Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


This week on The Nutters Club

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Johnny and Freda Matteson Share Their Unique Insight on Mental Illness Across Generations and the Healing Power of Music

Mental health worker and musician Johnny Matteson uses his love of music to help others. First diagnosed with bipolar at the age of 19, he was sectioned to Kingseat where he was “grabbed, jabbed and put into lockup.”

His mother Freda, however, had travelled this road before with her husband so is a calm and stable presence in her son’s life.

“I realised that when people are in that state, they are terrified, and the best thing to do is not to get sucked into their fear and try to be as grounded as possible.”

The pair share their unique insights on The Nutters Club with Mike King and Dr David Codyre about the huge impact that mental illness has had on their small family, the historical treatment of mental health patients and how music helped Johnny find purpose and joy in his life.

It was the first time the show has featured a mother and son, says series director Marcus Clayton. “Johnny the musician and his 70 year old mum seemed an unlikely pairing but the filmed recording turned out to be one of the most compelling sessions this season. I think the insights that both offered, and their honest way in sharing some harrowing experiences with mental health challenges in the family are what this show is about: honesty, hope and a belief that somehow, there can be a way through.”

The Nutters Club with Mike King is a weekly radio show on RadioLIVE, Sundays at 8pm filmed and produced by Top Shelf Productions for Maori Television where it screens Fridays at 10.30pm. The Nutters Club Facebook page provides a forum for those with mental health issues and the book, The Nutters Club with Mike King is in all good bookstores now.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Joel Coen's Monochromatic Macbeth

The Bard of Avon may well be smirking up the sleeves of his lace doublet at the irony of Will Smith's Oscar debacle, but now that the initial furore has dissipated, it's worth revisiting the movie for which Denzel Washington was also nominated. More>>

Howard Davis: Kenneth Branagh’s Black & White Belfast

Branagh has assembled a wonderful cast, including Ciarán Hinds, a gently formidable actor who well deserves his Oscar nomination, and Judi Dench, who steals every scene she’s in. More>>

Howard Davis: Dennis Villeneuve’s Dune - A Brief History

So many elements of Herbert’s novel have since become tropes of popular SciFi that Villeneuve’s film sometimes seems deceptively derivative. What makes all this nonsense essential viewing is his astonishing visual sensibility. More>>

Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which has been republished by Te Papa press. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland