Author: Jennifer Oroilidis (Brussels, Belgium)

Mental health & violence: myths debunked

Despite a heightened level of mental health awareness, stigmatisation remains widespread. Mental health stigma means that people are judged in a negative way because of their experience with mental ill-health. Misrepresentation in movies like Joker (2019) and scapegoating by politicians only add fuel to prejudices. Persons with lived experience of mental ill health are the… Read more »

Iraqi Kurdistan: Yazidi refugees fight
to survive amid lockdown

While citizens in many Western countries mourn the loss of their freedoms, with some still refusing to follow lockdown restrictions, some Yazidis stranded in the refugee camps in Kurdistan are faced with far more existential threats.  Ghazala is a journalism student and contributing writer for Newscoop. Her family lives in one of the Internally Displaced… Read more »

Interview: Belgian Network for Black Lives

The recent case of police brutality by white police officers that resulted in the murder of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man in Minneapolis, US has sparked a global outcry and protests all over the world. Newscoop spoke to Stephanie Collingwoode Williams, spokesperson for the Belgian Network For Black Lives, about police brutality, systemic… Read more »

Culture Vitamins: powerful medicine for mental health

Mental ill-health around the world seems to be downright epidemic, with more than 263 million people globally suffering from depression. Fewer than half of those affected receive treatment, because the stigma around the issue still prevents many people from seeking professional help. Therefore, Denmark took a different approach. The Nordic country launched an arts project… Read more »

Australia: forced quarantine in Crown Hotel

When Ben stepped onto a plane in Canada that would take him back home to Melbourne, Australia, he got ready for what was in store for him. Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19, he was forced into a 14-day quarantine by the government: police picked him and other passengers up from the airport to… Read more »

In Northern Italy, citizen spirit remains unbroken

Coronavirus has hit particularly hard in Northern Italy, where more than 17,000 people have already died. What does it feel like to watch your home country be overrun by COVID-19 while you are forced to live under quarantine? Luca, assistant editor at Newscoop, describes how COVID-19 has impacted his life in Rome. Life under lockdown:… Read more »

Australia in times of COVID-19: a collection of testimonies

Jia (Melbourne, Australia) Melbourne is currently in stage 3 lockdown where you’re only allowed to leave the house for groceries, exercise, or for work/study that cannot be done from home. Indoor/outdoor gatherings of more than two people are banned. Police are able to fine you $1600 if you break these new regulations. I still leave… Read more »

South America: class division and a lack of leadership

Alexandra (Brazil) I am visiting my husband’s grandparents in Brazil who are quite old. They have been struggling with respiratory issues for years already so they are in the ultimate risk group. They asked us to not leave the house first only for a week, but since the number of infected people has kept growing… Read more »

Germany: students carry on despite pandemic

Celina, highschool student from Germany Due to the rapid spreading of the virus all schools in Germany are now closed. That has a huge impact on me because I am going to graduate this year. Teachers were supposed to give us exercises and text us via an online platform that completely collapsed for the first… Read more »

COVID-19: Quarantine stories

Shabana (Cape Town, South Africa) South Africa has been in lock down since the 27th of March, so it’s been 8 days now.  We have about 1500 confirmed corona cases at present and 9 deaths. Lockdown for us means that you are not allowed to leave the house for anything except grocery shopping or for… Read more »

COVID-19: Opportunity to re-connect with your inner self

Amalia (France) As I got back from my travels just a few months ago, I hadn’t gotten back to a work nor study routine when the quarantine started, so my life was not too affected, apart from the fact that I don’t go outside my home anymore. I am currently isolating with my mom and… Read more »