suicide prevention

How Mike King became involved in suicide prevention

Mike King does what Chris Hipkins won’t

I love Mike King and I was thrilled to see yesterday that he is prepared to do what Chris Hipkins so far has refused to do. He has visited a charter school. Unlike Chris Hipkins both Mike and I have accepted invitations to visit South Auckland Middle school. I was very impressed by what I saw and experienced and it looks like Mike was impressed too. The school is very lucky to have an opportunity to experience “ Cool to Korero. ” with Mike.

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Mike King visits South Auckland Middle School

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Mike King sabotaged?

www.nzonair.govt.nz1200 ? 720Search The Nutters Club is a weekly nationwide radio show on Newstalk ZB hosted by entertainer Mike King. It is helping lead an important national conversation on ...

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After reading something on The Nutters Club Facebook page yesterday I felt compelled to share the story. I met Mike King, whom Cameron knows well, when he and Cameron were on a panel together on Maori TV. He is a genuine bloke who cares passionately about helping people with depression. Since I have experienced depression up close and personal myself, I have a lot of time for Mike and The Nutters Club.

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We need to talk about suicide

Suicide seems to be the last taboo. Journalists are still not allowed to report honestly about it. When someone kills themselves weasel words have to be used to avoid using the taboo word.

There are two schools of thought about suicide. One school of thought that seems to be prevalent in New Zealand society, is that to talk about suicide or report accurately on suicide can cause people to kill themselves. This school of thought sees open discussion of suicide as a risky move and one that can do more harm than good. I suspect that this may be what motivated a principal to prevent a student from presenting a speech about suicide here in New Zealand.

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Face of the day

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Today’s face of the day is?Wentworth Miller,?a talented actor whom I watched recently in the series Prison Break on Netflix.

Today I found myself the subject of an Internet meme. Not for the first time.

This one, however, stands out from the rest.

In 2010, semi-retired from acting, I was keeping a low-profile for a number of reasons.

First and foremost, I was suicidal.

This is a subject I’ve since written about, spoken about, shared about.

But at the time I suffered in silence. As so many do. The extent of my struggle known to very, very few.

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Face of the day

Murray Wilson/ Fairfax NZ Mike King talks about suicide prevention and mental health at the MUSA Lounge at Massey University

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Mike King talks about suicide prevention and mental health at the MUSA Lounge at Massey University

Today’s face of the day is Mike King. I was privileged to meet Mike earlier this year when I was waiting in the makeup room while Cam was getting ready to go on a show on Maori Television. He is a really lovely guy and is doing a really important job talking about suicide prevention and mental health. Guys like Mike have made it easier for men to ask for help and to talk about what they are going through. He is a role model and living proof that real men, real blokes, can suffer from depression just like the rest of us and can also get help and get better. Having lived with a husband with depression for ten years I know first hand how much it hurts both the depressed person and everyone around them. I suffered from depression myself for a few years so I know what it is like on the other side as well. Read more »

Face of the day

Jamie Harrington -Facebook Humans of Dublin

Today’s face of the day Jamie Harrington shared his story on the?Humans of Dublin Facebook page earlier this week. It is a story that illustrates the power of three simple words, ” Are you okay? “

“I was just on my way to the American sweet shop to buy some Gatorade, when I saw this guy in his 30s sitting on the ledge of the bridge. I just thought, “wow…” I stopped and asked him if he was okay, but I knew from the look in his eyes he wasn’t, and he didn’t say anything either, but I saw tears coming from his eyes. I pleaded with him for a while to come down and sit on the steps, and eventually he did.

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Give your mind the same attention as you give your penis


Quite a bit of effort went into this web site.

Meet Dr Rich Mahogany, the inventor of Gentlemental Health.

Behind this unique presentation is actually some serious stuff. ?It uses humour very effectively to act as a Trojan Horse and encourage men to have a bit of a read about things they normally just don’t think about: ?depression and suicide. ? Read more »