The NHS mental health chief who had a nervous breakdown

  • 23 January 2017
Mandy Stevens Image copyright BBC/LinkedIn

"Perhaps not the most flattering photo of me, but I'm sharing this awful picture and my story to help increase understanding of the impact of mental illness and to celebrate my recovery."

"As I have worked in mental health services for 29 years, one would think I would be immune to mental illness."

In a LinkedIn post that has been shared more than 5,000 times, Mandy Stevens shared a photo of herself, red-eyed with matted hair, in the midst of a depressive episode that resulted in her being hospitalised. She wrote the post on the day she was discharged from a 12 week stay on the inpatient ward at the City and Hackney Centre for Mental Health in London.

One thing that struck many people who read Stevens' post on the online professional network was her unique vantage point - she has been both an employee and patient of the UK's National Health Service mental health programme.

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Stevens began her career in the NHS as a mental health nurse. After 15 years she became a hospital manager, and then a director.

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Social media stands up for Barron Trump and reacts to burnt toast cancer link

  • 23 January 2017
US President Donald Trump with his wife Melania and son Barron Image copyright Getty Images

Social media stands up for 10-year-old Barron Trump, a health warning about burnt toast, and a Chinese New Year song that many can relate to.

Leave Barron out of it!

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As a public office holder the President of the United States could be considered fair game for criticism and mockery on social media. But should people draw a line when it comes to their children?

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Trolls try to trigger seizures - is it assault?

  • 23 January 2017
Journalist Kurt Eichenwald was targeted by a troll who sent him a flashing image which, he says, induced a seizure Image copyright Charles Eshelman
Image caption Journalist Kurt Eichenwald was targeted by a troll who sent him a flashing image which, he says, induced a seizure

Can sending a flashing animated picture online constitute an assault against someone with epilepsy? An American journalist who says a tweet from a troll gave him a seizure intends to find out.

Kurt Eichenwald is a senior writer at Newsweek magazine and a contributing editor for Vanity Fair. He is also a vociferous critic of Donald Trump, a prolific Twitter user, and no stranger to being trolled. But in December 2016, the stream of insults directed his way by Trump supporters included something that, for Eichenwald, was much more dangerous.

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Image caption A still from the flashing image sent to Eichenwald

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Bulls and bullying: the fight over animal rights and tradition

  • 21 January 2017
Tamil actress Trisha Krishnan deleted her Twitter account as a result of a row over bull-taming Image copyright AFP
Image caption Tamil actress Trisha Krishnan deleted her Twitter account as a result of a row over bull-taming

A ban on the ancient practice of bull-taming has spurred thousands to protest in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. While the demonstrations have been mostly peaceful, the argument over the festival has turned ugly online.

This week around 4,000 protesters camped out on a beach in the state's capital, Chennai (Madras) - with hundreds more gathering in other parts of the state.

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The world reacts to Trump's inauguration with protests, concerns and jokes

  • 20 January 2017
An image of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is seen on the advertising board of the store "Army of Russia", located opposite the U.S. embassy, in Moscow Image copyright Reuters

Social media gives its take on US President-Elect Donald Trump's inauguration, here is what some had to say.

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As an estimated 800,000 to 900,000 people are expected to turn up at the US capital today for Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony, social media users from different parts of the world have shared their thoughts on the matter.

'Bridges not walls'

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Women's March faces tough questions and unique Chinese start-up

  • 19 January 2017
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Divisions over Women's March and Chinese social media praise for wake-up calls start-up.

Women's March in ups and downs

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Image caption Supporters of the Women's March on Washington knit hats for participants

It was a good day for Women's March on Washington organisers and supporters yesterday when Beyoncé endorsed the movement on her Facebook page. And when the group released its all-star event speakers' list, its momentum seemed unstoppable. But the march is not without its issues.

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Johnny Wright: The Instagram star who cuts Michelle Obama's hair

  • 19 January 2017
Media captionJohnny Wright: The Instagram star who cuts Michelle Obama's hair

Johnny Wright has several celebrity clients but perhaps none is as famous as the First Lady.

Throughout his time in the White House, Wright - Michelle Obama's personal hairdresser - has become a flamboyant social media star, with nearly 24,000 Instagram followers.

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Chelsea Manning reaction and Chinese anger over hotel history book

  • 18 January 2017
protesters demanding the release of Chelsea Manning Image copyright Reuters

Social media users compare Chelsea Manning's clemency to other incidents of hacks and leaks, Japanese hotel comes under Chinese fire over a history book and Afghans celebrate a new sports hero.

Chelsea Manning

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Image caption Chelsea Manning

The Chelsea Manning story has long divided opinion in the US. The whistleblower's case is not the first time that classified information has been hacked or leaked into the public domain.

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Syrians pay tribute to childhood artist and Russian 'soldier' on Ukrainian TV sparks online storm

  • 17 January 2017
Picture of cartoon characters Basim and Rabab who appeared in Syrian school text books Image copyright Mumtaz Bahra
Image caption Characters Basim and Rabab, illustrated by Bahra helped Syrian children learn to read

In social media today: Syrians mourn the lost peace in their country as they pay tribute to a famous children's artist while Ukrainians are upset about Russian "soldiers" on TV.

Goodbye Mumtaz Bahra, goodbye childhood

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Obama's letter to Trump and Piccadilly Circus' screens go dark

  • 16 January 2017
President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump Image copyright AFP

Social media speculates what would be in Obama's Oval Office letter to Trump, Londoners mourn the end of a Piccadilly Circus era (for now), Jordanians mock the departure of their foreign secretary and it's #BlueMonday again.

Sincerely yours, Barack!

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When President Barack Obama met President-elect Donald Trump at the White House, their antipathy towards each other was hard to conceal.

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