Kyle MacDonald

Kyle MacDonald is a psychotherapist, NZ Herald columnist and Nutters Club co-host. His website is

May 30, 2019

Why did the government reject suicide reduction targets? They don't work

The government's response to the mental health inquiry accepted 38 of its 40 recommendations – but opted against the introduction of a suicide reduction target.

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May 16, 2018

Chemo works, so we fund it properly. Why not do the same for counselling?

The case for universal, free counselling for all New Zealanders.

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May 30, 2017

The mental health budget: You know we can't grab your ghost money, Jonathan

The government's budget announcement trumpeted a new $224 million spend on mental health - but is the plan really as impressive as it sounds? Kyle MacDonald digs into the numbers.

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Dec 12, 2016

You’ve got a friend: How new tools are helping Facebook users help friends in pain

What do you do when someone you're close to on Facebook – or someone you hardly know at all – is talking about suicide or exhibiting signs of acute emotional distress? Kyle MacDonald talks to the head of Facebook's 'Compassion Team' to find out how you can help.

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