Originally published on the Spinoff website... ‘Mental disorders’ rank as the third-leading cause of health loss for New Zealanders. Kyle MacDonald makes the case for universal, free counselling for all. What if I told you that one of the biggest and most expensive health problems in New Zealand was not only being ignored, but although Read More >

The Nutters Club: Mother’s Day

On the 13th of May Hamish Coleman-Ross and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." We took calls and talked about how Mother's Day isn't a celebratory day for everyone. How does it affect those of us it holds negative connotations for? Also how could cannabis be decriminalised safely? To listen to the audio of the show, it's Read More >

What we’re forgetting about cannabis

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... With so much talk around medical cannabis, legalisation and how "safe" it is as a recreational drug, it is important to remember that, for many, the drug can wreak havoc on their lives. One such Read More >

Press Release: Kyle MacDonald - Psychotherapist and Mental Health Advocate *** Today marks the beginning of a national campaign to make counselling and talk therapy universally available and free to all New Zealanders. The campaign is inviting people to sign in support of free counselling an “Open Submission” to the “Independent Review of Mental Health Read More >

On the 6th of May Hamish Coleman-Ross and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." Our guest was Dave Chant who accidentally became one of the first ever Nutters Club guests in 2009 when a 30-year marijuana habit came to a dramatic end. How did fate intervene and what is his life like almost 10 Read More >

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... I'd heard of the "Involuntary Celibate" movement but in the interest of my own wellbeing had largely avoided engaging in any detail. I deal enough with the outcome of trauma and humans being awful to Read More >

The Nutters Club: Mental health in families

On the 29th of April Hamish Coleman-Ross and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." We talked with callers about how we can deal with mental health and addiction issues in families, and what can we do if we think a loved one is in trouble? To listen to the audio of the show Read More >

Why you should compare yourself to others

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... We all do it. We look around and compare ourselves with others: our success, what we have, where we live. As a social animal, it's natural to look for signs that tell us where we Read More >

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