It was never meant to be me. My life was mapped out. Go straight from high school to university, graduate with top marks, have a high-powered career. I was the smart one, the successful one. Not the crazy one.
The support you provide someone who is suffering from depression is invaluable. No one person, however, can provide a ‘cure’; it is important to realise that the most positive way to contribute to someone else’s wellbeing is to look after your own
In the process of preventing my illness from defining me, am I supposed to excise its importance in my life entirely? I think often about how my mental illness has developed me as a person.
One in four people in New Zealand are likely to experience a mental illness. One in every five families have a parent with a mental illness or addiction. And university students have lower levels of wellbeing compared to the rest of the population (Tertiary Health Survey, 2013), so it is quite likely you know or care for someone who is experiencing mental illness.
When my boyfriend and I had been dating for about two months, I did what I’d been dreading. I anxiety-ed in front of him. He told me his grades and I absolutely panicked.
This weird alphabet thing is me trying to reiterate that it’s something to be open to, should you find yourself in more than just a low point.
Working from her office above the Supreme Court sits Dame Sian Elias, the Chief Justice of New Zealand. Salient sat down with her to talk about New Zealand’s justice system and what needs to be done to improve it.
If you’re going to put someone in prison for the rest of their life, you want to be sure they’re responsible for the crime of which they’re accused. But how can you ever be sure? And what happens if you get it wrong?
We have the eighth-highest imprisonment rate in the OECD, with 8618 people currently servin’ the time for doin’ the crime. Last Saturday, none of these 8000-odd citizens of New Zealand were allowed to vote.