Many industries have been placed under pressure, with the Pork industry being a focus. Over the past few weeks, questions have been raised by animal rights groups about the welfare of pigs as the industry deals with a surplus and an inability to process and sell fast enough. To understand the situation, James talks to New Zealand-based PETA spokesperson, Laura Weyman-Jones, David Baines, chief executive of NZ Pork, SAFE NZ’s Campaigns Manager, Marianne Macdonald as well as their CEO, Debra Ashton.
The mental health of New Zealanders has been put under strain during Rāhui and the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic. A recent survey conducted by YouthLine has shown that the mental health New Zealand youth has been highly affected in the past months. Zoë Larsen Cumming interviewed Youthline CEO Shae Ronald to discuss the results, and the other implications on New Zealand Youth during the covid 19 crisis.
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What are the psychological States of COVID-19? How do we respond to fear and anxiety amidst threat and uncertainty? In this podcast, psychiatrists Lillian Ng and Rob Shieff discuss fear, anxiety and our responses to them.
Mental Health First Aid is a system designed to support people struggling with their mental health. Amongst Covid 19, many people have been experiencing distress and experts have pointed to PTSD as a mental illness we could see spike in correlation with this pandemic. CoLiberate is an organisation that helps workplaces design plans to look after employees' mental health and is looking to do more work in community outreach as many people may find themselves unemployed in the coming year. Cofounder, Sarah Tuck joined me to explain what exactly mental health first aid looks like.
The government released the final draft bill on cannabis that the public will be voting on in the upcoming referendum. Laura Kvigstad fills you in on the updates and what kind of changes are in this bill.
In another segment of Poll Position, we ask the bFM listeners: Has your mental health been impacted by Covid 19? We get a range of perspectives from anxiety over what the future holds to some who have found lockdown to be a reprieve from the noise of daily life...
As always, a reminder that if you've experienced a negative fluctuation in your mental health at this time, that's entirely normal and valid. What's important for all of us at this time is to find the support we need whether that is reaching out to lifeline or your network of loved ones, please take steps to look after yourselves.
Andrew Little tells us about what Level 3 looks like for him, as well as announcements by the government this week about commercial property tenants, and border closures. Mary-Margaret speaks to Zoe Kounadis for Neighbourhood Watch, and they discuss rhetoric by the Australian government that China should be reprimanded for COVID-19, as well as stockpiling of essential medicines by Clive Parker. We hear today's Epidemic Response Committee notes, in which we heard from the Women’s Refuge and the City Mission as well as Police Commissioner Andrew Foster. Mary-Margaret brings a quick summary of the most recent cretaceous period discovery. Finally, we hear the final part of the discussion between Oscar Perress and Samuel Miller McDonald on national emergencies and changing systems.
Oscar Perress was able to talk to Samuel Miller McDonald, a journalist, writer and student currently based in the UK for his studies at Oxford. Though talking for over an hour, their discussion around Covid-19 can be understood as a discussion on a need for systems change.
When Covid-19 arrived on the shores of the UK, Miller McDonald wrote an op-ed for The Guardian detailing common patterns that emerge from national emergencies and how these could possibly occur again with Covid-19. Oscar started by asking Miller McDonald to explain those patterns and whether they were likely to emerge, if they hadn't already, with Covid-19?