‘This is the kind of programming that keeps people’s spirits alive’

Drag Queen Story Hour is a nonprofit organization that hosts programs in which drag queens read books to children that touch on gender identity and all forms of difference. The readings, which began in 2015, aim to teach acceptance, diversity and empathy to kids through the power of storytelling. 

Before the coronavirus pandemic, the queens would pop up in libraries, schools, museums and community centers to read to groups of children and provide fun educational experiences such as singing songs and doing arts and crafts activities.

But with stay-at-home orders, shuttered businesses and social distancing protocols, Drag Queen Story Hour went virtual, conducting live streams on Facebook and Instagram to continue to educate and entertain children. Not only has this provided a broader reach for the organization’s programming, but it has also increased accessibility for students. 

“Introducing children to the idea of drag is really is what Drag Queen Story

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NHS Lanarkshire launches new website to help with people’s mental health

A new website for Lanarkshire puts high-quality mental health self-help at people’s fingertips.

Lanarkshire Mind Matters has been produced by NHS Lanarkshire’s psychological services. It aims to link adults aged 18 and over to evidence-based mental health information, advice and help.

There are links to self-help for problems including anxiety, depression and panic, as well as free online courses and information about how to maintain mental and physical wellbeing.

Further resources are already being developed.

The website will continually evolve as part of a wider move to provide accessible online services during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.

Clinical psychologist Dr Simon Stuart, who has led the development of Lanarkshire Mind Matters, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on what all services are able to offer people. Even something as simple as visiting a health centre has become more challenging.

“NHS Lanarkshire’s psychological services were already exploring ways

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