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Ellapen Rapiti

See people as individual humans, not as a race

We need to ingrain values of equality in education, businesses, society broadly and religious groups to see people

Diabetes is not just about the sugar

Newer drugs, which prevent costly complications, should be made much more affordable

How to recognise mental illness in children and adolescents

Children are often unable to verbalise their feelings of anxiety or depression, instead presenting with physical symptoms or odd behaviour. Diagnosis and treatment is crucial to set them on a healthy life-long path of managing their illness

Politicians must be held accountable

Endless, toothless internal integrity committees are not the way out of corruption

You can’t beat discipline into a child

Children displaying aberrant behaviour have often been traumatised and require counselling

Listen to your children

Witnessing violence or even being bullied at school can traumatise youngsters in ways we don’t always see at first

Avoid the silent killer

Check your blood pressure every six months and, if you’re on medication, take it as prescribed

Grief is different for everyone

Some people need to seek professional help so that they can learn to accept the death of a loved one

A poison by any other name

It is not just the person who drinks alcohol in excess who is harmed; the family suffers too

Anxiety can destroy your life

The disorder is often misdiagnosed because symptoms mask the problem, but it can be treated with therapy

Want to quit smoking? Breathe

Puffing away on nicotine is unhealthy and socially no longer acceptable, but people do struggle to give it up

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