The most awful game of rugby ever

This is my recent column in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital “Premium” edition every Thursday… Since watching a particularly awful game of rugby, Kyle MacDonald has pondered how we react to loss and are led by our national team. Eight years ago the mental wellbeing of our nation hung on Read more

On the 10th of November Hamish and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club.” We talked with Brooke O’Neill about her experience of postpartum psychosis just days after the birth of her first child. She was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and prescribed Lithium to treat the symptoms. O’Neill talks about 13 years of chasing Read more

On the 3rd of November Hamish and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club.” We talked with siblings Danny and Rachel Kittner originally from Seattle about their tandem addictions. Both began with alcohol experimentation as teenagers that progressed onto marijuana and harder drugs after that. Each found their rock bottom and respective paths to recovery Read more

More guns won’t make people safer

This is my recent column in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital “Premium” edition every Thursday… You can tell a lot about people by their attitude towards the Police. Odds are if you’ve grown up in a leafy inner-city, suburb the only time you have any dealings with the constabulary is Read more

On the 20th of October Hamish and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club.” We talked with Wiremu Phillips who shared his story of growing up in what he describes as a ‘once were warriors’ life, his parents drinking and doing drugs and him left to be the primary caregiver. At age 20 he Read more

The New Zealanders who feel most alone

This is my recent column in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital “Premium” edition every Thursday… Research suggests we are facing an epidemic of loneliness and isolation. Kyle MacDonald discusses what can we do to help. When a young person dies in their hostel room, and their body lies undiscovered for Read more

On the 13th of October Hamish and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club.” We talked with Anna Elders about how she first learned a form of talk therapy called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Elders describes the huge benefits she has seen using CBT in her work as a mental health nurse, and the Read more

The real problem with illicit drug use

This is my recent column in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital “Premium” edition every Thursday… Before we go any further let’s get really clear on something: The safest form of drug use is no use – and that includes alcohol too, writes Kyle MacDonald. Did you know that ecstasy, or Read more

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