• EMOTIONAL, MUST READ

    GRIEVING MY FATHER

    Grief is the most complex of things to navigate, my experience of it is that it rarely follows a set path, in fact part of what makes it so difficult is that it is full of twists and turns. One moment you feel like you are finding a way to live with it, the next it feels like an enormous weight you will never shift. Here  Afua Adom  bravely shares an account of  grieving her Dad:…

  • LOVE & MARRIAGE, THOUGHT-PROVOKING

    MY HUSBAND HAD AN AFFAIR

    What would you do if your partner had an affair? Gameover? Or something that you can work through? Maybe you have an idea in your head of what fall-out would be? And perhaps this the reality would be different. A thought-provoking piece from an anonymous writer.…

  • MOTHERHOOD, MUST READ

    A LETTER TO MY SON

    Kandice Menzie and odd to her son touches on feminism, gender but also articulates her hopes, fear and guidance for the next generation of young black men.…

  • HEALTH, INSPIRING

    COPING WITH A CHRONIC ILLNESS (PLUS A PANDEMIC)

    Emma wrote about her experience of Endometriosis for MOAL a couple of years ago and it continues to be one that stays with me, so when she reached out with a follow-up piece on living with a chronic health condition during Covid-19 I jumped at the chance to share it…

  • HEALTH, MENTAL HEALTH

    HOW OUR CHILDHOOD MAKES US WHO WE ARE

    It's interesting to consider how this chapter of lockdown is going to impact our children, isn't it? Though it's been unbelievably challenging, there's sure to be positives to them spending so much time in the cocoon of home with their parents/care-givers close-at-hand. Only time will tell. Though written pre-covid-19, this list from Clinical Psychologist Dr Lucy Maddox is a great introduction to Child development studies:…

  • BODY IMAGE, MENTAL HEALTH

    ME, MY SKIN AND I

    How we look and how we feel about ourselves are, unfortunately, often inextricably linked. Here Jade Tomlin shares the impact her adult acne had on her, including her mental health. …