Here’s what’s really wrong with smacking kids

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... So here we are, in 2017, once more having a debate because some people believe it's a good thing to use physical violence against children. And as if that isn't bad enough, some politicians even Read More >

Nutters Club: Mental Health an election issue?

On the 18th of June Hamish Coleman-Ross and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." We talked about recent reports that there are around 90 NZ Police call outs every 24 hours that can be directly related to mental health issues in NZ, and whether Mental Health was an election issue this year.  We also took Read More >

The Kiwi way is bad for our mental health

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... Most people who experience depression believe themselves to be "bad". Maybe not all the time, but certainly when they're depressed. For some it is so pervasive they feel themselves to be evil, bad to the Read More >

Nutters Club: Talkback and your questions

On the 11th of June Hamish Coleman-Ross and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." We talked about the stories of the week in Mental Health, and took a wide range of calls talking about medication, how to best help young people and the impact of dementia. To listen to the audio of the Read More >

What becomes of the broken hearted?

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... "Are some people just more optimistic than others?" Regardless of who we are, we all know deep emotional pain. That heart-rending pain that feels like your guts are being ripped out. Heartbreak, rejection, bereft, alone Read More >

Nutters Club: Maria Dillon on suicide and loss

On the 4th of June Hamish Coleman-Ross and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." Our guest was Maria Dillon who held the story of her son's suicide for 3 years before it was able to be told, as details of the case were suppressed by the coroner. She openly shares about the loss and grief Read More >

What causes someone to become a hoarder?

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... I have a pocket watch that was my great grandfather's. It's not particularly valuable, but it means a lot to me. I never use it, it just sits on a shelf. But, like a small Read More >

On the 28th of May Hamish Coleman-Ross and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." We discussed 18-year-old Harry McLean, who committed suicide while under mental health care in Christchurch in 2013. After TVNZ1's Sunday broadcast on his story, we dove deeper into a deeply flawed New Zealand system and question why New Zealand's Director Read More >

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