The Governments Axing Of Lifeline

I was chatting to a friend via Facebook this morning. My friend is one that dedicates some of his time (voluntary) to Helpline.

Helpline provides free 24 hour health assistance for people
with issues such as depression, bullying and suicidal thoughts. I am keen to perhaps get involved in the future.

So, this morning he told me that the Government is withdrawing funding, so Helpline only has enough money to run for another 6-12 months. This was a real surprise because New Zealand has some of the highest suicide rates in the world.

So Helpline is doing everything possible to stay afloat. The New Zealand Government has very much increased the amount of money put into roading. Our road toll is far to high.

Here is some statistics for you. If you look at current figures, the Government is putting over $600,000 per person saved from road death or serious injury – about 900 people over 10 years. In that time, based on current figures , over 5000 may die from suicide . I know it’s not really a positive conversation, but these are obviously the facts. So you would think that they would be prepared to invest more money for them wouldn’t you ?

Government says it has increased mental health spending by 300 million over the last 7-8 years, which is an impressive figure. They say that helpline will be replaced with other resources, but will these resources be able to fill this role ?

Only time will tell I guess… I’ll watch this space.

Click here to watch the piece on “Seven Sharp” – NZ Current Affairs Show

The Paralympic Games… Just As Enjoyable

 

Have you been watching any of the Paralympics ? I have been watching a bit. New Zealand is doing very well, currently sixth overall for medals and first per capita .

Recently there was a discussion about whether the Paralympics get as much coverage , attention than the Olympics. NO, it certainly doesn’t, which is disappointing . It was suggested that it may be a good idea to have the Paralympics first. By the time the Olympics is over, many would be sick of sport. I guess that’s a possibility.

Many say that Brazil is pretty much broke with regards to the Olympics, which is understandable.

New Zealand swimmer Sophie Pascoe just won her 15th medal. This is her 3rd Paralympics.  15 medals, that’s pretty impressive. Many of the swimmers do very well, considering I have seen ones without hands, without arms.

Another Kiwi ( New Zealander ) that is doing well is Blade Runner Liam Malone. He has won gold medals in the 200 & 400 m and a silver in the 100m. In the process of this he has broken world records set by Oscar Pistorius. I would think Oscar Pistorius sports days are over….

Watching these people should be pretty inspiring for many. To see them do what they do, with the issues they have is amazing. I do believe that we should encourage our kids to win. But, if they don’t win it isn’t an issue. Competing is great on it’s own. Some of these people at the Paralympics would know that it’s most likely they don’t have a chance when it comes to winning, but they are still giving it a go. It would be very exciting to be representing your country.

So, lets hope the medals keep coming for New Zealand. I think they have about 17-18 as I write this . I think our record for these games is 24, which was in 1984.

So, lets hope the medals keep coming !!

 

 

All Blacks Visit Kids With Epilepsy

The All Blacks  ( New Zealand Rugby Team)  recently visited kids in hospital with Epilepsy. This was great to see on our 6pm news, especially when it was on Daffodil Day here in New Zealand. Daffodil Day symbolises hope for 1 in 3 New Zealanders affected by Cancer. Of course my heart goes out to anyone affected by Cancer, but it does receive alot of attention compared to Epilepsy.

Sometimes here in NZ it seems like the world revolves around the All Blacks…..or at least the media see it that way. So to have them visiting Kids with Epilepsy was very pleasing.

( click the pic below to see a short video )

all blacks epilepsy

Positive Attitudes About Aging

It’s kinda funny that everyone wants to live a long life but the idea of getting old doesn’t really appeal to anyone. It’s a bit contradictory don’t you think ?

Maybe we could say that life is like wine, it becomes better with age. But there are good things about all stages of life. I now think about my teenage years and think how sweet it really was. Back then it was stressful with things like school work and popularity. Some of these things I now realize are so silly.

I guess we can’t do much about aging. I do find it hard to believe that 40 isn’t that far away for myself ( I’m 35 ). It’s a bit scary, because it seems like I just left school. The last 15 years have really flown by. I used to think how I was only a third of the way through my years, but I guess I’m a bit further down the track now.

It’s up to each of us with some aspects of aging. There are some out there that look much older than they are. How do you feel about aging ? I read in a magazine that people that have a bad attitude towards aging have a slower walking speed and worse cognitive abilities than ones positive about aging. DO YOU BELIEVE THAT ?

walking

I do look forward to the years to come though. I love my children but I do think about them getting older. I’m not saying I wish they were turning 18 tomorrow. As they get older they come more independent. As I have said in recent posts, our youngest will be at school next year. I’m exciting for her and myself.

It’s often said that people don’t reach their best until their later years. That’s true in some instances. Think of the histories most successful people. I look forward to that myself. We also have the ones in their early twenties, maybe even late teens that have reached unbelievable success.

In today’s society, T.V , magazines and social media have altered the way we look at getting older. Well, social media is where it’s at because of young ones. Technology is what the world is all about. I recently watched on 60 minutes how dangerous technology is. That’s true. It’s exciting but also frightening. If we aren’t careful, many will end up unemployed. During the discussion of this on 60 minutes, they talked of a McDonald’s restaurant been run by robots. FREAKY !!

So, try to keep a positive attitude and look forward to what is yet to come !!

Todays Turn

Hey Hows it going ? I hope life is treating you well !!

Me ?  Well , things are as usual. My days pretty much consist of taking kids to school and Kindy and doing the chores around our home. I spend a bit of time in front of the computer as well. I have a few projects in progress.  Have you been enjoying the Olympics ? I wasn’t really that excited before  it all started but I have been enjoying it.

Today I had my 2nd turn this month which I suppose isn’t too bad.  My daughter and I were on the way to school to bring my son home. We are very lucky that it isn’t even 5 minutes walk away. I don’t think we realised how good it would be when we moved here a few years ago. I can’t wait until next year with both kids at school.

Anyway, back to my turn. We had pretty much got to school and my daughter saw a girl from her Kindy. They smiled at each other, kinda said hello. Both myself and the daughters mother noticed. Anyway, just as this happened, I felt a wee bit funny. As with 90 % ( maybe even more ) of my turns these days, I know it is happening. I think we wandered about school briefly. I must have been a bit out of it, a bit lost. But my son said I was at his classroom as usual, like I am everyday. I can’t remember that. I can’t remember the walk home either.

As I said, I know when most of my turns are going to happen. I think when I say to my wife that I feel like I’m going to have a turn, doing that scares it away. Sound a bit odd  ?

So, the rest of the afternoon wasn’t much fun.  I never really enjoy the afternoons  that much .  I got dinner ready and sorted out the days washing.   I always look forward to my wife getting home . The main thing that used to bore me was the thought of entertaining the kids in the afternoons. Maybe I worried about it to much. They pretty much entertain themselves these days.  They don’t sit and watch T.V in the afternoons. They do this in the morning though. It fills in the hour or so before it’s time to leave.

 

So, that’s today and things at the moment.

bryce rae

 

Get Rid Of The Cotton Wool

So, with the likes of Epilepsy, are there things we can and cannot do ? Well that’s really up to the individual. When we look at childhood, it should be best time of our lives.

” Go out and break a leg”

When I was a boy, we ran around outside, we jumped on the trampoline, all that stuff.   We didn’t play on IPads, IPods….whatever. We got our kids a trampoline for Christmas !! I always tell my son that I got over playing computer games when I was 10. Maybe it isn’t completely true, but there is nothing wrong with stretching the truth just a little bit.  I’m proud to say I have never played on a Playstation or Xbox.

playground

Kids are far to much in Cotton Wool these days. Recently in the paper there was a story about a playground been shut down a few days after it’s opening. Why ? Well, they decided it may have not been completely safe.  Did they really need to shut it down ? There is nothing wrong with a bruise or a scratch.  They do us good. They toughen us up. It’s frustrating how kids ( MINE !! ) think they need a plaster whenever they see blood. My kids seem to find a plaster exciting. If one has one, the other one wants one too.

People are way to protective. Children need to learn to do things themselves. Children need to become independent. There is no need to walk your child to their classroom. MAKE THEM CARRY THEIR OWN BAG !!  20-30 years ago, many kids walked to school, but everyone seems to drive them these days. Yes, the world is always changing….. we have a role to play in that.

You aren’t going to be around your children forever. Take a balanced view. There is benefits to potential risk just like there is benefits to activities. Think of swimming. Everyone should have a swim, as long as not alone. What else…. Cycling, Horse Riding. Things like that. As long as a helmet is being worn. Helmets really frustrate me here in NZ.  Many don’t bother wearing one . It should be compulsory and not doing it should bring a fine…. maybe $50.

Getting out there is part of growing up. It’s about getting out there with others. We have a life where we are constantly interacting with others, whether it be talking with friends and family, talking to your neighbor, or even talking as your going through the check-out at the Supermarket.

So, if you are using Cotton Wool , whether it be with yourself or the ones you love, my advice would be to lose it.

 

bryce rae