Category: General features

Ending friendships in university

University can be a great time for students to socialise and make new friends. While this process is incredibly important, it can be just as important to know when it is time to end a friendship. While it can be difficult to end a friendship, doing so can contribute
greatly to your mental health and overall well-being.

The silent eating disorders

When thinking about eating disorders, the automatic image that society has impressioned into one’s mind is that of a skinny female. Not often do we picture the male population suffering from this mental illness. However, according to Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment & Prevention, the number of males suffering from eating disorders is on the rise.

South Africa’s youth voting crisis

In South Africa and all around the world young people appear less willing to vote. During the 2019 elections, very few young people voted or even registered to vote. As the 2021 municipal elections approach, it appears that South Africa will once again see very little participation from young voters. As Quartz Africa described after the 2019 national elections in South Africa, “disillusionment has set in, particularly among those who are as old as South Africa’s democratic regime—the twenty somethings.”

The ADHD gender gap

While it is normal for everyone to have trouble focusing, those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often have severe symptoms that can cause a lot of difficulties at home, with friends or at school or university. Unfortunately, ADHD often manifests differently in girls than it does in boys and, as a result, many girls are never diagnosed. This means that many girls are never given the treatment they need, and are left to struggle mentally, socially and academically. 

Vaccine inequality

The Coronavirus that causes COVID-19 may be indiscriminate but vaccine distribution is not. As more people are being vaccinated against COVID-19, the issue of vaccine inequity becomes more prevalent. According to The New York Times, the vaccination rates in North America and Europe are 77 and 76 doses administered per 100 people respectively, while the rate in Africa is just 4.2 doses administered per 100 people.

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