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Three Legs

December 11, 2009

Brilliant article by Laurie Penny.


Consequently, swathes of the population find it difficult to maintain this basic triumvirate of stability. Mark Brown, the editor of Britain’s mental health lifestyle magazine, One In Four, explains that ‘people need a regular income, a safe place to live and a supportive network of people to stay stable. It’s like a stool: three legs, you’re sitting pretty; two legs and you can keep yourself stable as long as nothing knocks you off balance; one leg and you’re pretty much just holding on; no legs and you’re on your arse and everyone else is looking down at you.’

Emma Mamo, policy and campaigns officer for Mind, agrees that ‘Poverty can cause and be caused by mental distress, and there are associations between lower levels of income, higher rates of unemployment and being on benefits, debt, poor housing and mental health problems. For example people with mental health problems are three times more likely to be in debt.’

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  1. December 23, 2009 02:28

    “I just wish I could like her music as much as her persona and stage show. ”

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I feel exactly the same way.

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