Why you’ll probably vote for the wrong party

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... A certain Bulgarian-Maori friend of mine has some wisdom he trots out when people ignore evidence: "Don't confuse me with the facts". Psychologists call it "confirmation bias". Either way, odds are you're voting for the Read More >

Nutters Club: Robert Read and Male Post Natal Depression

On the 17th of September Hamish Coleman-Ross and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." After the birth of his son, a suicidal Robert Read was diagnosed with male post natal depression. He shares how he is using his experience to help others through his Suicide Awareness/ Prevention Facebook page. To listen to the Read More >

What are political parties doing for mental health?

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... It was a year ago when the People's Mental Health Review started to collect stories from people who had direct experience of the growing mental health crisis in New Zealand. We wanted to give voice Read More >

On the 10th of September Hamish Coleman-Ross and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." It was World Suicide Prevention Day and to mark the day 606 pairs of shoes were placed on the lawn at Parliament to represent 606 kiwis who took their lives in the last year. We asked listeners what they would like Read More >

Where mental health stigmas are still rife

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... "Do we still have a problem with stigma towards those with mental illness in NZ?" I wonder what most of you think of now when I say "mental health". Depression? Maybe anxiety? We've done a Read More >

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... Warning: This article is about suicide and may be distressing for some readers. How many New Zealander's dying by suicide are you comfortable with? This week we were presented with the tragic and deeply sad Read More >

Nutters Club: Shoes for Suicide Awareness

On the 27th of August Hamish Coleman-Ross and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." We talked with Simon Oosterman of the Yes We Care Coalition, who are currently touring the country with the "Shoes for Suicide Awareness" project.  To see more about the project click here... We also took calls from our listeners Read More >

Why are people so easily offended these days?

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... "People seem to get offended more easily these days, why is that?" Is it true that people are more easily offended? Is it political correctness gone mad? Has anyone asked how pigs feel about makeup Read More >

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