Suicide Prevention – Sharing Charities, Support + More!

Hello everyone it’s Zainab here, welcome or welcome back to the blog! I know it’s been a while since I had done a ‘World Issues’ post on my blog – so I wanted to talk about a really important topic: Suicide. But more importantly, preventing it. My blog is all about positivity, and I completely understand that not everyone reading it is always positive (myself included!) so, this post will hopefully help people whether they’re in a really bad headspace or they’re starting to have these dark thoughts!

I don’t want to put just facts and figures about preventing suicide in this post, I want you guys to hopefully feel better or maybe even slightly happier after reading this post, and feel able to talk to someone or an organisation!

Why Should Suicide Be Prevented?

Suicide should be prevented for honestly one of the simplest reasons – your life matters. I understand that someone who may be feeling suicidal will find this extremely hard to believe, but it’s true! I’m not trying to use the cliche ‘everyone has a purpose in life’ but what I’m saying is, you deserve to be here in this world.

You might not realise it, but without realising, you’ve probably touched so many people without realising. Whether it’s your family and close friends or a random person you helped on the street – in your life you’ve touched one person (at least!) So, if not for you, stay for them!

There’s always someone, whether you realise or not, ready to listen to you and be able to help as best as they can!

Charities, Organisations + Helplines

I am not a therapist or expert, so I wanted to share some charities and organisations that have expertise in helping those with suicidal thoughts or people in a dark place. I have shared them below!

Papyrus UK Suicide Prevention – Prevention Of Young Suicide

Mind – Supporting Those Who Feel Suicidal

Samaritan Helpline Number – 116 123

NSPA – National Suicide Prevention Alliance

Pura Vida – Suicide Prevention Bracelet With Money Going Towards Suicide Awareness Voice of Education (SAVE) Using code BRIANNAMARIE20 will also help Brianna Marie pay medical bills for her Cancer Treatment!

A Message From Me

I just wanted to leave a little message from myself for the end of this post. If you’re reading this post, it means you’re a reader of my blog – meaning I care about you! Whether you’re in a good mental state or having bad thoughts, I want you to know I’m there for you! Everyone who reads my blog, I think of as a friend! And I would hate to hear that something ever happens to one of you – so please, seek help, talk to someone, and remember you matter! I’m here for you!


Thank you so much to everyone for reading this blog post! If you or anybody you know is having suicidal thoughts, please seek help and remember your worth!

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The Importance Of Representation In The Media

Hello everyone it’s Zainab here, welcome or welcome back to the blog. Today’s post is focusing on quite an important topic: Representation In The Media. I’ll be talking about why it’s important, what more can be done, and some examples of representation that are already out there. Let’s jump into it!


Why Representation Is Important
Representation is something that is extremely important as it helps people have comfort in who they are. In today’s society, everyone knows about mainstream media, whether it’s Working in the media, TV Shows, Books etc! So, when people don’t see someone who they can relate to in something that everyone will pay attention to, they begin to feel out of place and feel like they don’t belong in society. So representation, helps people realise that everyone is equal and it’s okay not to be exactly the same as everyone else!

Also, representation is important as it helps to educate others who already have representation and decrease bullying. As usually, people are bullied for being ‘different.’ Well the reality is, they’re not different, they just don’t have enough (or have a negative amount) of representation. Representation is so important to help people learn about and to respect other’s cultures!

How To Help Increase Representation
There are many things we can do to help increase representation. One of the easiest things to do is to support projects that already have representation. This will encourage media companies to create more as they know people will enjoy them!

Another thing to help increase awareness about the issue is to sign and share petitions. I know you wouldn’t think there any for issues like this. But there’s quite a few calling for representation to be improved, and to make people from more diverse backgrounds be safer and prevent discrimination when they’re working in the media!

Examples Of Representation
Although there’s not a high amount, there is still some great representation that should be more recognised and talked about more. I wish I could say the lost goes on, but unfortunately, there isn’t as much representation for different communities in mainstream media, so by checking out these projects with representation, hopefully it can push companies to integrate more representation into their projects!

  • Never Have I Ever – Netflix (Brown Community Representation)
  • Black Panther – Marvel Cinematic Universe (Black Community Representation)
  • Ms Marvel – Marvel Comics, Upcoming in Marvel Cinematic Universe (Brown Community Representation)
  • Modern Family – Netflix, Disney Plus (LGBTQ+ Community Representation)

Of course these are only the ones I’m aware of, so please share in the comments where you’ve seen examples of representation – I’d love to see more representation for other under-represented communities such as the Disabled Community, Other Ethnic Minorities, Etc!

Links


Thank you so much for reading this blog post, I hope you guys learned something new. Remember to share the representation you’ve seen in the comments!

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Raising Awareness For Palestine

Hey everyone it’s Zainab here, welcome or welcome back to Zainab Chats! So, I actually had a different post lined up for today but due to everything happening in the world, I’ve decided to push it back and write this post about Palestine. My blog is all about positivity but I also want to use my platform to raise awareness for different issues. I’ll be sharing what’s been happening, how we can help and some useful links. Let’s jump into the information!


What’s Happening In Palestine?
In Palestine, an occupying country called Israel have been attacking their land. This conflict between Israel and Palestine has been happening for thousands of years but only recently has received more attention due to the escalation of the situation – Israel have been firing and launching attacks in Gaza with several people being killed.

As well as this, they were also attacking the Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan which is supposed to be a holy time for them to pray, but instead they had to hear weapons which is just horrible.

I also just want to make it very clear that I am not Anti Semitic – I love and respect all people of all faiths. I want to make it clear I have the upmost respect for the Jewish Faith. However, I don’t agree with the Israeli Government’s treatment of the Palestinian people. You are not an Anti Semite when you’re standing up against war crimes. I wish to stand up against this oppression!

This conflict is as bad as the World Wars which is horrible to even think about. Bombs, guns and weapon sounds should not be the sounds Palestinian children – or any children – should be waking up to. We all need to come together and help stop this.

How Can We Help?
No matter how big or how small, every little bit counts and Palestine needs our help more then ever. There are many things we can do to help them.

First of all, if you’re in a place in the word that is Corornavirus free or nearly Coronavirus free, protesting is a great way to get your voices heard. I’m sure there are many places in the world holding protests right now, but please be safe!

My next way is something everything can do, use your platforms to educate people. Whether you have a large following on your blog, or a private social media account, everyone has a platform and they can use it to to raise awareness! Even if you only got one person to learn something new, that’s still one new person who has become educated about the situation. Then, that person could share with their friends, and it could be a continuous cycle of education! You could share anything from the links in this blog post to some charity donation links.

There are also many charities out there sending money to Palestine but they need your donations. I will be linking the charities below!

The final way is something so simple yet so effective: signing petitions. There are many petitions out there that can really do good for Palestine. Whether it’s a petition your countries government to help them or a petition to stop trade and supplies going to Israel there’s so many resources available.

Links
UK Government Petition to Introduce Sanctions Against Israel
Israel-Palestine Conflict Fact Checked
Petition to Impose Financial and Military Sanctions on Israel for War Crimes
Donate To Palestine Emergency Appeal
Just Giving Fundraising For Palestine


Thank you so much for reading this blog post, please try and raise awareness if you can, it would mean a lot. Let me know in the comments what you will do to raise awareness!

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Raising Awareness For Orphan Children

Hey everyone it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to Zainab Chats! As I’m writing this post, it’s March 14th – which is Mothers Day In The UK. I was saying to my Mum that it must be really disappointing for children who don’t have Mothers, or any parents for that matter. So, she suggested to me to write a post about spreading awareness for Orphan Children so let’s jump into the post.

Who Are Orphan Children?
Orphan Children are children who have lost both their parents due to war, poverty, accidents or other horrible reasons. According to Unicef, there are almost 140 million Orphans in the world which is an upsetting number, with 61 million of them being in Asia.

What Can You Do To Help?
There are quite a few things you can do to help Orphans. Some are simple and some require a lot of commitment.

One thing you can do is sign petitions. There are so many out there for every single country’s orphans to help them receive inheritance, be given more care and more!

The next thing you can do is donate to Orphans. There are many charities such as Unicef, Human Appeal and more where you can donate as little as £1 to help children (I’ll share some links below, please only donate if you can)

Other things you can do are: reading more about them, sponsoring an orphan and more. Some people even adopt orphans if they can!

Links
Learn More On Unicef
Petitions On Change For Orphans
Orphans In Need
Human Appeal
Lonely Orphans
Noor Orphans Fund


Thanks so much for reading this post guys, let’s all do our part to help children who need it!

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Black Lives Always Matter

Hey everyone it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to Zainab Chats, this post is going to be another ‘World Issues’ post. I’ve noticed that lately the BLM Movement has been decreasing in popularity so I want to try and spread awareness again! Let’s jump into it!

What Is The BLM Movement?
The Black Lives Movement is a campaign to stop racism. It’s been around since 2013 by using #BlackLivesMatter on social media but only in 2020 it became extremely mainstream when a man named George Floyd was wrongfully killed by a policeman. When this happened, Black Lives Matter dramatically grew in popularity and everyone was trying to do their part. Over 26.5 Million accounts have used #BlackLivesMatter on social media!

How Can You Help?
There are many different things you can do to help the movement – so I’ll list some of them below!

The first thing is signing petitions: such a simple, easy and efficient way to get your voice heard – make sure you share petitions too!

Another thing you can do is donate. The Black Lives Matter website has a donation page where you can donate as little as £1. Whatever you can give will really help grow their campaign and fight for justice!

Using #BlackLivesMatter will also help your followers understand the movement -whether you have a large following or a small following – and help spread the message. However, please make sure you share educational resources too ad don’t just post that generic black square!

The final thing you can do is protest. Protests are such an amazing way to get your voice heard – but make sure you attend peaceful ones! Currently, protests may not be the best idea due to COVID 19 but if you’re in a place in the world where you might be COVID free you could find a protest and get your voice heard! If you aren’t COVID free and you’d like to protest, please make sure you take necessary precautions.

Your Opinions:
I asked for you guys in the blog comments and on Instagram to share your opinions on the BLM Movement so I’m going to share them below!

Links:
Black Lives Matter Website
Donate To The BLM Movement
Petitions About Black Lives Matter


I hope this blog post has been useful for anybody wanting to learn more about the movement. I think it’s horrible the movement is decreasing in popularity as it was treated like a ‘trend.’ So, I challenge you to make a post about BLM to spread awareness for this issue!

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Thanks for reading, enjoy your day

Ways To Cope With Mental Health Problems During Lockdown – Collab With Purely Kiki

Hey everyone it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to Zainab Chats! Today, I’m going to be sharing with you 5 ways to cope with your mental health problems during a lockdown! This post is also a collaboration with Okiki from Purely Kiki, she will be sharing ways to cope any problems too! Let’s jump into it!

Learn A New Skill
Learning a new skill will allow you to distract yourself from the bad feelings and replace them with the satisfaction of doing something new!

Call A Helpline
There are so many great helplines with counsellors who are willing to listen to you, especially during these difficult times where you may need it more then ever! Some great helplines are Childline and Mind UK

Stay Active
Staying active and fit will replace your bad vibes with your adrenaline pumping. You will be able to increase your fitness level and have fun; there are so many great Youtube workouts!

Try And Keep A Routine
Keeping a routine will mantain some normality, I’m not saying to have a perfect routine as it’s still a lockdown but have a rough plan of what you’ll do every day!

Group Video Calls
A group video call will allow you to still keep in contact with multiple friends and actually seeing their face! Talking to friends will really distract you from your sad feelings!



So guys, those are 5 things that can hopefully help you cope with your mental health in lockdown! Be sure to comment down below your advice and check out Okiki’s post!

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Raising Awareness For Child Poverty

Hi everyone it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to Zainab Chats!! Today, I’m going to start a new series called, ‘World Issues’ where I’m going to talk about things happening in the world! The topic for this post is child food poverty.

This will be a pretty basic post explaining it for anybody who doesn’t know about the issue, sharing links to where you can help and more! Let’s jump into it!

What Is Child Poverty?
Child Food Poverty is when a family can’t afford to provide food for their children which doesn’t allow them to have a healthy diet and eat their healthy meals. Unfortunately, it is growing more and becoming more and more common (especially with the pandemic).

If we take somewhere like the UK, it is estimated, that 1 in 3 children are living in poverty. That is 4.1 million! If this is just in the UK which is one of the richest countries in the world, think about the global number!

This is why influential people such as Marcus Rashford are campaigning for Free School Meals Vouchers for school holidays and during the school season as 1.3 million children are not eligible for free school meals and this needs to change!

What Can You Do?
There are many things you can do to help stop and potentially end child food poverty. The first thing you could do is send letters and emails to your government or world leaders asking them to do something about the issue!

The next thing you can do, and probably the simplest thing, is to sign petitions and links that can go to your government. If you share them with people on things such as social media or your own platform they can grow and spread awareness!

Another thing you can do it to make a donation! Obviously, not everyone can do this but if you can afford this it’s a huge help to families and children!

Links
Petition To End Child Food Poverty In The UK
End Child Food Poverty Website
Make A Donation For The Global Cause
Feeding Britain’s Children Documentary

So guys, I hope this post has given you a bit more information about Child Food Poverty and please share this post and the links so more people can help campaign for Free Schools Meals Vouchers! Please let me below what you want to try and do as we need all the help we can get!


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Have an amazing day!