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…

Election 2017 – The Green Party’s Reply

Tēnā koutou Thank you for your letter dated the 17th of May 2017 regarding the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand’s policy on mental health and the wellbeing of New Zealanders. Below are the responses to your questions. 1. What is your party’s vision for the mental health and wellbeing of all people in our…

The Mental Health Impact of Hate Crime – LaQuisha St Redfern

Christmas 2016 I had, what I’m calling: ‘a mental health speed-wobble’. Speed-wobble: when you’re driving on the freeway and you’re going too fast. Speeding on a on a motorway. Then the steering wheel starts to vibrate in your hands and you think “I’m pushing it a bit”. The whole car is wobbling, so you grip…

There’s An Election Coming – Mad in Aotearoa

Yesterday afternoon (17 May) the following letter was emailed to: jonathan.coleman@parliament.govt.nz david.clark@parliament.govt.nz julieanne.genter@parliament.govt.nz barbara.stewart@parliament.govt.nz marama.fox@parliament.govt.nz peter.dunne@parliament.govt.nz david.seymour@parliament.govt.nz gareth@top.org.nz Kei te rangatira, tēnā koutou MENTAL HEALTH – GENERAL ELECTION We are writing to ask for information about your vision, policies and targets for the mental health and wellbeing of the people of Aotearoa/New Zealand. We will…

Why Worry? – Anna Jane Jackman

(A short essay about the art of worrying as a millennial) I’ll be honest. I have been avoiding putting on my writing cap for a while now; hoping that if I just don’t worry about it, then no harm will come to me. Alas, this was not the case, and as a result I suffered…