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Mental Health
Anonymous

I want you to be alive

What is it like going through child sex abuse that leads to a slew of mental health issues that push you over the edge when you grow up in a culture and environment that labels mental health as taboo and conveniently sweeps it under the rug?

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Mental Health, Safe Spaces, Spaces International, Inclusion, Mixed Race, Interracial, Experience
Mental Health
Kea Andrews

Reflections from the darkness

This article is about my experience with depression—putting it into words, describing it so that it’s more tangible and becomes much more real to someone who doesn’t know what it feels like. It’s to articulate in the best way I can how depression has affected me and how, personally, I view and experience it. This article also includes my experience with suicidal ideation as well as a close encounter with an attempt at suicide.

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Age, Safe Spaces, Spaces International, Inclusion, Mixed Race, Interracial, Experience
Age
Nathan Andrews

What’s In A Number?

In this article, Nathan Andrews, a veteran in the hospitality industry, recounts various life experiences with age milestones, focusing on how he noticed things change once he crossed the age of 60.

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Age, Safe Spaces, Spaces International, Inclusion, Mixed Race, Interracial, Experience
Age
Bridgit Waithaka-Vasiljević

What’s my age again?

Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years? This seemingly innocuous but loaded question has been the bane of my life for years. But how relevant are age-based milestones? I reflect upon my personal experience with these often unrealistic goals.

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Gender, Safe Spaces, Spaces International, Inclusion, Mixed Race, Interracial, Experience
Gender
Vickie Wambura

Gender: When men need Victoria’s Secrets

At the heart of social justice is the restoration of dignity to those who have been oppressed. There are times when this need is very personal, and the person under the yoke of oppression will seek out relief, from the most unlikely people. This was the case for Vickie when a male prison inmate passed her a roughly scribbled note and implored her not to read it till she got home.

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Colourism, Safe Spaces, Spaces International, Inclusion, Mixed Race, Interracial, Experience
Colourism
Fredrick Maati Mobegi

Tuning off the Tone

Although the narrative of “Tunning up the tone” is derived from a testing moment of my youth, it’s a reminiscence of the prime definitions of tone: the strengthening that was derived from the tribulations, the harmony of making new friends, albeit acquaintances, the musicality of learning a new language. It encompasses all that makes us ‘same same, but different’. The forte of tone.

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Colourism, Safe Spaces, Spaces International, Inclusion, Mixed Race, Interracial, Experience
Colourism
Shiphrah Lakka

Growing Beyond Colour

A 35 year old Indian woman shares her story of how she grew to love her dark skin in a world that told her that only fair was beautiful. It emphasizes the importance of looking beyond a person’s outward appearance and encourages people to see the beauty that is evident in every skin tone.

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Colourism, Safe Spaces, Spaces International, Inclusion, Mixed Race, Interracial, Experience
Colourism
Benjamin Alfred

Countering the Colour

A mixed-race doctor navigates the struggles and joys of his own identity as a mixed-race individual. It emphasises the need of wholistic education and exposure and the hope for the generations to come, one where colour isn’t used as a tool to put people in boxes but a crowning jewel in our identity as humans.

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