Here at Breathe News we don’t just write about mental health, we believe in helping those who suffer with mental health issues. The team is comprised of volunteers who are seeking opportunities to broaden their horizons but also may be out of work due to mental health issues. Breathe News supports both the modernization of volunteering, but also to support those who suffer with poor mental health to enable them to maintain stability, stay active in the working world and contributing to a platform who informs and educates others.
Meet our wonderful team of contributors below!
Founding Editor – Jasmine Wing
Jasmine graduated from the University of East London with a first-class BA honours in Journalism. She went on to carry out an internship an The Telegraph. She then completed her NCTJ with The Press Association – the UK’s leading provider of multimedia content and services. She also carried out an internship at ITV News At Ten. She has carried out photography at Wireless Festival and many more exciting adventures in her career before deciding to launch Breathe News! Amongst many things Jasmine is passionate about the Prison Industrial Complex and is an advocate for the abolition of prisons.
Meet the Team
Social Media Manager
Aurora Taunisio, originally from Milan, has been living in London for the past 3 years. She has BSc in in International Relation and has recently graduate in Media and Communication (MA) from Kingston University. Amateur photographer, has a passion for travelling, languages, books and tv series.
Favourite quote: “It’s the nothingness that kill us, everything else always finds a menaning” Daria Bignardi
Zahida is a lecturer in Business Enterprise and Higher Education based in Sheffield. She has a Masters in Adult Learning and Global Change and has conducted her thesis on ‘Happiness and returning to education’. She loves to travel and writes about lifestyle and culture.
Favourite quote: “ Out beyond the world of ideas of wrongdoing and right doing , there is a field. I will meet you there.” – Rumi
Sukey Richardson is a feminist and photographer currently studying an MA in Media Practice for Development and Social Change at Sussex university. She volunteers for women’s charities outside of studying, lives in Brighton with her cat and is interested in crime, psychology, yoga and travelling.
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Charis graduated university with a degree in Law in 2015, and has very recently completed her Masters in Law. Charis is interested in law, politics and business. When Charis is not working you can find her taking fitness classes, relaxing with a good book or watching sport.
Favourite quote: ͚’Wake up with determination, go to bed with satisfaction͛’
John has recently returned from an epic train journey across Europe, with visits to the EU parliament in Brussels and the UN in Vienna. A history graduate with a keen interest in politics, he has won several awards for his short fiction, and always brings a unique brand of humour to his writing.
Tracey, a business teacher of teenagers in a city centre college, has a number of interests. With too many rescue dogs to count, a keen user of colourful hair dye and a compulsive buying obsession (that resulted in an impulsive purchase of an old, cheap caravan), she wants to write about things; to educate, to inspire and, maybe even, entertain.
Megan is going into her third year at the University of Westminster, studying journalism. She is passionate about social politics and human rights. Her favourite topics within the media are globalisation and media ownership.
Favourite quote: “A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves” – Edward R. Murrow.
McCauley is a Sport & Exercise Science graduate and postgraduate student in MSc Sport Business Management. McCauley is a huge sports fan and would describe himself as a football fanatic who eats, sleeps and breathes all things football. He currently plays football semi-professionally for Skegness Town and is a die-hard Arsenal fan!
Karina is currently studying Astronomy and Planetary science at the Open University and building up her career to become the professional researcher. She loves outdoors, travel and regularly playing football. She has a great attitude towards any work and always happy to help.
Favourite quote: ”I can and I will!”
Katie is a writer from Kent with a degree in Philosophy. She is passionate about the written word and has a particular interest in the topics of health, lifestyle and the beauty industry. Encouraging discussion to simulate thought and change is one of the main things that drives Katie to write. She loves music and comedy gigs and is also a keen amateur cook.
Favourite quote: “That the sun will not rise tomorrow is no less intelligible a proposition, and implies no more contradiction, than the affirmation, that it will rise.” – David Hume
Charlotte is currently doing a course in freelance journalism from the Writer’s Bureau whilst working full time. She graduated with a degree in politics from Brunel University, where she also wrote for the student paper. As well as politics, she is passionate about human rights, history and mental health.
Favourite quote: ‘Those who cannot remember history are doomed to repeat it.’ George Santayana
Habiba is currently a student whose dabbling in a bit of everything- she studies English, Biology, Psychology and Maths. She’s a huge TV buff and loves discovering new shows and movies to fall in love with. Some of her favourites include: Rupaul’s Drag Race, Sense 8 and Mama Mia. However, her love for fiction extends to books as well and she vastly enjoys reading books with a strong sense of culture such as The Kite Runner or the Memoirs of a Geisha.
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Oliver is currently studying Psychosocial Studies at Goldsmiths University. He works in the social care as support for neurological conditions and brain injuries. His goal is to work in trauma and addiction recovery and believes his interest in politics, social care and the psychological are far from separate entities…
Kaile graduated from the University of York in 2018. Since then he has moved up to Newcastle and taken up employment in the legal sector. He is an inspiring lawyer who is very interested in social justice and international law.
Favourite quote: ‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’
Paul Olowogboye is currently working at Barclays Bank and has a MSc degree in NGO and Development Management graduate from the University of East London. He is passionate about politics, education, development, health and wellbeing, and fitness. He is a beginner powerlifter and photographer.
Favourite quote: “YOU’RE GONNA DIE. YEAH. THAT’S INSPIRATION”- GARY VAYNERCHUK
Tabby is a director and facilitator currently living in Glasgow. She is passionate about empowering young people through the arts and her current role as Director at “The Street” works with a large cast to do exactly that. As well as directing Tabby also performs jazz music and spoken work poetry in Glasgow’s underground haunts and she is currently at work on an EP to be released later this year.
Favourite quote: ‘“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.’ – Gandhi
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Lynsey is currently working at Tesco. She dreams of being a writer and is currently trying to get as much experience as she can. She also likes the idea of helping people out.
Mark graduated from Oxford with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in 2017. Since then, he has worked at a tech startup focusing on social mobility and is now a researcher at Unlocked Graduates, a leadership programme encouraging graduates to become be prison officers.
Catherine de Guise
Arts & Culture Editor
Catherine is currently on a gap year before going to read history at Oxford. She has a particular interest in the history of gender. She writes on art and culture for Breathe News, reviewing exhibitions with an eye to their literary, philosophical and historical themes.
Favourite quote: ‘The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours.’
Eve is currently studying BA Media at Anglia Ruskin University, she has completed work placements for BBC Scotland and BBC Cambridgeshire, she owns her own website singlemumsurvival.com and is a HuffPostUK contributor
Favourite quote: ‘Everyone is a genius, but if you judge a fish by it’s ability to climb a tree he will go it’s whole life believing he is stupid’ Einstein
Mental Health Editor
Ella is currently working hard to recover from an anxiety disorder and spends her time writing blog posts (www.ellathwaites.co.uk), reading, sewing, and listening to music. Ella received an A in GCSE English and has always enjoyed writing.
Kate Russell, from Kent, is currently studying Nursing at university and is passionate about expressing her personal opinion on current health and lifestyle topics. Having experience working within the health sector, Kate has the knowledge of health issues worth discussion.
Favourite quote: ‘I love myself. The quietest. Simplest. Most powerful. Revolution. Ever. -ism
Erin is 20 years old, from Belfast and studies English Language and Korean at university. She is passionate about music, books and politics.”
Favourite quote: “The world only exists in your eyes, you can make it as big or as small as you want” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Ellis from Liverpool is currently studying English Literature in University and wishes to pursue a career in journalism or teaching. Always having enjoyed writing, she finds recently she enjoys to write about current affairs and politics. She loves to write and also enjoys travelling
Favourite quote: ‘͚He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life͛’ Muhammad Ali
Lee Wyton is a MSc Sport and Exercise Physiology student at the University of Chichester. He is currently involved in upcoming research projects at the university, provides sessions within clinical exercise and is an employee within the NHS’s orthopaedic team.
Kirsty is currently working as a campaigner in the mental health sector and is also a member of Momentum and the Labour Party. She recently graduated from SOAS where she studied Environmental, Politics and Development. She is passionate about social change and fighting injustices. Her writing reflects this and aims to fill the hole left by mainstream media.
Favourite quote: ‘Life is painfully short and to devote your energies to anything other than imagining a better world, and striving to make it a reality, is a life wasted’ – Anonymous
Charlotte has just graduated from the University of Birmingham with an English Literature degree.
She is very passionate about art and culture, and spends lots of her time painting. Her favourite
novels are Agatha Christie’s murder mystery novels, and Amy Poehler’s Yes Please.
Favourite quote: ‘‘I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked
with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing’ – Agatha Christie
Fay Rose is currently studying Journalism at the University of East London. Writing has always been a passion of hers, she says it’s therapeutic and has helped her in times of stress. Fay likes writing everything from news stories, to short fiction and poetry/songs. In the future Fay would like to become a successful songwriter and have her own magazine publication. She enjoys socialising with friends, going to the gym and travelling. Fay is currently writing her autobiography.
Haneen completed her Master’s degree in Development Economics and Policy at the University of Manchester. She is currently a homemaker. Since she is concerned about the contemporary world issues, therefore, she wants to play a play a part in being these issues to the forefront. She is a passionate writer and believes that a pen is a powerful weapon which can be used to change the destiny of the world.
Jess is currently taking a master’s in Leeds (studying journalism). She studied Criminology and English Literature and during the final year, Jess was managing editor of her university’s humanities magazine. Recent political events have made Jess extremely eager to have her say in the journalistic world.
Shannon lives in Lincolnshire, UK. She is at college studying psychology sociology and art due to having mixed interests. She enjoys sports and hopes to go skydiving after turning 18 and also wants to travel the world taking photographs to see the beauty of human life. She hopes that one day she will have her own tourism business where she can combine her modelling experience with her love for food and culture by photographing and writing about the world.
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Amy is a recent Film graduate from the University of Reading. She loves cinema, rock and roll, animals, and leaving England as much as possible.
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Jas is currently studying health & social care in Scarborough, UK. She has previously volunteered with the Royal British Legion and in her spare time, she loves to read.
Jane currently works in marketing, and has a Bachelors Degree in Media & Cultural Studies with minors in Women’s Studies and Independent Studies: Gender, Sexuality & Society. She is passionate about feminism, women’s rights and gender depiction and representation in art and media In her spare time she loves visiting art galleries and museums and listening to podcasts.
Favourite quote: ‘The measure of a man is what he does with power’ – Plato