I so admire the work that PEPTALK media is doing to grow ‘Wellbeing Literacy’ nationally. Nadine and her team are committed to helping people understand wellbeing and resilience better so they can help themselves and those they care about. The mags are jam-packed with tools, all of which are evidence-based but practical enough to use in every day life.”
Dr Lucy Hone - Director New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience
We love every page of this magazine - thank you Nadine and team - it’s awesome - it is saving lives with its knowledge. It is filled with fantastic wisdom and has been a really good resource to give youth during lockdown and they are enjoying their own learning about themselves through discussions in this magazine - thank you Nadine Hickman for being brave and putting your strengths into solutions for NZers education around their wellbeing.
Jo Lane - Manager Marlborough Youth Trust
A quick note to say how much I continue to be thrilled by your wonderful magazine - it is such a treasure trove of wisdom, inspiration, useful and evidence-based information, all in an impressively professional and beautifully presented resource. I've encouraged every counsellor I know to subscribe for their school, staffroom, workplace - and their own wellbeing and self-care! Keep up the amazing work you're doing, it truly does make a difference and I hope you feel super proud of the seeds of hope and clarity you are planting with every issue.
Julia Field - Head of Guidance Christchurch Girls' High School
I am writing to tell you that I think you have done an incredible job of your first Peptalk magazine! I have read every single page, loved it all and can not wait until the next issue comes out. I have learnt so many little things that are helping me get through day to day and built on tips and tricks that I already had. I recommend Peptalk to all of my friends and try get them involved so they can take something from it too. At the end of last year my younger brother took his own life. Until then I had lived an extremely sheltered life in relation to mental illness and depression. I knew it was out there but had never been directly affected. Right after Andy’s death as a family we recognised that while organisations that are encouraging people to speak up and ask for help have their hearts in the right place, this just isn’t working. When someone gets to the point of wanting to take their life they’re not thinking right. We need to stop them getting to this point. I was so happy when I read that this was your objective. To nurture and teach children so that they don’t end up in these situations and if they start heading in that direction how to get help early on. Thank you so much for what you are doing, it gives me hope.
PEPTALK Magazine is dedicated to mental wellness and it is BRILLIANT. My Mum told me about it, and I have since purchased a year long subscription for our family. There are two sections.. one is for ADULTS ( I particularly loved the secrets to resilience from Dr Lucy Hone) & one is for YOUTH, I think my nearly 8 year old will find it really valuable. There are practical exercises, doodle therapy, recipes, healthy habits, tips on how to be happy and how to actively make yourself feel good when you aren’t feeling yourself.
Toni Street - Broadcaster
This magazine offers excellent, well researched articles on mental health and wellbeing. Great layout and easy to read."
Michael Hempseed - Suicide prevention expert, author, speaker, Tedx speaker
Thank you so much Nadine for the Peptalk magazines that you sent to us for the young people we support. We have delivered them all to our whanau and both young people and their parents have talked about how practical and easy to read it is. One young person told us that they enjoyed the art that they could do from the magazine and also enjoyed having something different to read. Another young person contacted us straight away to tell us how much they loved the magazine and that it was such an interesting read. What you’ve created really is a wonderful resource for both young people and their families.
Jess van Arendonk - Youth Project Lead, Whanake Youth, Nelson.
I'm very excited to subscribe to your mag. My class like the Australian Teen Breathe magazine, but we've always wished we had our own Kiwi mag, and so we were delighted to discover Pep Talk in our school library...! I decided to subscribe so we can have our own classroom copy. Warmest regards to you, and thanks for doing what you do!
Rachel Cox - Teacher St Peters School
I came across PEPTALK magazine via Instagram, then I ordered it for myself and became hooked. Then I ordered four more, for my sister and friends. I love the entire ethos, the variety of articles and that ads don’t clog up the pages.
Rebekah Wilson - Journalist
What a wonderful magazine you have produced! I’ve read it front to back and thoroughly enjoyed it - it had such awesome, practical and inspiring material. Great job.
Rachel Anderson - Graham Dingle STARS programme co ordinator, Marlborough Girls’ College.
I am just emailing to say how awesome you guys are and how good this new mag is! I have just received (and finished reading) my Autumn PepTalk issue and you have absolutely smashed it out of the park. I am a young shepherd working in Taihape and I am so passionate about mental health and wellness, especially focusing in the rural sector. This magazine is perfect, it covers all aspects of mental health in many ways, making it easy for different people to be able to relate and make connections. The interactive parts of the magazine absolutely top it off, you don’t feel like you are just reading a heap of boring stories, it feels like the whole thing is made especially for you…. it’s awesome to see such amazing content out there for everybody.
Sophie Taplin - Shepherd, Taihape
Thanks for all you do - just brilliant. As an educator with responsibility for wellbeing in my school your work and resources are excellent. Kia Kaha.
Ryan Peters - Marlborough Boys College.
I just want to thank you for the beautiful magazine and personal card! You have captured the essence of what I’m all about so well - I’m thrilled with the article. The magazine is such a great read with so many helpful tips, ideas and great interaction throughout! I’m so happy that there is now a magazine like this in NZ, one that feels so positive and constructive too. You and your team have done a tremendous job and I look forward to seeing the next issue!
Eve Macfarlane - New Zealand olympic rower, Co-author of ‘How we got happy’.
Just wanted to say how much we are enjoying the magazine. I bought it just before lockdown to read and share with my clients. At the moment it sits at home and I treat myself occasionally and read an article. I noticed my kids have also picked it up and had a read of the teen section. Your magazine is wonderful. Keep up the good work. Kia kaha.
Tineka Sandall - Cousellor
This is a fabulous resource and much needed. Knowing that 50% of adults will experience mental health issues during their life time these are conversations that we must be having! You are helping to make these conversations normal and relevant and it’s great that it comes from within New Zealand so it’s easy to connect with too. My husband even picked it up and said, this looks good can I have a read....he’s not normally interested in that kind of stuff so that was cool.
Celia Hogan - Little Kiwis Nature Play
PEPTALK magazine was such a joy to read and like a breath of fresh air openly talking about big and small mental health issues we face in New Zealand. PEPTALK is written in a way that is easily accessible to anyone that is lucky enough to find and read the magazine. I will be adding PEPTALK as a resource for my clients, there are so many helpful take home messages and tips to help them have a better understanding of their own mental wellbeing or others they care about.
Emma-Kate Woodham - Mindfulness coach & massage therapist.
As someone who has walked through misery and into positive psychology, I’m loving PEPTALK magazine! I was really pleased to hear that there was finally a New Zealand magazine in print focused on improving wellbeing and I wasn’t disappointed. PEPTALK is beautifully put together and full of thought provoking and useful content we can all use to improve our wellbeing. I’ve purchased a subscription so I don’t miss an edition.
Kat McCay - Founder & Trustee Mental Health Therapies NZ Charitable Trust
Trying out a new NZ Mental Health magazine based on evidence based wellbeing strategies. Also, no adverts reminding me that I’m not rich, skinny, pretty, spontaneous, fun to be around etc. ‘Women’s’ mags I’m dissing you right now!!
I just got my magazine with one of your “on particularly tough days” cards. Thank you. I was having a moment where my brain was on overdrive and an emotional downward spiral and it was just what I needed to pick me up. Thank you so much for that ‘make me feel better moment’, I most sincerely appreciate it. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Congratulations on bringing a great idea to reality! It looks terrific. The moment I saw the picture of Martin Seligman, I knew this was going to be a good thing. I have passed the magazine on to the staff concerned and I know they will be very keen to subscribe. You can look forward to a response from one of them soon, I am sure. Once again, my congratulations and we look forward to this being another layer in our work towards our community flourishing and experiencing positive levels of wellbeing.
Richard Tucker - Saint Kentigern College
I was instantly drawn to PEPTALK Magazine, beautiful graphics with gorgeous writing. How amazing to put up a fight against one of NZ’s biggest problems in such a fresh and uplifting way. It’s initiatives like this that make me feel excited for the New Zealand my children will grow up in.
Lauren Shiels, Interior Designer, 34
It’s clever how the front is catered to adults and then flips over to the youth section, it seems it would make mental health help more casually accessible to youth who may be embarrassed to look into it themselves, I’m impressed and I feel like it’s about time!
Sam - Carpenter, 35