Mindful Dolt Guru

Hi there, I’m the Level 9 Eminently Mindful Dolt Guru Sadhu Juju-Master Sandwich-Artist Masai-Harmer, but you can call me Kevin. Welcome to the Temple of the Shadow of the Dyslexic Monkey and to this ancient, proto-pagan, pre-Zoroastrian healing sacrament that I made up in February 2006. I’m real new to Portsmouth and I’m hoping you Read more

Why Yik Yak is the Portsmouth Student’s App of Choice

Each morning Portsmouth University student Megan Langdon wakes up and has a stretch, before grabbing her phone and finding out the latest news from her friends. While she uses Facebook and Instagram a lot, she’s now convinced that the best app for staying up to date with Portsmouth’s student community is Yik Yak. Yik Yak‘s emphasis is hyperlocal, allowing its users to view posts Read more

Are GCSEs Bad for Portsmouth Students’ Mental Health?

This summer students will sit tougher GCSEs in English and maths. As the exam season looms on the horizon, Portsmouth GCSE student, Tanzeela Rahman, reports on the pressure on teenage students’ mental health as they prepare for exams. Balancing ten subjects all at the same time isn’t the easiest thing in the world. When every Read more

Talking to Pompey Students Helped My Mental Health

Star & Crescent Contributing Editor Rikki May remembers the first time he ever spoke publicly about his mental illness at a University of Portsmouth event – and how it helped him no end. For the past five years I’ve worked for the University of Portsmouth’s Sport and Recreation department. One morning in February 2014, I Read more

Portsmouth News’ Readers Respond Angrily as Columnist Tells Men to ‘Quit Moaning’

Columnist Clive Smith provoked debate on social media about male mental health, depression and suicide yesterday following a column that complained depression has “become like an epidemic of the modern era”. Clive Smith’s column in The News yesterday urged men to “buck up” and “quit the moaning”, prompting a strong response from Cllr  Will Purvis, Read more

The Practically Unparentable

Sindy Prankard tells the poignant tale of her struggle to raise a teenager suffering from mental ill health – and how, despite everything, she is prouder of him than ever. When the first glow of parenthood fades the sleep-deprived parents of a teething, fractious baby probably wonder what has hit them. It can’t get any Read more