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Comedian Mike King Receives Roaring Haka from New Plymouth Students

Students at New Plymouth Boys' High School gave Mike King a stunning send off after the Kiwi comedian delivered a moving korero about mental health on Wednesday.

Since posting footage of the incredible haka to his Facebook page, King's video has had more than 45,000 views.

Hundreds of social media users have also left messages on King's post in awe of his crusade and the NPBHS performance.

Mike King in Taranaki to Talk About Serious Issues.

Students at a Taranaki high school were so moved by Mike King's talk about mental health they broke into a haka to say thanks.

King, a former comedian turned mental health advocate, spoke at New Plymouth Boys' High School (NPBHS) on Wednesday.

The speech was part of a tour organised by New Plymouth West Rotary aimed at addressing youth suicide, mental health issues and teaching kids to 'break down the masks' and help each other out.


Son's suicide drives mother to work in mental health


Patrice Harrex speaks up about the problems of mental health from her experiences.

A grieving mother who lost her son to suicide six years ago has become a mental health worker in the hope of saving other lives.

Patrice Harrex's son Brad Anderson died two days after he left Dunedin Hospital's emergency psychiatric services after telling them he wanted to kill himself.

But Harrex was horrified to find the lack of resources for vulnerable patients that contributed to her son's death was still affecting treatment.

Kyle MacDonald: Why are New Zealand's suicide rates so high among transgender youth?

One of the amazing things about humans is we have this ability to think about how we see ourselves. We call it our identity.

So many different things go in to making up our identity: What colour we like, what foods we prefer, whether we like pineapple on pizza, what activities, sports, careers we are good at and drawn to, who we are sexually attracted to and, perhaps most fundamental of all, what gender we consider ourselves to be.


Kyle MacDonald: Can we trust New Zealand's mental health system?

We all know there are problems with the way we care for people struggling with their mental health in New Zealand, but few people are as well qualified to comment as Dr Brad Strong.

Brad is a psychiatrist and the Clinical Director for Mental Health and Addictions Services for the Southern DHB, covering Dunedin, Invercargill and surrounds. He is also a Harvard educated psychiatrist, and he was our guest on the NewstalkZB show, The Nutters Club on Sunday night.

We asked for his views on what we need to change in our mental health system, and why he thinks we need an independent review.

Kyle MacDonald: How to Respond to Criticism

What other people think about us matters a lot. Humans are basically herd animals. We all have our blind spots and the only way we can truly learn about what we can't see is to hear and understand how others see us.

Because we rely on other people to fully understand ourselves and our ideas about ourselves, our "self-image" may, or may not, be accurate. It's sort of like skinny mirrors in dressing rooms, when we rely on a mirror, it's a problem if the mirror is flawed.



Learn to Love Yourself

Learn to love yourself with these simple steps to self-affirmation.
When beauty ideals are unattainable and accepted definitions of success all but impossible to achieve, it’s becoming harder than ever to like ourselves just the way we are. But striving for a positive body image and healthy self-esteem is important for more than just a happier life – it could also ward off more serious mental health issues ahead.

Self-love is word that gets thrown around a lot these days. We know it’s necessary to ensure we are happy and healthy, but what exactly is it and how do we achieve it?




Kyle MacDonald: How to Tell if You're 'Too Sensitive'

Have you ever been told "you're too sensitive"? Kyle MacDonald explains what the real issue is when someone is accused of being overly emotional.

When people ask me if they're too sensitive, I often ask them: "According to whom?" because, as the saying goes, it takes two to tango. It can be a get out of jail free card for bullies.

The recent political ructions in the US have highlighted that an entire generation, namely "millennials", have been labelled "snowflakes" due to being too sensitive, and too easily offended. Apparently, if you're young and offended by hatred levelled at minorities, it's your fault.


Sharing Suicide Videos Is Dangerous. Facebook Has Failed Us By Allowing It.

If you think you’re helping by sharing videos that show suicide or self harm, you’re not. Research shows that when suicides are reported in detail, including how the person did it, there is a sharp rise in “copycat” suicides.

Recently The Nutters Club hosts Mike King and Kyle MacDonald raised the issue of a video of a 12 year old girl committing suicide with Facebook. Says Kyle “ I came across the video via Facebook. Someone alerted me to it less than a week after her death. I did what any reasonable person would do: I followed Facebook’s own advice and reported it for showing graphic details of self-harm or suicide. Less than two hours later I received a reply. It wasn’t what I expected”

Facebook said "We’ve reviewed the share you reported for showing someone injuring themselves and found that it doesn’t violate our Community Standards”.

Below are links to an edition of The Nutters Club radio show where Mike and Kyle discuss the issue.

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Do You Have Trump Anxiety?

The Nutter's Club resident psychotherapist Kyle MacDonald gives advice on Trump anxiety in his column this week.

A reader writes..... Is "Trump anxiety" a thing? I've read about it, and am worried I might have it." - Concerned

I'm pretty sure there is such a thing because I'm suffering from it as well. I'm also not sure it's anxiety. I think the fear is utterly rational.

I lived in the States for two years, even held a green card, and I still have soft spot for the place - although I suspect the combination of my beard and my views on human rights mean I may struggle to go there now.