"Impressive young activists – Laura Bates, Emily Reynolds, Ellie Mae O’Hagan, Nesrine Malik, Reni Eddo-Lodge and so many others – have the kind of poise, commitment and deep awareness I never had. Look them up if the names are unfamiliar. Never again will you think or say sexism is unbeatable." – Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
Alongside my writing, I regularly speak on panels and in the media on mental illness, and also played a part in the passage of Seni's Law, a parliamentary bill on the use of force and restraint in mental healthcare.
I write a newsletter, Escape From No Future, which aims to help people learn how to live day to day with a chronic mental illness, and built, maintain and run a practical self-care Twitter bot, @everydaycarebot, which automatically sends followers practical advice on how to cope with mental illness. An accompanying website, intended to be a permanent resource for self-care, can be found here. The bot has been covered by Dazed magazine, Lost in E Minor and It's Nice That.
In 2017 I helped found The Second Source, a group aiming to tackle sexual harassment in the media. We point women to resources, help them find independent third parties to offer assistance with harassment cases, offer support and run events; we also consult with media companies, pointing them towards model harassment policies. Our first event was held at Twitter HQ in December 2017, with MPs, journalists and activists speaking on their experiences of harassment in the industry.
In 2016, I co-founded the Words by Women Awards, the only general UK awards for women journalists. The awards were widely covered, from the Evening Standard, Telegraph, and Independent to Radio 4, and we received thousands of entries.
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