The Strength to Survive

As the law stands currently in New Zealand, victims and perpetrators of child sexual abuse are all automatically granted name suppression as soon as proceedings start.  The rationale for this is to protect the victim, as naming a perpetrator in a family sexual abuse case also "outs" the victim.  But what happens when the person Read More >

Nutters Club: James Robinson Outside the Comfort Zone

On the 13th of July Mike King and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." We talked with James Robinson about the grief of losing a baby, depression and his Facebook page, which he set up to help people struggling with mental health problems "Outside the Comfort Zone." To listen to the audio of Read More >

My new chair

This week I bought a new chair.  That might not seem like a big deal, but the thing about my job is you spend about 25 - 30 hours sitting, in the same chair.  No micro-pauses, no getting up and moving around.  Just sitting. I know from experience this isn't great for my back.  I Read More >

Nutters Club: Support Don’t Punish

On the 22nd of June Richie Hardcore and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." We talked all about addiction, the international Support Don't Punish Day and took calls on both topics. To listen to the audio of the show, it’s in two parts, click the links below… Click here for The Nutters Club Read More >

The Laughter Task

The stereotypical image of the father throwing a young infant in the air while mum anxiously looks on, is one that all parents are familiar with. Recent research has suggested that this type of vigorous play that typically fathers engage in is not only good for children but may in fact be necessary for their Read More >

Politicising therapy

In 1969 Carol Hanisch a radical feminist coined the phrase the "personal is political".  Now it seems in 2015 as if the "psychological is political."  Mark Sainsbury and I talked about the overlap of politics, mental health and therapy on his Radio Live Sunday show this week.  (Click here to hear the interview) Over the Read More >

Opinion: Make love not war

This article originally appeared in the May 2015 edition of the New Zealand Drug Foundation's Journal "Matters of Substance" Click here to see the original article... Kyle MacDonald talks to author Johann Hari about his new book Chasing the Scream. Addiction, for those who overcome it, is about adversity: of facing demons and persevering through Read More >

Nutters Club: Social Bonds and Assisted Suicide

On the 8th of June Mike King and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." We talked all about the newly announced policy of Social Bonds, and in the second half of the show assisted suicide, and took calls on both topics. To listen to the audio of the show, it’s in two parts Read More >

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