Coaching posts

What do we know about how young women think about food at school?

In this episode I talk to Dr. Eva Neely, a lecturer at the School of Public Health at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand. She has done some groundbreaking research on the social health meanings of food for youth in schools – which is a step away from the usual health-focused approach used when trying […]

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Five ideas for reforming mental health care in New Zealand

The first article in this short series looked at the scale and scope of the problem of increasing mental health related presentations in New Zealand. In that first article, I argued that ‘Capitalism with a Human Face’ can take its place in altering the settings of the economy in favour of the experience of those […]

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How ‘Capitalism with a human face’ can influence mental health reform

This is an exciting time: a new Labour – NZ First Government, with support from the Green Party, with new leadership focused on how “capitalism must regain its human face”. This people and environment-centred Government will also rightly be focused on addressing the mental health problems and misery experienced by many in New Zealand, and […]

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Are we more likely to move after disaster if we have a history of moving?

Earlier this year (June 2017), I was asked to give a talk on the broad topic of risk communication at the annual Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management Conference 2017, themed The Future of Emergency Management. If you scroll down below, you’ll find the YouTube video of me delivering this short talk, but I’ve […]

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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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How to talk about Manchester, London Bridge (and other terror attacks)

Photo: AFP I’ve been asked by a few people about how to talk about the terrible bombing attack in Manchester yesterday, especially with children and young people. Or even whether to talk about it at all. And now there is London Bridge too, just a few days later. People are also wondering how they themselves should […]

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How to tell the difference between fact and fiction on a ‘post-truth’ internet

“Right now we have a health hazard to democratic functioning.” Those are the words of Professor Sam Wineberg of the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University in the United States, my guest on this edition of The Psychology Report. Professor Weinberg and his colleagues have been looking at the sorts of errors that we […]

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Sleep paralysis – more common than you might think

In this week’s Psychology Report, I talked with Associate Professor Dr Brian Sharpless of the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Northern Virginia, USA. Brian is interested in unusual disorders, and for this show, we are talking about sleep paralysis. Brian has been interested in the phenomenon of sleep paralysis for some time and […]

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How do emojis change our communication?

In this Psychology Report, I talked with Dr Michael Philipp of Massey University School of Psychology here in New Zealand. Michael and his students are interested in how emoji and emoticons are used in computer based communication – so, those emails tweets and Facebook posts – that kind of thing. I start by asking Michael […]

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What creeps us out?

SJ:       In this Psychology Report, I talk with Professor Frank McAndrew at Knox College in Illinois, USA, and we get into the concept of creepy and how he studied it in this paper. Now, creepy is a phrase you may have been hearing a lot more over the last two or three years, and often […]

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