Mike King

Stephen Fry – Only the Lonely

Stephen Fry has written on his blog about his attempt to commit suicide last year.

There isn’t any point in denying that the outburst of sympathy and support that followed my confession to an attempt at self-slaughter last year (Richard Herring podcast) has touched me very deeply.

Some people, as some people always will, cannot understand that depression (or in my case cyclothymia, a form of bipolar disorder) is an illness and they are themselves perhaps the sufferers of a malady that one might call either an obsession with money, or a woeful lack of imagination.

‚ÄúHow can someone so well-off, well-known and successful have depression?‚ÄĚ they ask.¬†Alastair Campbell in a marvelous article, suggested changing the word ‚Äúdepression‚ÄĚ to ‚Äúcancer‚ÄĚ or ‚Äúdiabetes‚ÄĚ in order to reveal how, in its own way, sick a question, it is. Ill-natured, ill-informed, ill-willed or just plain ill, it‚Äôs hard to say.

Depression is something that no one can really understand until they have experienced it. People think that depression is a feeling of deep sadness…for me it is not anything like that at all.

But, most people, a surging, warm, caring majority, have been kind. Almost too kind. There‚Äôs something a little flustering and embarrassing when a taxi-driver shakes you by the hand, looks deep into your eyes and says ‚ÄúYou look after yourself, mate, yes? Promise me?‚ÄĚ And there‚Äôs something perhaps not too helpful to one‚Äôs mental health when it is the only subject people want to talk to you about, however kindly or for whatever reasons. ¬† Read more »

Please help me, help a mate: @themikeking

photoKia ora whanau, any chance you could help out my charitable trust by voting and sharing the link?

Key to Life was started by The Nutters Club to address the stigma around mental health and our appalling suicide statistics especially among our kids. Last week Jo and I spent 3 days in Kaitaia encouraging kids (1200+) help fight suicide by talking and supporting each other rather than taking their own lives. There have been over 30 suicides up their in the last year including the countries youngest a 10 year old boy.

We don’t get any funding, instead me and a very small team of dedicated mates run golf tournaments, sausage sizzles, comedy gigs to keep it all going. When thats not enough I sell shit I know longer need, 3 weeks ago I sold my old school Valiant and I’m about to sell my Harley so I can go on doing this work. Why? Because there are some seriously great kids out there, who through no fault of their own, have been beaten down by fucked up circumstances who need someone out there fighting for them.

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Under pressure, David Fisher attacks my mental health via Twitter

David Fisher is supposed to be “a decent journalist, trained and skilled” and yet he fails to find any empathy or understanding about mental health issues.

Instead he uses my public honesty and discussions about depression and the battles I have had and continue to have as a weapon against me.


@ If only you’d take your pills. How’s the *cure* working? Avoiding treatment is *not* the answer. #gethelp http://t.co/pfGwp4cJ
@DFisherJourno
David Fisher

He is meant to be a journalist, at a newspaper of record, and yet he sees fit to attack my mental health as some sort of public way to get at me.

Well I am tougher than that. I pity David Fisher that his life and his newspaper are so shallow that he feels the need to use my health as a point of attack.

It belittles him and belittles his paper.

I would now be very wary as indeed should everyone else who he approaches to do stories that he lacks the necessary empathy to even speak with sufferers of depression and other mental illnesses.

I wrote about those topics so that I amy help others, now David Fisher uses that against me as a weapon. What a shameful, sad and dishonest little man.¬† Read more »

Marriage Equality Matters

The Campaign for Marriage Equality has released this video in support of Marriage Equality.

‘Marriage Equality Matters’ features celebrities, media personalities, respected community leaders, sports people and everyday New Zealanders who all support marriage equality, and the campaign to extending equal marriage to all. Featuring:

Tamati Coffey (TV Presenter) and his partner Tim Smith
Anika Moa, Hollie Smith, Boh Runga (Musicians)
Rachel Hunter (NZ’s Got Talent Judge/Supermodel)
Brooke Howard Smith (TV Presenter) his partner Amber Peebles (Radio DJ)
Nigel Latta (Psychologist)
Danyon Loader (Olympian)
Jason Kerrison (Musician)
Jason Fa’afoi (TV Presenter) and his partner Anna and their son Charlie
Pearl McGlashan (Actress)
Ali Campbell (Musician)
Alison Mau (TV Presenter)
Orene Ai’I (Rugby Player)
Dame Cath Tizard (Former Governor General)
Mike King (Talkback host/Comedian)
Oliver Driver (Actor/Presenter)
Richie Hardcore (DJ)
Turumakina Duley (Tattoo Artist)
Amy Usherwood (Actress)
Nick Dwyer (Radio DJ)

Hosting Nutters Club tonight

Tonight I am filling in for Mike King and hosting¬†The Nutters Club¬†from 8pm to Midnight. Feel free to call in and discuss any mental health issues…plenty of my readers and commenters have made their issues known, how about we have a chat on air about it? It is called talkback for a reason.

Founded on 8 August 2009 by Nutters, ‚Äúto forever change the way people, feel, think, talk and behave in relation to our mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, cultural and sexual well being; and in doing so encourage us all to take ownership of our own health and well being.‚ÄĚ

You can listen to the live stream or tune in.

Hosting Nutters Club tonight

Tonight I am filling in for Mike King and hosting The Nutters Club from 8pm to Midnight.

Founded on 8 August 2009 by Nutters, “to forever change the way people, feel, think, talk and behave in relation to our mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, cultural and sexual well being; and in doing so encourage us all to take ownership of our own health and well being.‚ÄĚ

You can listen to the live stream or tune in.

Nutters Club audio

Last Sunday I was asked by Mike King to stand in as host for The Nutters Club. It was the first time I have hosted 4 hours of talkback and to top it off it was dealing with the serious issues of mental health.

With me was Dr. David Codyre as we talked to Scott Osbourne about the drinking and depression which lead him to the verge of suicide.

The audio highlights have been posted today.

The full podcasts are also available:

Name Description
1

Talkback with Cameron Slater: 11pm – midnight 05/08/2012 – Guest host Cameron Slater takes calls on mental health from 11pm through to midnight. View In iTunes
2

Talkback with Cameron Slater: 10 – 11pm 05/08/2012 – Guest host Cameron Slater and special guest Scott Osbourne take calls on mental health. View In iTunes
3

Scott Osbourne: Hour Two 05/08/2012 – Guest host Cameron Slater and Nutcracker Dr. David Codyre talk to Scott Osbourne about depression and self-medicating. View In iTunes
4

Scott Osbourne: Hour One 05/08/2012 – Guest host Cameron Slater and Nutcracker Dr. David Codyre talk to Scott Osbourne about depression and self-medicating. View In iTunes

Hosting The Nutters Club tonight

 

Mike King is away and I have been asked to host The Nutters Club on Radio Live for him.

This will be my first time in the big chair and for four hours straight. With me will be Dr David Codyre plus a guest for the start of the show.

The show is 8pm till midnight.

You can listen to the livestream or on the following channels:

Podcasts live now

The other night I was on Mike Kings Nutters Club discussing my battle with depression and calls on talkback.

Originally I was meant to do just two hours, but we were having a blast so Mike asked me to stay for the full 4 hours.

The podcasts are now available in the iTunes store (free)

Thanks To Boris, Mike and the team for the opportunity.

Radio Live at 8pm

I have been invited on Mike King’s Radio show tonight on Radio Live from 8pm¬†till 10pm.

Podcasts of previous shows are on iTunes.

You can Listen to the livestream or tune in the more conventional way.