Jess McAllen

Jess McAllen just left her full-time journalism job at Sunday Star-Times and Stuff.co.nz to become a freelance journalist. Subsequently, she is farming all personal experiences to make ends meet. Sorry.

Society
Feb 2, 2018

The problem with ‘we need to talk about suicide’

For too long mental health has had awareness campaigns sprinkled out while government action remained pretty much non-existent. Will the mental health and addictions inquiry be another plaster over a gaping wound?

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Society
Sep 15, 2017

What the first person to lead the Mental Health Commission says about fixing the system

Dr Barbara Disley tells Jess McAllen we need a call for action, not another review.

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Politics
Sep 14, 2017

Does any political party have a good mental health policy?

While mental health is an easy issue to campaign on, it's hard to get right, writes Jess McAllen.

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Society
Sep 13, 2017

Under pressure: Mental health workers give their view of the crisis

Mental health workers and suicide prevention strategists tell Jess McAllen that while the public system has its flaws, the unrelenting attention on a 'broken' system is dangerous too.

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Society
Sep 12, 2017

Five suicide myths busted

More needs to be done to help those at risk, so let's get the facts straight, says Jess McAllen.

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Society
Sep 11, 2017

How the discussion around suicide ignores crucial voices

Momentum around mental health is gathering. But where are the voices of the people who will be impacted first-hand by any policy change? Jess McAllen investigates.

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Society
May 13, 2017

The unauthorised history of Bulls, a town like no udder

Bulls was an unexceptional country town until a chance discovery of a secondhand book of bovine puns changed the course of history. Jess McAllen uncovers the remarka-bull story.

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Society
May 4, 2017

Wellington’s Evolve clinic does a brilliant job helping disadvantaged youth – and now it’s unable to cope with demand

This week it was reported that a Wellington youth clinic that offers free doctors' appointments, mental and sexual health services, and support for homeless teens has closed its books to new patients. The loss will be felt throughout the city, writes Jess McAllen.

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Society
Apr 24, 2017

After the equal pay decision, joy – and anxiety – from care workers who missed out

Amidst the celebration of last week's landmark care worker pay settlement came concerns about how future wage discrepancies will affect the mental healthcare sector. Jess McAllen reports.

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Society
Apr 23, 2017

You can’t shit here: the turf war plaguing Whanganui bees

The NIMBYs are out in force in Whanganui – though it's not houses for people the locals are objecting to, but homes for bees. Jess McAllen investigates the apian scandal threatening to engulf the city.

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Parents
Apr 7, 2017

Mothers take on the Family Court with new watchdog report

A report published today highlights what it says are systematic failures in the Family Court. Jess McAllen speaks to Deborah Mackenzie of The Backbone Collective, the organisation which commissioned the report.

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Society
Mar 24, 2017

A tour through the worst landlords and letting agents of the Tenancy Tribunal

Jess McAllen takes a tour through the Tenancy Tribunal’s decisions to find bleak scenes of landlords and letting agents running amok.

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Society
Mar 22, 2017

Hacks, devotees and cheese: the scene from the floor at the Hager book launch

Jess McAllen paints the picture from a Unity Books packed with media, activists and more, eager to discover the subject of the new book and the quality of the catering.

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Television
Mar 17, 2017

It’s not just what Jono said – it’s how he said it

Jess McAllen discusses the impact of the closing moments of Jono and Ben last night, where Jono Pryor shared an unexpectedly raw message about mental health in New Zealand.

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Society
Feb 8, 2017

Trauma layered upon trauma: the fight to turn the tide in Māori youth suicide

Māori youth suicide rates are among the highest in the world. Some of the most affected rangatahi and their families talk to Jessica McAllen, while those at the grassroots striving to tackle the problem explain what they're up to, and the obstacles they confront.

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Media
Dec 7, 2016

Following the First Son: A eulogy for the Max Key round

Journalist Jessica McAllen looks back at the two years since Max Key broke into the nation's consciousness and wonders: where to now for the fledgling DJ/popstar/internet celebrity?

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Society
Aug 12, 2016

Exclusive: leaked draft report calls 2016’s landmark mental health journalism ‘biased and inaccurate’

2016 has been a breakthrough year for mental health reporting around the country. Yet a draft report leaked to Jess McAllen – herself a mental health reporter – shows that Mental Health Services are anything but welcoming of the scrutiny.

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Gaming
Jul 11, 2016

Help! Pokémon invaded my house and now I’m under siege

What do you do when Pokémon GO turns your house into an open bar for pocket monster hunters?

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Media
Mar 9, 2016

Here are all the terrible things New Zealanders did on International Women’s Day

From an all-male radio station panel to an awful Paul Henry poll, Jessica McAllen digs through the shittiest New Zealand contributions to International Women’s Day.

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Media
Feb 17, 2016

If it’s public is it fair game? Why we as media need to change the way we report on social media

News site reports about social media backlash – social media backlash ensues. Ex-churnalist Jess McAllen says this cycle needs breaking.  UPDATE: comment from RNZ's Megan Whelan appended at close. Yesterday Stuff.co.nz published …

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Media
Dec 14, 2015

The Perils of Reporting on Mental Health

Jess McAllen writes about a recent story on mental health issues in the teaching profession – troubling, but not for the reasons its author thought.

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Society
Oct 17, 2015

Why #Stepforward Might Be a Step Backward For Mental Health

Jess McAllen says that the #stepforward campaign to end mental health discrimination, while well-intentioned, doesn’t seem likely to actually achieve anything.

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