Why asking for help with mental health is so hard

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... It hasn't been easy putting together a national review of mental health services with four people, volunteer help and no budget. But it's nothing compared to the courage over 500 people had to speak out Read More >

Nutters Club: Norm Phillips

On the 16th of April Richie Hardcore and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." Our guest was Norm Phillips.  His name is synonymous with health and fitness both in New Zealand and internationally. Growing up in Otara as one of 7 children, his upbringing, teens and early 20's weren't easy.  A promising career as Read More >

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... "Why do mental health staff ignore family information, why are we seen as a problem rather than an important part of treatment and recovery." There is no doubt that our childhood shapes and renders the Read More >

On the 9th of April Mike King and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." Our guest was 21-year old Lucy McSweeny is calling for a review of the education system, specifically focusing on incorporating mental health to help young people have a better experience through their schooling. To view and sign her Action Station Read More >

How many counselling sessions do you need?

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... "What do you think of the subsidised counselling available via GPs? Do four sessions really make an impact?" Without doubt the hardest question to answer when someone starts therapy is "how long will it take?" Read More >

On the 2nd of April Hamish Coleman-Ross and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." We discussed the mental health of farmers after a recent Federated Famers report stated that farmers' suicide rate 20-50% higher than urban dwellers. To listen to the audio of the interview, it's in two parts, click the links below… Read More >

Does self help actually work?

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... I believe the key to a good self help book is in the tittle, get that right and you'll sell a truckload. And there's also little doubt they're popular, the self help section in most Read More >

Nutters Club: Grief and Depression

On the 26th of March Hamish Coleman-Ross and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." We discussed what happens for people when family members or friends have long terminal illnesses and pass away and how do you deal with grief? To listen to the audio of the interview, it's in two parts, click the Read More >

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