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 >

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 >

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