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…

Imagination, my asylum – Gary Platz

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” I came upon this quote of Einstein’s the other day. It resonated. ‘Imagination is more important than knowledge’. My mind went back to 1990’s. A period of great turbulence for me, a time…

Starting a Peer Support Group – Dennis Duerr

REALITIES: How it happened – and is happening Realities is a group that supports people in their experience of their perception of Reality. The group has been running for a year now. The following is the Reality of how it all happened, as perceived by me, Dennis, facilitator of the group. A couple of years…

Election 2017 – The Māori Party’s Reply

Kia ora team, Please see the Māori Party responses below: 1. What is your party’s vision for the mental health and wellbeing of all people in our country? The Māori Party is committed to ensuring all people of New Zealand benefit from a loving, caring and supportive society. We want whānau to be the best…

Poems – Cushla Louis-Carroll

The nightmare Wresting with the demons that live inside my head They come in the night, it’s something I dread They try to remind me of the stuff I’ve thrown to the wind, the boys, the priesthood and the ultimate sin It just a broken jigsaw that I’ve tried to throw away.  But those pieces…