Naomi Arnold

Headlands: New Stories of Anxiety

ISBN: 9781776561896

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In 2017, Ministry of Health figures showed that one in five New Zealanders sought help for a diagnosed mood or anxiety disorder, and these figures are growing. Headlands: New Stories of Anxiety tells the real, messy story behind these statistics ­– what anxiety feels like, what causes it, what helps and what doesn’t. These accounts are sometimes raw and confronting, but they all seek to share experiences, remove stigma, offer help or simply shine a light on what anxiety is.
The stories in Headlands are told by people from all walks of life: poets, novelists, and journalists, musicians, social workers, and health professionals, and includes new work from Ashleigh Young, Tusiata Avia, Danyl McLauchlan, Selina Tusitala Marsh, Hinemoana Baker and Kirsten McDougall.
Edited by journalist Naomi Arnold, Headlands shows that some communities have better access to mental health services than others and it underscores the importance for greater understanding of the condition across the whole of society.  It is not a book of solutions nor a self-help guide. Instead, it has been put together for all individuals and whānau affected by anxiety. It’s also for those who are still suffering in silence, in the hope they will see themselves reflected in these pages and understand they are not alone.

Cover artwork and design: Hadley Donaldson

To read Arise and Pass Away by Danyl McLauchlan click here.



Naomi Arnold

Arise and Pass Away

Danyl McLauchlan

Lucky to Be Here

Rebecca Priestley

Water Wings

Sarah Lin Wilson

What Happens

Zion Tauamiti

Not Standing Upright There

Paul Stanley Ward

The Beginning

Aimie Cronin

In a Scorched Room

Michelle Langstone

Dream Selves

Kirsten McDougall

On Citalopram

Anthony Byrt

Fake It Till You Make It

Eamonn Marra

It Needs to Start Early

An Interview with Riki Gooch


Donna McLeod           

Showing Up

Hinemoana Baker


Bonnie Etherington

Mrs Housewife

Holly Walker  

The Curse Machine

Kate Kennedy 

Worry People

Madeline Reid

Scared to Death

Kerry Sunderland

Anxiety in the Body

Rosemary Mannering

Earnest PSA

Susan Strongman

Side Effects

Paula Harris

Writing from a Dark Place

Lee Murray

Moving Earth

Selina Tusitala Marsh

Sit in the Fire

Jess McAllen

The Midst

Allan Drew

My Geography

Yvette Walker

A Short History of Unease

D.A. Glynn

Micronutrients and Mental Health

Meredith Blampied and Julia Rucklidge

Ghost Knife

Ashleigh Young

Mountain View Road

Mikey Dam

As Fresh as They Come

Tusiata Avia   


Naomi Arnold is an award-winning journalist. After working as a daily news, columnist and feature writer for five years she turned freelance and now writes full-time for New Zealand and international publications, frequently on health, the environment, and science. She is the founder of Featured, a website that collects the best of New Zealand’s non-fiction writing. She has hosted a journalism podcast with The Spinoff, appeared on writing and media panels, reviewed books for Radio New Zealand, and coordinated the Nelson Readers & Writers Festival. She lives in Nelson.

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