Depression and anxiety — illness not weakness. Or something else?

World Mental Health Day and New Zealand Mental Health Awareness Week both fall in October, so we’ve nominated this month as ‘mental health’ month on DPSN. We’ve asked our bloggers to let us know what they think on the issue of mental health, be it personal experiences, social and cultural attitudes and awareness, stories of supporting others, or the perspectives of those who work in the field. As always, we’re keen for you to be part of the conversation, so let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or jump over to our Facebook page to join the conversation.


Let’s have some new gender stories please

When I was a kid, there were girls and boys, men and women. My sister was a bit of a tomboy (hardly surprising perhaps, given she had two older brothers). Truth be known, I was a bit of bit of a sissy (not as acceptable as my sister’s gender-non-stereotypical behaviour) but, apart from ‘big boys don’t cry’, I was never particularly shamed on account of it.

Depression – a common problem with a unique resolution

It’s perhaps not a surprise to anyone that knows me, that when I hear the phase “unique and common” my mind goes straight to the area of mental health.

At age 21 I was diagnosed with depression. Or, in official diagnostic language, a Major Depressive Episode. Or, in layman’s terms, “clinical depression”.

The conversation for change – are you part of it?

In his 2010 Venus Project lecture, Jacque Fresco questioned society’s values, assumptions, beliefs, even language. Why do we get upset about swear words, when we don’t even mean what the words mean (bullshit has nothing to do with shit from bulls)? Laws are made when humans don’t know how to fix a problem. Politicians were relevant 100 years ago, but now what they do machines could do more efficiently.

Speeding bus, blurred motion. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, USA.

Welcome back! It’s Pride month on DPSN

Happy New Year, and welcome back to our blog!  DPSN aims to build and bring together a community of people to engage in conversation about diversity, creativity and social change. In doing so, we hope to both achieve changes in attitudes about diversity, acceptance and inclusion as well as foster a leadership approach to social…

On giving advice

As a Psychologist, I try really hard not to give my clients advice. Of course, I offer a lot of different tools and strategies for people to try out, or to help them think or feel differently about their situation.