In the above video from the Julie McCrossin series, an Australian clinical psychologist makes a superb point about seeking help for HNC distress. See us as tradies, he says, similar to a plumber or electrician. It’s not like “seeing a shrink”.

Hospitals in NZ are now much more likely to have a support team that includes a psychologist than they were when I was treated in 2014 and there is also a free Cancer Society service.

 Here is a story about the video series made by Julie’s combined hospital group.