Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Chlöe Swarbrick: There’s a responsibility to be frank and real about mental health

I see my psychologist regularly. I have a history of anxiety and depression. I'm the one-in-six New Zealand adults who has been diagnosed with a "common mental disorder" at some point in their lives.

Shereen Moloney: Let’s rethink dementia approach

"On my good days, I can almost pass for a normal person. On my bad days, I feel like I can't find myself ... I don't know who I am and what I am going to lose next," says Alice Howland in the film Still Alice (2014).

Barry Soper: Greg Boyed and the silent disease of depression

There's nothing that stops you in your tracks like when you hear that someone you knew as a healthy, successful individual has suddenly died.

Grant McLachlan: Fragmented social services are not helping us well

The biggest problem with our health and welfare systems is that we have so many of them.

Kyle MacDonald: Why gay conversion therapy should be banned

Last week two petitions with a total of over 20,000 signatures were presented to the Government calling for "gay conversion therapy" to be made illegal.

Opinion: Mark Jones – Now for the honest conversation…

Former chief nurse Dr Mark Jones believes with the DHB NZNO deal settled it’s now time for an honest conversation about how many nurses we need as a country and how much we are ready to spend.

Vaughan Gunson: Cannabis use for medical purposes should have been done and dusted by...

According to recent polling, nearly 90 per cent of us favour the use of medicinal cannabis for chronic pain relief.

Opinion: Health experts respond to ‘appalling’ synthetic drug death toll

Alarming provisional coroner figures indicate that between 40-45 people died from synthetic drugs in the previous 12 months. Three health experts – including an Emergency Medicine Specialist – shared their responses with the Science Media Centre.

Paul Little: Smoking isn’t just bad for your health

It's 11 years since I stopped smoking, defying the predictions of all who know me, including not only my immediate family, but also my GP: "I just had you down as a lifelong smoker" she said supportively when I broke the news.

Giles Newton-Howes: Is medicinal cannabis a wolf in sheep’s clothing?

As the debate over legalising medical cannabis burns on, the arguments for potential benefits need to be weighed against the arguments for potential risks, particularly to mental health and society's view of the drug generally.


Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – Sugar questions answered

With November being Diabetes Awareness Month, Dr Tracy Chandler (aka Dr Wellness) says it’s perfect timing to answer two commonly asked questions about sugar.


Sponsored: Empathy, culture and kindness – the quest for healthier communities

It’s going to take a groundswell of change to inject the empathy and values-based leadership that is so desperately needed in society. Jude Barback talks to Anah Aikman, the founder of Changing Lenses, about how we can achieve this change in our communities.