Affirmations – Jonathon Hagger

We are stories we tell ourselves. Sometimes these stories are positive and build us up, other times they are negative and break us down. Every human being has thoughts, feelings and the ability to either connect those two things together or to keep them separate. When our thoughts are dark and moody our feelings may…

Integrative, Holistic and Ancestral Health – Sarah O’Connor

Karen Faisandier works as a clinical psychologist in Wellington CBD at the Integrative Practice where she incorporates Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), integrative medicine and ancestral knowledge. I asked Karen why she chose to work in this field and she told me that she became interested in psychological theories while learning about childhood development as part…

Election 2017 – NZ First’s Reply

1. What is your party’s vision for the mental health and wellbeing of all people in our country? New Zealand Firsts’ vision for mental health and wellbeing of all people in our country is to provide our citizens with certainty about their healthcare and ensure timely access to quality services. We support calls for a…

Me & Psych Drugs – Andrea Bates

Psychotropic medications are a contentious subject. There are a lot of vested interests involved. The interests I care most about are the people who are prescribed these drugs. I took a number of psychiatric drugs, in a variety of combinations, for a long time. I don’t take any psychiatric drugs at the moment. If I…

My Happy Kitchen – Sarah O’Connor

A while ago I was having a coffee with my sister and she told me of a Listener article about a British woman called Rachel Kelly who decided to use nutrition to support herself through depression and anxiety. Rachel, a successful journalist and mother of five, spent five years working with nutritionist Alice MacKintosh to…