Is National right about e-therapy for mental health?

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... When National's record on mental health was questioned in the final Leaders Debate before the election, party leader Bill English made the bold claim that e-therapy works as well as face-to-face therapy. But does it Read More >

Conference Keynote: The State of Mental Health

On the 9th of August I was asked to present a keynote speech at the Careerforce Workforce Development Conference, at Te Papa in Wellington. It was a joint keynote with Mike King, on the "State of Mental Health in New Zealand."  Below is the video of the keynote, along with Mikes keynote and the question Read More >

The Nutters Club: Post-election talkback

On the 24th of September Hamish Coleman-Ross and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." We took calls from our listeners about a wide variety of mental health topics including the election, Seasonal Affective Disorder and panic attacks. To listen to the audio of the show, it's in two parts, click the links below… Read More >

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 >

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