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When the Black Dog bites…

The news of Sally Brampton’s death earlier this month came as a shock to her many friends in Hastings, and many, many more people who only knew her through her journalism. Sally often wrote about depression because she knew about it first hand. Below, Cllr Robert Cooke, Deputy Leader Conservative Group and Councillor for Ashdown Ward writes about his experience of depression.

Posted 17:47 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 In: Health Matters Tags: depression Hastings Robert Cooke
Starting point: Daniel, third from right, with family and friends outside Brighton pier.

Piers walk raises funds for mental health service


Posted 12:13 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 In: Health Matters Tags: Daniel Coe Health in Mind Sussex Nick Terdre Tom Vine Turning Point

Life-drawings by dementia sufferers at Hastings Arts Forum

Janet Hemsley main

Life-drawing classes bring laughter and fun to relieve dementia darkness

Dementia is not much fun; for the subjects themselves, for their families or for their carers. But drawing has provided a way to cut through the darkness and get people laughing, as Judy Parkinson has found with her Drawing Life classes. A first exhibition of the work will be on view from next weekened, she tells Nick Terdre.

Combating dementia with music-making

Music is a vital lifeline to dementia sufferers whose cruel illness cuts them off from the rest of the world in many ways. This philosophy is the driving force behind the work of Dementia Support East Sussex as they prepare for their second public concert on Saturday. Cliff Slack, chair of the group, talks to Nick Terdre.

Posted 13:14 Thursday, Dec 10, 2015 In: Health Matters Tags: Amicus Horizon Bexhill Christchurch Blacklands Cliff Slack Community Foundation of Surrey dementia Dementia Support East Sussex Hastings and Rother Credit Union Isabel Blackman Centre Nick Terdre Olwen Sidley Silver Linings
Wear it campaign

World AIDS Day and free HIV testing

This World AIDS Day, The Terence Higgins Trust is asking people to “Wear it” – encouraging people to wear their red ribbon and stand together in solidarity for a world where HIV stigma is a thing of the past.

Posted 15:15 Wednesday, Nov 18, 2015 In: Health Matters Tags: AIDS HIV National HIV Testing Week STIs The Terence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day
Laura Coryton Photo

An unsanitary subject?

Recently a campaign has been started by Laura Coryton to stop the government taxing sanitary products. Although the proposed amendment failed – Hastings and Rye MP Amber Rudd and Bexhill and Battle MP Huw Merriman both voted against it – the campaign continues and the Treasury are now taking the matter to the EU. Zelly Restorick reports. 

Posted 13:58 Wednesday, Nov 4, 2015 In: Health Matters,Performance Tags: Amber Rudd Laura Coryton menstruation Paula Sherriff sanitary products sanitary protection Zelly Restorick
Practising on the beachPhoto Mark Barwell

Energising body and mind

In Hastings and St Leonards-on-Sea, we’re lucky enough to have a branch of the national Shiatsu College right on our doorstep. And starting in the autumn, the team are offering sessions called Grassroots Shiatsu. HOT’s Zelly Restorick reports.

Posted 13:49 Tuesday, Sep 29, 2015 In: Health Matters Tags: The Shiatsu College Hastings
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