Ncuti gushed: "I couldn't have got through without two wonderful friends. One made me stay with her and the other wired me money for food every week. Their generosity was incredible but difficult to accept as it meant accepting what my situation had become – and it was a situation I could barely comprehend." … [Read more...] about Sex Education’s Ncuti Gatwa reveals he was homeless before landing Netflix show and opens up about mental health battle
World mental health day
‘I tell her I can’t be with her all the time because Mummy has to work. Then I have to hear her say: “Mummy, if I could give you all my money for you to stop working, I would.” It’s horrible.’ Emily’s eyes fill with tears. … [Read more...] about Emily Lloyd enchanted us in Wish You Were Here – then suffered years of mental turmoil. Now she makes a shattering confession: ‘People thought fame was to blame. In truth I was hiding the cruel abuse I suffered…. by my stepfather’
Mark Woolhouse, professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh and also a member of the Sage modelling group, Spi-M, said there was very little chance of eradicating the virus. “That was the World Health Organization’s strategy in the early stages of this pandemic. That’s a strategy they only formally abandoned a few weeks ago. And given that yesterday saw the highest number of cases reported globally ever, global eradication doesn’t look like happening any time soon,” he said. … [Read more...] about Covid-19 spreading too fast to lift UK lockdown – Sage adviser
Seeking answers, I contact Dr Craig Malkin online. He is a Harvard psychologist who has written two books on narcissism, one of them so popular that it ended up in Oprah’s book club. Narcissism, he tells me, is on a spectrum. Everyone has some narcissistic traits, he says, but a narcissist is someone who lets it govern their personality. When it tips over into a problem, he says, is when you have narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). These people exhibit what Malkin calls the triple E: they are so driven to feel special that they will exploit other people; they are so entitled they think other people should bend to their will; and empathy impairment can make them blind to the feelings of others, usually to the detriment of personal relationships. … [Read more...] about I like the sound of my own voice – but does that make me a narcissist?
For those who had already made it to university, there is a different set of challenges. Stripped of their social networks and plunged back into a childhood holding pattern, many are struggling. “My mental health was a lot better at uni,” says Claudia, 20, from Leeds. She is in the second year of a computer science degree but is currently self-isolating with her mother and sister at home. Lately, things have been strained. Having grown used to her freedom at university, Claudia finds it hard being told what to do. “We’ll be watching TV for a bit and Mum will say, ‘Right, you need to deep clean the kitchen,’” Claudia says. “You have to tiptoe round her. I think she’s getting obsessive about cleaning because she’s not sure what else to do. It makes me feel panicky when she gets like this. I don’t know what she’s going to be like, day to day.” … [Read more...] about ‘I’m stuck in limbo’: will the Covid generation of young people face long-term fallout?