The number of photos we take has increased hugely. How does this change our experience of life? #35

For many of you listening to this podcast, taking photos of things and people in our lives has become much more common, as well as documenting our experiences of life. Understanding how the act of taking photos may get in the way of or increase our pleasure in these activities seems like an important topic […]

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The language of ageism, and how we use it against ourselves #34

There has been a lot of recent attention on gender pay equity, the re-emergence of racism in western societies, and how youth mental health has been an increasing concern in recent years. However, the way we talk about older people, and indeed, how older people view and talk about themselves is also revealing of deeper […]

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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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Regulations of love: How to feel better when relationships end WCWTP#33

Most people will experience a relationship break up. They can be hard to get over. One way to manage this is to try to actively decrease the feelings of love you have for your ex-partner? But does this work? Do people believe they an control their feelings of love in this way? Can you actually […]

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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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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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