The penultimate week of November bore witness to the seventeenth annual anti-bullying week across the United Kingdom. The event, hosted by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, seeks to raise awareness of the devastating impact of bullying throughout the British education system.
Sometimes, it can be useful to look on the bright side of things. For a group of people whose mental health was worsening even before Covid came into our lives, in this second lockdown, we’re in need of some positivity more than ever.
The Movember movement started in Australia in 2003 when Travis Garone and Luke Slattery met up for a beer and a chat in Melbourne. They managed to recruit 30 men to sign up to the challenge and grow a moustache to raise funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA).
As soon as Boris Johnson made his speech telling us we would be going back into lockdown I began planning as many social events as I possibly could. From Sunday morning to Wednesday evening I was off seeing friends and taking in as much of the world as possible before lockdown began.
Here we go again. In a cyclical twist of fate, England has triumphantly whimpered into another lockdown. The wind of the pub garden pillowing our sails has been punctured, to be replaced by the recognisable ghosts of isolations past. In short, it’s all a bit scarily familiar.