This opinion piece was orginally published on the Spinoff Website.  To see the original article click here... The government’s budget announcement trumpeted a new $224 million spend on mental health – but is the plan really as impressive as it sounds? Kyle MacDonald digs into the numbers. If you’ve ever shopped around trying to compare Read More >

Why ‘snowflake’ millennials is a term of abuse

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... "Are millennials really more sensitive?" For the most part, I'm not a fan of generalisations. It's just a short skip and a jump from there to a stereotype, and it's evil cousin, prejudice. But we Read More >

On the 21st of May Mike King and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." Mike talked about his recent resignation from the Government's Suicide Prevention External Advisory Panel, and we took calls from listeners.   To listen to the audio of the interview, it's in two parts, click the links below… Click here Read More >

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 >

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