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17th May 2016 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Laura Davies

by Laura Davies

Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Minding mental health

“It’s Mental Health Awareness week this week, and we’ve taken the opportunity to reflect on a recent mental health consular case the team has been supporting. A few weeks ago, a British National came for a holiday of a lifetime to the Maldives.  This person had a pre-existing mental health condition, but did not inform […]

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5th November 2015

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna

A Match Made In Heaven? Turkish Airlines and VisitBritain

Take a top global airline. Add a top national tourist board. Result: an innovative global marketing partnership to attract more international visitors to Britain. On 20 October, VisitBritain and Turkish Airlines announced a new partnership. The partnership will focus at the UK end on Turkish Airline’s five regional gateways – including Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh […]

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10th October 2015 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Laura Davies

by Laura Davies

Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives

World Mental Health Day

This year, World Mental Health Day is focusing on dignity. We all have mental health.  Treating people with mental health problems with dignity helps everyone take steps to safeguard their wellbeing.  Failing to do so can lead to self-stigma, low confidence, low self-esteem, withdrawal and social isolation. Providing effective support to people experiencing mental health […]

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29th April 2015 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Peter Beckingham

by Peter Beckingham

Governor in Turks and Caicos Islands


There can be few more enjoyable occupations on a Saturday morning than strolling along Grand Turk’s Front Street, past some of the exquisite old buildings like the wonderfully named “Ebenezer” 7th Day Adventist Church and the 19th century home which now houses the national museum. These great reminders of Grand Turk’s history are all set […]

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26th January 2015 London, UK

A Day in the Forced Marriage Unit

Written by Marie Jenkinson – a caseworker in the Forced Marriage Unit of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Forced Marriage Unit Helpline: 0207 008 0151 Forced marriage is an appalling and indefensible practice and is recognised in the UK as a form of violence against women and men, domestic and child abuse, and a serious […]

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10th October 2014 Budapest, Hungary

by Jonathan Knott

Ambassador to Hungary, Budapest

British Bobbies on the beat at Sziget Festival

Guest blog by Police Sergeant Natalie RANAHAN and Police Constable Steve WARDLE, British Bobbies visiting the Sziget Festival, organised by the Hungarian Police and the British Embassy. As police officers, both of us have a number of years experience within the Operations Department and in particular Support Group. This involves a variety of duties including the policing […]

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4th July 2014 London, UK

Surviving a forced marriage

Guest blog by Preet, who is a survivor of a Forced Marriage and Honour Based Abuse. Here is her story. I was born a British Citizen into a very strict and orthodox Sikh family, outside of the UK. My upbringing was very oppressive and the family culture was also suppressive towards the women in the […]

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4th July 2014 London, UK

A Day in The Forced Marriage Unit

Sophie Lott is a case worker in the Forced Marriage Unit of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The first thing I do when I get into work is check for my case updates on the computer – hoping that Nina* did attend the British High Commission overseas where my colleagues could check she was ok […]

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4th July 2014 London, UK

Assisting forced marriage victims: the overseas perspective

Neelam Farooq: senior Consular Assistance, British High Commission Islamabad. It’s Monday morning and I walk into the office with yesterday’s rescue still echoing in my mind, which was in essence a cry for help from a teenage girl Yasmeen*, who is a potential victim of forced marriage. We deal with over 100 cases of Forced […]

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4th December 2013 London, UK

Typhoon Yolanda and the FCO’s Rapid Deployment Teams

Two weeks ago, Mike Taylor led a Foreign Office Rapid Deployment Team (RDTs– we love our jargon!) from London to help locate British nationals affected by Typhoon Yolanda – or Haiyan –  in the Philippines.  Our RDTs are always on call to help deal with crises affecting British nationals around the world.  There are four […]

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