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Former stand-up co­me­dian Mike King made a two-day visit last week, to speak to stu­dents at the district’s three se­condary schools, as well as to a com­mu­nity meet­ing in Mata­mata. He was in­vited here by the Mata­mataPi­ako Vol­un­teer Youth Am­bas­sadors, to talk about his own ex­pe­ri­ences with de­pres­sion, in the hope of in­spir­ing au­di­ences to sup­port one another when it came to men­tal health is­sues. I went along to his pre­sen­ta­tion to stu­dents at Mata­mata Col­lege. He spoke about how he was bul­lied as a child at school and that con­trib­uted to low self es­teem and con­fi­dence. Al­co­hol and drugs supplied that con­fi­dence but soon those highs proved to be more trou­ble than good. About 10 years ago he made some changes in his life and he ex­plained to stu­dents how and why he made those changes. Stu­dents hung on to ev­ery word. It is a shame Mike de­clined to be in­ter­viewed. It would have been nice to hear his thoughts on his visit to the district.

Lawrence Gullery

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