Flash fiction at the Hillingdon Literary Festival 2017

I’m on my annual trip to a London with my eldest daughter to visit her grandparents. This weekend, I took some adult time to visit the 3rd Hillingdon Literary Festival.  To be honest, I was amazed this existed. I remember back in the day that Hayes had an independent bookshop of which I was a […]

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Break until mid-October 2017

Hi all, Just a quick update for you. I’m lucky enough to have recently become a dad again, and I’m also a candidate in the NZ General Election for the Labour Party.  So, I’ll be taking a break from podcasting for a few weeks, but I’ll be back again in the middle of October. Until […]

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It is clear that 4 out of 5 people have experienced a mental health disorder by the time they reach midlife. What do we know about those who don’t?

You might be familiar with the often quoted statistic that 1 in 4 or 1 in 5 people experience mental health difficulties. What you might not be aware of is that is the answer if people are answering about what they are experiencing at that particular point in time. Long-term studies following the same people […]

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My NZ Fabians Society Seminar: Broaden and Build – Key elements for an effective mental health system in Aotearoa New Zealand

On Friday 21 July, I gave an invited seminar to the NZ Fabians Society in Wellington. It was entitled, “Broaden and Build – Key elements for an effective mental health system in Aotearoa New Zealand”. Amongst other issues, in this discussion I provided reminders of the importance of exposure to unfavourable social, economic and environmental […]

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The surprising upside of worrying #28

Worrying can be described as the process of unpleasant thoughts that keep coming back and cause us to be anxious or distressed. Although it’s certainly true that worrying is often seen as a problem, there is increasing evidence that it can also be seen in positive ways too.  In this show I speak with Associate Professor […]

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