People pleasing can be detrimental to your health

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... "What does it mean if I'm a "people pleaser"? Is it a bad thing? It's one of those strange ideas in the self-help books isn't it? Who wouldn't want to please people, and how could Read More >

Nutters Club: Belinda Nash on the impact of Rape

On the 14th of May Hamish Coleman-Ross and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." Our guest was Belinda Nash a freelance writer and blogger. She has also recently been part of a rape awareness campaign (see below for the video) which has garnered international attention. She talks about being raped by a flatmate as Read More >

Why you shouldn’t always live by the rules

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... "I got told I'm a very black-and-white thinker. What does this mean?" Life is full of rules. Some of them are useful, like driving on the correct side of the road. Others: less so. Therapists Read More >

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... "What does having someone 'sectioned' mean?" "Sectioning" is a term used by mental health workers as short hand for having someone assessed and treated under the "Compulsory Assessment and Treatment Act (1992)." - You can Read More >

Nutters Club: The Roaring Silence

On the 30th of April Hamish Coleman-Ross and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." Our guests were Ashton Brown and Julia West who were both contributors to "The Roaring Silence", a book of poetry, prose, artwork and interviews, published to destigmatise and raise awareness around suicide.  To buy a copy of the book click Read More >

People’s Mental Health Review – Video Update

We put together two short updates (below) on the People's Mental Health Report, hope you enjoy them! To support the recommendations of the Report, sign our open letter by clicking here...   Read More >

Face facts, New Zealand is a nation of bullies

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... We all have myths and half-truths we tell ourselves, it's what we call an "ego-ideal". It's the positive version of how we imagine ourselves to be. At best it's a half-truth, at worst it can Read More >

Nutters Club: Graham Moyle

On the 23rd of April Mike King and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." Our guest was Graham Moyle.  Grahams brother was murdered ten years ago by a patient on release from a psychiatric hospital.  We talkedab out his journey of battling the system to better respond to the needs of families, and Read More >

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