Sian Ferguson

Sian Ferguson

I'm a freelance writer.

Reporting, essays, analysis, and content writing. Areas of interest include health and social justice. Available for freelance assignments.

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Why We Need to Stop Saying Anti-Queer Bigots Are Closeted Gay People

Have you ever said that someone biased against queer people was probably secretly gay? Find out why this as a dangerous line of thinking.

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10 Practical Ways to Support Someone Struggling Right Now

It’s great to offer to be there for someone – but how can you actually show up when they’re having a tough time? These simple ideas can make it doable!

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Self-Diagnosing Mental Illness Isn't Perfect – But Here's Why It Can Be Necessary

Let’s talk about why you may be skeptical about self-diagnosis – and why it can useful for some folks with mental illness.

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5 Reasons Why It's Not Okay To Wish Rape On Rapists

Reason #1: “It implies that rape is sometimes deserved.” Your anger is understandable – but here’s what’s dangerous about wishing for rapists to be raped.

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4 Myths About Self-Harm We Urgently Need to Unlearn

Myth #2: “Self-harm is done for attention.” This author learned about self-harm at a young age, and in a terrible way. Let’s do better by unlearning these myths.

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20+ Struggles Mentally Ill People Face in Colleges and Universities

Dealing with the symptoms of mental illness can be hard enough – and these examples of ableism on campus make college even tougher for students.

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3 Reasons Why Calling Bigots 'Uneducated' Is Counter-Productive

Some bigots may be uneducated - but history makes it abundantly clear that someone’s level of education isn’t inherently linked to how open-minded or progressive they are.

What the Wedding Industrial Complex Is – And How It's Hurting Our Ideas Of Romantic Love

What the Wedding Industrial Complex Is Ever thought about how many people’s jobs depend on the pressure to get married? The wedding industry may seem harmless, but it’s feeding us some toxic ideas.

3 Things to Remind Yourself When Your Healing Process Is Going Slowly

It’s normal to sometimes feel frustrated with yourself when your healing process is taking forever.

5 Things Not to Say to Someone Who's Dropped Out of College

There’s a harmful idea that people with degrees are better than those without them – and you might be falling for it if you’d say these things to a college dropout.

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3 Reasons Why 'Just' Seeing a Therapist Isn't That Simple

When people speak about their traumas, we’re often quick to suggest that they see a therapist. Therapy can be healing and valuable - but 'just' seeing a therapist isn't that simple.

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5 New Year's Resolutions I'm Making as a Survivor of Sexual Assault

2016 has been a difficult year for so many survivors and victims of sexual assault. Here are a few love-filled resolutions that may work for you.

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4 Ways to Support Someone Who's Had a Miscarriage

If someone you care about has a miscarriage, you want to support them – but it’s hard to know how. These steps can help you figure it out.

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4 Harmful Ways We Dismiss Teenagers’ Mental Health Issues

“What do you have to be depressed about?” Many adults think young people’s mental health issues are just a phase of youth. Time to take them more seriously.

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5 Important Notes Every High School Activist Needs

High schoolers are doing some impressive activism these days – but it can be challenging to balance school with activism. These tips can help.