Does NZ need a Minister of Loneliness?

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... This last week the UK Government took the unusual step of appointing a Minister for Loneliness, off the back of findings that reported over 9 million Britons "often or always" feel lonely. Given the growing Read More >

Nutters Club: Loneliness and Mental Health

On the 21st of January Hamish Coleman-Ross and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." In the first Nutters Club show of 2018 we talked about how loneliness and mental health correspond and took calls from our listeners. To listen to the audio of the show, it's in two parts, click the links below… Read More >

The true spirit of Christmas

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... The history of modern advertising has its roots in the propaganda of Nazi Germany, and its ability to influence people en masse by manipulating powerful basic human emotions. Fast forward to 2017, and much the Read More >

Nutters Club: Mental health and the festive season

On the 17th of December Hamish Coleman-Ross and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." We talked about our favourite moments of the year, and asked our listeners how does Christmas affect their mental health? The show now takes a four week break, and will return on Sunday the 21st of January. To listen Read More >

Why your kids should experience boredom this summer

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... Boredom is the bane of many a parent. And as we once again stare down the barrel of the long summer school holidays, the prospect of bored children will likely be on parents' minds. But Read More >

On the 10th of December Mike King and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." Our guest was 20-year old Kiana Burkett who shared her life of childhood trauma, bulimia, suicidal ideation and hospitalisation.  She and close friend Jayden Strickland talk about how their friendship pulled her through the darkest moments of her life. To Read More >

The one thing you can do to change your life

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... I'm always suspicious of blogs or columns that say some version of "the one change you can make NOW to improve your life" because, well it's always more complicated than that, isn't it? Or maybe Read More >

Nutters Club: A journey through food addiction

On the 3rd of December Hamish Coleman-Ross and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." Our guest was Charmaine Ngarimu who talked about her relationship with food, morbid obesity and a gastric bypass which helped her to lose half her body weight. To listen to the audio of the show, it's in two parts Read More >

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