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Why we must talk to our kids sensibly about sex

There’s little as likely to start a good row among adults or a good cringe among children than talking about sex education.

But with the United Nations and World Health Organisation agreeing that young people have the right to learn about sexuality to help provide them the tools to prevent coercion, unintended pregnancy and sexually […]

How learning social skills and tackling social anxiety can help you become a physically healthier person

We’re well-acquainted with the idea of “blues” referring to depression and poor mental health – but the world’s “blue zones” are characterized by longevity and healthy, beneficial lifestyles.

The term was coined by author Dan Buettner after research revealed five hotspots around the globe where people tended to live demonstrably longer lives: Okinawa in Japan, […]

Why you’re better off learning about procrastination sooner rather than later

Getting started on projects can be hard for some people – equally, many of us like to put off deadlines until the last moment.

But for the real procrastinators amongst us, that habitual delay is both a symptom and a cause of serious life-affecting anxiety.

It’s a relatively simple cycle:

You’re anxious about a task so you […]

Are girls really more anxious than boys?

It is both a matter of research and clinical reality that girls are more likely to develop most anxiety disorders than boys.

In his recent New York Times blog, author and psychologist Leonard Sax painted an “increasingly common” picture of “the laid-back, underachieving boy” as opposed to the “hyperachieving, anxious girl” and came up with […]

The mindfulness debate: Do our children really benefit?

In a recent article in the Irish Examiner, a debate on the topic of mindfulness training for children reinforced the overwhelming argument for its positive effects.

The negative argument relied on parents teaching their children to stand up for themselves and prepare for a tough life as “tomorrow’s teenagers”.

“They’ll need tools to cope and I’m […]

How depression affects men and women differently

In New Zealand over recent years there has been a high-profile push to raise awareness of depression in men – by finding sportsmen and comedians and “good Kiwi blokes” to get the conversation started and help remove the stigma of male mental health issues.

That’s not to say that there’s more men than women suffering […]

Why Stephen Fry’s personal documentary on depression misses half the argument about successful treatment

When it comes to provoking an open and honest conversation about mental health – and more specifically, depression – few people are more successful worldwide than UK author, TV personality and actor Stephen Fry.

As president of mental health charity, Mind, and as the author of numerous documentaries and autobiographies detailing his own battles with […]

Research reveals doctors should recommend therapy as first-line treatment for depression

The influential American College of Physicians (ACP) has recommended that doctors should choose cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to treat adults with major depressive disorder.

Their guideline follows an exhaustive review of 25 years-worth of trials conducted between 1990 and 2015 into the treatment of a disorder which cost an estimated $US83.1 billion worldwide in 2000 […]

How learning the basics about mental health can help battle its stigma

Robert Street Clinic director Kyle MacDonald has launched a new weekly health column in the New Zealand Herald in a bid to further fight against the stigma associated with mental health and wellbeing in New Zealand.

Already no stranger to Kiwi mainstream media – MacDonald is a regular commentator on mental health issues and funding, […]

Breakthrough in treatment for persistent and chronic depression

Depression treatment doesn’t always work – whether you’re using medication, counselling or therapy. In fact, up to two-thirds of people who suffer from depression won’t be helped by their initial antidepressant and between 12{7e66f01e68c52d858b59d425bd8f3886b02d30322136bee7d8e459b39be00af4} and 20{7e66f01e68c52d858b59d425bd8f3886b02d30322136bee7d8e459b39be00af4} of them won’t respond to a number of alternative methods of treatment.

This persistent, chronic or treatment-resistant depression can […]