About Me

I’m a girl,

I like long skirts that swish when you spin,

And flowery headbands that remind me of spring,

I like socks with the little frills,

And eating cute sweets ’till I feel ill,

I like pastel versions of colours like pink and blue,

And dark ones that make me look emo too,

I like music that’s loud and angry,

But also ones that go slowly,

I play sports ’till I’m soaked in sweat,

And spend Saturdays surfing the net,

I love a good book,

And care about how I look,

Sometimes I’m quiet and shy,

But I won’t be embarrassed to flirt with a guy,

I’m not off limits for girls either,

Or non-binarys for that matter,

I cannot be defined,

I don’t fit into a box, and I don’t need to,

I’m both, I’m all,

Don’t try to confine me


Mental Illness Awareness Day

Hi, my name is Madi, and I have cancer. I don’t, I lied, and it’s wrong of me to use a serious and fatal illness to provoke sympathy from you. So why is it so acceptable to do with mental illnesses?

Mental Illness awareness day is tomorrow (Monday 10th), in honour of it, I thought I’d do some educating and speak my opinion on the controversy that is mental illnesses.

Firstly, by telling someone that a mental illness is “just in your head” is the same as telling someone with asthma “its juts in your lungs”. There is a physical difference in the brain between someone who suffers a mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety and someone who does not . Just the same as there is a physical difference in the body of someone who suffers from dwarfism and someone who does not.  Mental illnesses are real, valid and by definition, in your head. 9687848-large.png

An increasing amount of young people suffer from mental illnesses each year, and mental illnesses don’t discriminate, so everyone is at risk, not just white females. In fact, one in four people are diagnosed with a mental illness and 20% of children aged 13-18 live with a mental health condition. Mental illnesses are triggered by traumatic events, even though they may not seem that traumatic to everyone else, or even yourself. Young people especially are at risk with the high rate of child abuse and the added stress of school and other social events. Worst of all, the government in developed countries such as the USA and the UK are cutting funds to therapists and psychology studies, and less developed countries don’t even have access to any type of psychological help, to further delay the little progress being made.

Most people in their lifetimes have had the thought- “am I mentally stable?”, and that’s okay. Thanks to the internet we can research symptoms for these illnesses and try to debunk whether we have any mental illnesses or not. Unfortunately, some symptoms are quite broad, and we are left wondering whether or not it applies to us. At this point, if you seriously think you may be suffering from a mental illness, please see a therapist, be it online of not, or contact a free helpline. Your friends are not your therapists. They possibly have their own problems and it’s very stressful to try and deal with them and someone else’s issues. There’s a difference between being empathetic and being a therapist, do not expect your friends to fix your troubles. By all means talk openly to them about anything that’s bothering you, just try to keep the topics not too heavy.

For anyone with friends/ relatives with mental illnesses, please remember, you cannot love their illness away. It’s hard, but the best you can do is be there for them.

Ableism is discrimination in favour of able-bodied or minded people. Using words such as “depressed” and “bipolar” as adjectives (“I’m feeling so bipolar today”, “you’re so OCD”) when you don’t suffer from the illness is a type of ableism. As well as using words such as cr*zy and p*ycho or p*ychotic to describe people with a mental illness or  as an insult, this is because those words were once used as derogatory terms towards mentally ill people, the same as n*gger was a derogatory term used toward people of colour. That means wearing t-shirts with slogans such as “cute but p*ycho” implies you wish to be able to tell people you have a mental illness without suffering the pain and trauma that comes with it. Thus bringing us back to the main point of this article. It’s not okay t0 use mental illnesses, or any illness to gain sympathy when you don’t experience it.

A Poem For You



Whatever you wish to name it,

We’re all fighting the same battle,

The battle for rights,

Gay rights,

Black rights,

Women’s rights,

Muslim’s rights,

Transgender rights,




Because we’re all human, right?


Shot because of who you love,

Shot because of how you look,

Shot because you were born like that,

Shot because you’re ascociated with them,

Shot because you want people to use your name,

Your pronouns,

Shot because expressing yourself isn’t allowed,

Shot because you can’t change that about yourself,

Shot because you were having fun,

Riding a bike,

At a club in Orlando,

Shot because you’re wearing what you wanted,

Shot because you wanted the toilet,

Because you wanted respect,


Because we’re treating everyone like humans, right?


Slavery abolished: 1866

Equal Pay Act: 1970,

Sex Discrimination Act: 1975,

Race Relations Act: 1976,

Disability Discrimination Act: 1995

Religion or Belief Regulations: 2003,

Sexual Orientation Regulations: 2003,

The Equality Act: 2010



And it still happening.

And we still have to fight,

Fight for basic human rights,

Human rights established 27 years ago,