The Nutters Club: The Inside Word on Jehan Casinader

On the 22nd of April Hamish Coleman-Ross and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." We were joined by Journalist Jehan Casinader, who talked about mental health, the media and his new show "The Inside Word" which discusses topics usually publicly treated with stigma, shame and silence. He also discussed personal challenges in his childhood which informed his life, and lead to his Read More >

The problem with being optimistic about life

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... Plans, as the saying goes, are what men make while the Gods laugh.But of course we make them anyway. Because a life without a future, even only an imagined one, isn't much of a life Read More >

Nutters Club: How Words Impact Us

On the 15th of April Hamish Coleman-Ross and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." We discussed a variety of mental health topics, including how words can be be a powerful tool or weapon, particularly augmented through social media and its reach. To listen to the audio of the show, it's in two parts Read More >

Why Israel Folau’s gay comment is hate speech

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... As a one-eyed All Black fan and rugby tragic, I don't generally like Australian Rugby players. It's not personal. In fact I'm sure many of them are decent people. David Pocock stands out as an Read More >

Nutters Club: Hailey Trappitt and I AM HOPE

On the 8th of April I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club" with Psychologist Dr. Ingo Lambrecht. We were joined by 17-year old Hailey Trappitt and Mike King.  Hailey shared how she went from being a depressed, suicidal inpatient of the Auckland Child and Family Unit to becoming one of the stars of Mike King’s I Read More >

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... The most interesting studies in psychology occurred around fifty years ago. It's not that we haven't found out anything interesting since then, it's that academic psychology is now required to have all human experiments approved Read More >

Nutters Club: Jessica and Recovery from Trauma

On the 1st of April Hamish Coleman-Ross and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." We were joined by Jessica, who after surviving emotional, physical and sexual childhood abuse and facing the results of trauma including PTSD and OCD,  is channeling the lessons she's learned into a blog to help others in similar situations.  To see her Read More >

It’s dangerous to teach kids about gun safety

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... It's amazing how well-intentioned adults can get things profoundly wrong when they wade into a child's world and fail to understand the nature of child's play. Even the most imaginative child understands the division between Read More >

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