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When politics harms your mental health

Fighting for what we believe in is deeply personal, connected to the most intimate facts of who we are. For many—especially younger Britons—the past few years have been crushing

By Emily Reynolds  

I woke up on 13th December last year feeling crushed. Labour had badly lost the election, and the optimism and energy I had been channelling for the past few months had withered away the moment the exit poll came out. I stayed in bed for the rest of the day, crying intermittently and sending dazed and furious texts to equally furious friends.

The election period had played havoc with my mental health. Despite (or perhaps because of) the hope I was feeling, I was…

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