Angela Haggerty: Why your fear of 'going crazy' may mean you’re the most sane person in the world
Angela Haggerty, journalist and former CommonSpace editor, contributes to our special week of coverage on the mental health crisis, drawing on her own experience to question whether what is deemed mental illness can sometimes be a rational reaction to a world gone mad.
IF YOU’RE anything like me you’ll vividly remember the aftermath of Donald Trump’s US presidential election.
Maggie Mellon: @ScotGov is embracing policies which will harm children - I and other feminists will challenge them
Maggie Mellon, feminist campaigner and former social worker specialising in child protection, argues that the Scottish Government has embraced policies on transgender issues which willl harm children, and says an increasing number of women are challenging it
Hilary Long: Why children need 'green prescriptions' for good mental health
Hilary Long, co-ordinator of the Upstart Glasgow Network and CommonSpace columnist, says that prioritising connecting children to nature will have multiple positive impacts, not least on their mental health
RECENTLY I had the opportunity of hearing Richard Louv speak in Edinburgh at a Play Scotland event. Richard is an American author and journalist best known for his book “Last Child In The Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature Deficit Disorder” which investigates the relationship between children and the natural world in current and historical contexts.
Analysis: Trump or no Trump, a Children of Men-style dystopia is upon us if we don’t change the system
On #WorldRefugeeDay, CommonSpace editor Ben Wray says that while Donald Trump’s family separation policies towards migrants seeking to enter the US has touched a nerve, the problem of how we treat immigrants and refugees is much deeper than one President and will require systemic changes to address
Hilary Long: We don’t need to test P1 children, we need to let them play
Hilary Long, coordinator of the Upstart Glasgow Network and a member of Common Weal Glasgow, attended the recent launch of Upstart Scotland’s ‘Play not Tests’ campaign seeking to challenge Scottish Government plans for standardised tests for children in Primary 1.
Nicola Sturgeon expands challenge to get Scotland's children reading
Nicola Sturgeon announces a nationwide roll-out of literacy initiative to secondary schools, libraries and community groups
THE FIRST MINISTER’S READING CHALLENGE, a nationwide initiative to encourage Scotland’s children to read, is to be expanded following a positive evaluation of its impact thus far.
The Reading Challenge, funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by the Scottish Book Trust, offers resources and guidance to Scottish schools in order to promote reading for pleasure amongst children.
Marion Macleod: Five reasons why the EU really matters to children and young people
Children in Scotland policy manager Marion Macleod examines the ways in which UK membership of the EU has benefited young people
OVER a year after the EU referendum, we are still making our way to an unknown destination. Little clarity seems to have been achieved even on the big issues like rights of citizens and the single market.
Scottish Labour unveils child poverty manifesto to end 'a national scandal'
Scottish Labour focus on child poverty to show return to radical heritage
ONE WEEK ahead of the General Election, the Scottish Labour party have launched a dedicated manifesto to ending child poverty in Scotland promising large investments in social housing and maternity grants.
Kezia Dugdale unveiled the party’s document seeking to make the case to voters that along with a Jeremy Corbyn UK Labour Government, Scottish Labour MPs will be able to contribute to a “radically progressive” campaign.
Glasgow law firm crowdfunds to resist Tory rape clause
Law firm from Scotland's biggest city gears up for major challenge to Tory rape clause
A GLASGOW LAW FIRM has launched a crowdfunder to fight against the controversial UK Government Rape Clause and two child family cap which limits child tax credits to two children and forces women to reveal if they have had their subsequent children as a result of rape.