Our mission is to improve the mental health of New Zealanders by removing the stigma surrounding men talking about feelings, and providing therapeutic tools for the community.
The statistics state that men commit suicide in New Zealand almost 3x more often than woman do.
We're talking to Kiwi men from all over the country about their experiences with mental health to make this conversation relatable for all men.
Director | Founder | Clinical Psychologist
At the core of my being I feel a calling to help people and the planet to flourish into a beautiful ecosystem to be proud of. Overcoming challenging experiences growing up, like being bullied and developing social anxiety, steered me onto a path that would define my career and role as a healer within communities. As I explored psychology and mindfulness in the context of improving myself, I began to discover that teaching my personal tools was hugely beneficial.
I've worked at a Inpatient Rehabilitation centre, contracted with the Mental Health Foundation of NZ, worked in private practise at Healthfit Collective, and co-created strategy and content for Coliberate. I also co-founded Mindfulness for Change, a growing community of people working together on the intersection of mindfulness and social change. I have been teaching mindfulness and psychological tools in a variety of settings – Healthfit Collective, Enspiral Dev Academy, Victoria University, University of Otago, and several music and arts festivals.
I believe that the key to solving the many of the world's problems is to first look internally, so we can better serve our purpose in co-creating an awe inspiring future.
Film Producer | Videographer | Marketing
I joined Tough Talk at the beginning of 2018, making it a team of two. I am originally from Des Moines, Iowa but my heart also considers Colorado home as I lived there for a number of years before coming to New Zealand. My intention was to work on organic farms and in the outdoors as I have a deep passion for regenerating the natural environment. I never could have imagined that I would end up filming a documentary and having such a deep look into the inner landscape of Aotearoa.
Within 7 days of being here, I found myself filming a conversation between Doug Avery, a South Island farmer, and Sam. It was my first glimpse into the challenges that many New Zealand farmers face. During that interview, I felt a real passion blossoming for what I was doing. That passion has only grown and is still growing today.
On a day to day level, I manage the marketing & communications, plus do videography and producing. You'll probably notice my videography skills progress from Doug's interview & onward. I have a background in marketing, but none in videography, and I have cherished learning the art form for this cause. I feel a real privilege to come from a far away land and be welcomed with open arms.