On the 10th of December Mike King and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." Our guest was 20-year old Kiana Burkett who shared her life of childhood trauma, bulimia, suicidal ideation and hospitalisation.  She and close friend Jayden Strickland talk about how their friendship pulled her through the darkest moments of her life. To Read More >

The one thing you can do to change your life

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... I'm always suspicious of blogs or columns that say some version of "the one change you can make NOW to improve your life" because, well it's always more complicated than that, isn't it? Or maybe Read More >

Nutters Club: A journey through food addiction

On the 3rd of December Hamish Coleman-Ross and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." Our guest was Charmaine Ngarimu who talked about her relationship with food, morbid obesity and a gastric bypass which helped her to lose half her body weight. To listen to the audio of the show, it's in two parts Read More >

The real impact of stress

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... Stress. It's one of those modern buzzwords. We all know what it means, and what it feels like: the clawing in your gut, the tension headaches, the inability to sit still and relax because there Read More >

The real reason people get so angry about beggars

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... Calls to once more "ban begging", this time in Christchurch, have hit headlines. It's sadly one of those stories that flares up from time to time, with the predictable outrage on both sides ensuring the Read More >

Nutters Club: Is there still stigma around mental health?

On the 19th of November Hamish Coleman-Ross and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." We discussed whether after years of campaigning public stigma still remains around mental health issues, and took calls from our listeners. To listen to the audio of the show, it's in two parts, click the links below… Click here Read More >

The truth about depression

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... There is no one "depression". Everything has an upside and a downside. We've come so far with our efforts to de-stigmatise mental illness by encouraging people to talk about their struggles with anxiety and depression Read More >

Nutters Club: Kindness and mental health

On the 12th of November Hamish Coleman-Ross and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." We invited listeners to call in and tell us how kindness has impacted people's lives and helped with their mental health. To listen to the audio of the show, it's in two parts, click the links below… Click here for Read More >

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