There isnâ€™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.
â€śHow can someone so well-off, well-known and successful have depression?â€ť they ask.Â Alastair Campbell in a marvelous article, suggested changing the word â€śdepressionâ€ť to â€ścancerâ€ť or â€śdiabetesâ€ť in order to reveal how, in its own way, sick a question, it is. Ill-natured, ill-informed, ill-willed or just plain ill, itâ€™s 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. Thereâ€™s something a little flustering and embarrassing when a taxi-driver shakes you by the hand, looks deep into your eyes and says â€śYou look after yourself, mate, yes? Promise me?â€ť And thereâ€™s something perhaps not too helpful to oneâ€™s mental health when it is the only subject people want to talk to you about, however kindly or for whatever reasons. Â Read more »
Kia 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.
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)
Tonight I am filling in for Mike King and hostingÂ The Nutters ClubÂ 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, â€śto 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.â€ť
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.â€ť
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 wasÂ Dr. David Codyre as we talked to Scott Osbourne about the drinking and depression which lead him to the verge of suicide.