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20 men reveal the one thing they wish others knew about men’s mental health

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More and more men are struggling with mental illness, which means more and more are struggling to talk about it.

Though it doesn’t apply to all men, so many men avoid talking about what’s going on inside their minds out of fear of being judged or ignored – or told to ‘man up’.

And so, to encourage men to speak out about their mental health and seek help, we spoke to 20 different men about mental illness. They told us what they live with, how it affects them and the one thing they wish others knew about men’s mental health – in hopes it’ll encourage more… Read the full story

Domino’s Australia has just started selling cheesy chips and gravy

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Domino's is selling cheesy chips and gravy Picture: Metro.co.uk
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Domino’s Australia has just started selling cheesy chips and gravy – and we just have one question: Why is this not a UK thing?

The pizza chain has just added the dish as a new side to its menu.

It features chunky cut chips topped with a rich, traditional gravy, melted mozzarella cheese and fresh spring onion.

It’s every Northerner’s dream.

Powerful photos that highlight shortlist for the Sony Photography Awards 2018

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Rhinos are fighting for survival. Poachers are killing more than three every day to feed the demand for rhino horn in the Far East. All the while, the South African government is championing the consumptive use of rhinos and the legalisation of the trade in horn. But there is hope. This is the story of how Botswana is leading the recovery of rhinos amidst a global poaching crisis by rescuing animals from poaching hotspots in neighbouring countries and translocating them to the Okavango Delta. Botswana is rebuilding the rhino populations it lost to poaching by the early 1990s and is creating an ark-like population capable of restocking parks and reserves that… <a href=Read the full story

Chubby cat tries to sneak in through cat flap – fails miserably

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It’s incredibly cold today, and very snowy. Which means you should wrap up warm – and if you have pets, you should definitely keep them inside.

Though they may cry a little and whine to go out, it’s best to keep your fur babies nice and cosy indoors. Especially if you have a cat, as they are very susceptible to frostbite – which can affect the tips of the ears, the tail, and the feet (especially the toes).

Of course, if you have a cat flap, this can be a little difficult if you’re unable to lock it. They may end up wanting to play in the snow after… Read the full story

Primary school invites drag queen in to read stories to children

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It’s not often you see the words drag queen and primary school together.

Thankfully we live in a time where sex education as well as awareness for LGBT issues are more openly discussed.

Which is why one primary school decided to invite a drag queen to read stories to the children as part of their World Book Day celebrations.

Parsons Street Primary School in Bedminster, Bristol, spent the morning hearing kids’ tales read by a man in woman’s clothes and wig.

The project was set up to teach tolerance and LGBTQ+ issues, an especially important topic given the intolerance and violence against the community.

Clearly the children had no problem… Read the full story

Marie Curie creates a Garden of Light to represent people affected by terminal illness

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Dealing with a terminal illness may be one of the hardest things anyone can ever do.

For friends and family of someone affected by it may want to commemorate their loved one.

Marie Curie is hoping to do that with their Garden of Light, unveiled in London’s Paternoster Square to mark the launch of the charity’s Great Daffodil Appeal.

Held every March, the Appeal calls on people to donate and wear one of the charity’s daffodil pins to help fund care for people living with any terminal illness.

The immersive art installation will… Read the full story

Blogger explains what it’s like to live with cherophobia – the fear of happiness

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Interview with Stephanie Yeboah about Cherophobia - the fear of happiness
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Cherophobia is an irrational aversion to being happy.

According to HealthLine, it’s not a condition that’s widely researched or defined, and currently, it’s not listed as a disorder. However, cherophobia is very real.

Some medical experts classify cherophobia as a form of anxiety disorder. In the case of cherophobia, the anxiety is related to participation in activities that would be thought to make you happy.

Someone who has cherophobia isn’t necessarily a sad person, but instead is one that avoids activities that could lead to happiness or joy – much like someone with social anxiety.

A person with cherophobia may experience… Read the full story

Just Eat is going to let people opt out of receiving single-use plastic items

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Do you really need those extra plastic forks for the Chinese takeaway you’re going to eat two metres from your cutlery drawer?

No, you probably don’t. But because all those little extras are typically included in food delivery options just in case you need them, you don’t usually have a choice in getting a whole load of plastic to tip in the recycling bin.

Just Eat wants to make that choice a little more conscious.

The food delivery site has announced that from 1 April, they’ll be trialling a pre-ticked box on its app and website to encourage customers to opt out of extra single-use plastic items including plastic cutlery, straws, and… Read the full story

When depression wants you back: how I cope with a mental illness relapse

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An appointment with your therapist in the early stages of a relapse can help (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

I have this old friend who occasionally turns up at my door, totally out of the blue.

I don’t see much of her any more but, when she is here, it’s like she has never been away.

We met shortly after the birth of my eldest child. She came into my life and managed to get her feet firmly under the table.

It was only after a year of cognitive behavioural therapy that she left.

I thought she had gone for good, but I was wrong. She was simply waiting for an opportunity to sneak her way back into my… Read the full story

How to remove Holi colour from your face and hair

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Knowing how to remove the pesky coloured powder from your face may be a good move before Holi kicks off (Picture: Anil Dayal/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The Hindu festival of Holi is basically a huge contest to see who can turn their mates into the best rainbows.

Throwing powder at anyone and everyone you meet is the aim of the game during this wild party, celebrating the triumph of good over evil.

That powder can end up just about everywhere, making it hard to get clean again when the battle is over – so how is it done?

You can zap the powder off your skin… Read the full story

Woman born with a third of a vagina wants people to know she’s no less of woman

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Briana Fletcher, 23, was born with Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome, which causes the reproductive system to be underdeveloped.

This means she’s missing significant portions of her vagina – Briana has no uterus and is missing the upper two thirds of her vaginal canal.

There were no external clues of what was going on inside Briana’s vagina, so she didn’t learn of her condition until puberty, when her period didn’t arrive.

‘That was the first clue,’ explained Briana. ‘The doctor attributed it to my low weight.

‘I didn’t really feel any different. It was a bit off when someone would… Read the full story

No-one wishes they could go back in the closet: How to come out as LGBTQ positively and safely

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The other side of the closet door is  more welcoming than you think (Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler)

February was LGBT History Month, a celebration of the many people who made the world a better place.

Now it’s time to think about making the world a better place for somebody else: You.

Don?t airbrush the T out of LGBTSeparate trans people from the LGBT movement? That’s what the bigots want

This one’s for anybody LGBTQIA who hasn’t come out, but who’s thinking about it.

Coming out may well be the best thing you’ve ever done.

It certainly was for me.

Just over a year ago I… Read the full story

Eye makeup inspired by theatre is a thing and it’s magical

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Whether you’re putting real bugs around your eyes or, you know, sharp studs, eye makeup plays a huge part in your overall aesthetic.

Makeup artist Alessandra Morgante definitely wins the eye make up Olympics as she’s turned her eyelids into a theatrical stage.

The Italian artist and set designer’s Occular Sceneries series is inspired by her love of theatre and creative makeup.

Not only does she paint the set around her eyes, she has 3D props including tiny paper chairs, playing cards, and various cardboard characters, all glued on.

She tells Metro.co.uk how she started creating these magical looks.

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Take a good hard look at this dog breed because it’s going extinct

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This is an Otterhound, from many angles (Picture: Getty/Metro.co.uk)

Devastating news over here at Doggo Towers.

We’ve caught wind that some breeds of dog native to the UK are in serious danger of going extinct.

The UK has 220 pedigree dog breeds, but the top six – Labrador, French Bulldog, Cocker Spaniel, Pug and English Springer Spaniel and Bulldog – account for more registrations between them than the remaining 214 breeds.

In fact, the Labrador was named Britain’s favourite dog back in January, after a poll questioned more than 10,000 people. The Labrador. The bloody Labrador.

We’re neglecting the other breeds so much that the Kennel Club has compiled a list of Read the full story

11 boozy Easter eggs for adults

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Easter is coming, which means it’s time to stock up on the Easter eggs for the kids and start planning your Easter egg hunts.

Oh, and if you get a few minutes, why not stop and look for an egg for yourself?

There’s lots on offer beyond the standard Malteser and Creme Egg. If you’re a fan of Daim, you can now get a giant Easter egg completely made out of the stuff.

Or if you’re not a sweets person, why not go for something savoury, like this Easter egg completely made out of cheese?

However, if you are after chocolate – but you’re wanting something a bit more adult, we’ve… Read the full story

Tiny chihuahua abandoned in a towel in the park finds a loving home

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Tiny the chihuahua was found shivering under a hedge in Roundwood Park in Willesden, North West London.

He was freezing cold, dehydrated, and had been dumped in the park wrapped in a towel.

Thankfully he was found by someone who was able to bring Tiny into animal welfare charity Mayhew for help.

Tiny was terrified. He was shaking like a leaf, clearly scared of people after being abandoned.

Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officer, AJ Ford, said: ‘Poor Tiny was wrapped up in a towel and looked terrified.

These are the best cities to live in as a millennial

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A young man is drinking coffee and looking from an apartment window, enjoying the afternoon on a cloudy Autumn day in Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg.
A millennial looking smug because he lives in Berlin,
the best city in the world for his people (Picture: Getty)

Are you a millennial who’s dissatisfied with where you currently live?

Do you want to move, but you’re not sure where’s best for you? Do you wish someone would take the time to rank major cities around the world based on what’s important to you?

Well, pal. Sit down. It’s your lucky day.

Apartment rental site, Nestpick has made a list of the top 110 cities to… Read the full story

5 ways to make new friends when you have social anxiety

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Finding friends who have experienced similar things to you can be a good start (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

Everyone gets nervous sometimes, but what about when your nerves can stop you from socialising altogether?

This is known as social anxiety disorder, an overwhelming fear of social situations that can leave sufferers debilitated and avoiding real life meet-ups at all costs.

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) describes it as one of the most common anxiety disorders.

And in the US it’s estimated that the disorder affects 6.8% of the population.

Having personally overcome the condition in the last few years, I wanted to let you know that it is possible to… Read the full story

What you should know about vaginal micro-tears

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The idea of your vagina tearing is pretty terrifying.

Most of us associate tears with ripped perineums thanks to the wonders of childbirth. Those are indeed bloody scary.

But tears don’t always happen on such a dramatic level. Along with large tears you can easily see (and feel. Ouch.), it’s also possible – and extremely common – to develop micro-tears in the vagina and vulva.

These are teeny-tiny tears that are usually caused by sex, inserting a tampon, or masturbation.

Micro-tears happen when the vagina is not properly lubricated, and the membrane or skin gets pulled. Because the skin around this… Read the full story

How ‘healthy’ food tracking apps could actually be leading to an increase in disordered eating

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Tracking everything you eat can start off feeling soothing, but can quickly turn obessive (Picture: MMUFFIN for Metro.co.uk)

Of all the things for a generation to be obsessed with, fitness and well-being seems to be pretty harmless.

While the 20-somethings of the past would binge drink cheap wine and party until the early hours (or so I vaguely remember), my hangover-free contemporaries seem more likely to ask to arrange to meet at a yoga studio for an acai bowl than anything else.

What?s the difference between disordered eating and an eating disorder? - for eating disorder week (Frances) (Picture: Erin Aniker for Metro.co.uk)Read the full story
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