of 61. The scheme, if passed, would have provided 1.4m disadvantaged children in England with £15-a-week food vouchers during school holidays until Easter 2021.

Children in Poverty.

According to National Statistics, The total number of children (Roughly 30% of all children in the UK) living in relative poverty was 4.2 million in 2018–19, up from 4.1 …


No one else knows what they’re doing either.

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We get it Shona. You Have Depression.

Yeah, well, so does everyone else. So why not discuss that?

Let me begin by saying that I am well aware that this is not the first time I’ve written a post on the fact that I have no idea what I’m doing with my life.

I’ve written about how graduating university left me feeling more lost than ever, I’ve written a post on how people offer me terrible mental health advice. Now I’m writing about my most recent crisis involving me turning 24 last week and feeling terrible because I feel like I haven’t really progressed since last year.


Living through a pandemic hasn’t been easy for anyone, but adjusting has been particularly hard for those living with Autism.

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Wear a mask, don’t wear a mask, stay inside, eat out to help out. The guidance offered by the UK Government during this pandemic has been anything but direct.

Now pair this with disrupted routine, less opportunity to practice life skills and no time to process things in between each new measure introduced. We now have the perfect climate to send anyone with autism into a complete meltdown.

Information Overload

There are plenty of ways in which you could criticise the UK Government for how they are handling the pandemic.

Perhaps your issues lie in the lack of urgency when coronavirus first…


Care for your loved ones by washing your hands, wearing a mask, and pressuring political candidates to prioritise mental health services.

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From the moment Coronavirus touched ground in the UK, we have had plenty of advice and buzzwords drummed into our heads to stop the spread and protect our loved ones.

From “Wash your hands and sing Happy Birthday twice” back in March, right up to “Stay Alert and Stay Safe” in July.

Precautions to further stop the spread of the virus is becoming increasingly important as the second wave looms over the UK. Many of our loved ones’ lives depend on it.

An overlooked necessity, however, is the need to provide improved mental health support for those who need it…


Because if there’s one thing you need while you’re already depressed, it’s advice from someone who read a relevant article online that one time.

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When I started taking antidepressants, there were plenty of side effects I was prepared to take on.

Weight gain, insomnia, and mood swings strong enough to give everyone around me whiplash, my doctor warned me about them all. But they seemed like something I could handle in exchange for a chance to finally get a grasp on my mental health, so I decided to give it a try.

Is it the serotonin jackpot? No, not exactly. But so far, I’m doing okay and I can handle any pretty much any side effect those things throw at me.

Except for one…


How to Navigate your way through the Great Post-University Depression.

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So you finished your degree. It took three years, hours and hours on end writing assignments, and more packets of instant noodles than it’s worth mentioning.

One awkward day of wearing a cap and gown later (Except 2020 graduates, sorry lads) and you can finally relax, right?

Well, I’m here to tell you no, that is not the case.
Welcome to post-university life.

What Makes it so Hard?

Unless you’re one of the very few lucky people who manage to walk right into a decent paying job straight out of university, Post-University life is just a vast melting pot of liberation, imposter syndrome, anxiety, and…


Stop Sweeping Our History Under the Rug.

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No Plans to Review the Syllabus

Recently, Ministers have dismissed a proposal to include more BAME history to the English National curriculum.

Prior to this, 30 politicians from various political parties wrote an open letter requesting a complete overhaul of the curriculum, demanding that black historians revise what is taught and suggest new topic ideas.

This request may have fallen on deaf ears. However, we still need to acknowledge that the current national curriculum is not working.

Because as a country that seems so hell-bent on preserving a certain level of “Britishness”, we appear to have very little knowledge of the events that shaped Britain today.

Statues in the Harbour

Shona Leigh Pope

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