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May 2017

5 Ways Sadness Can Be Good For You

By | 2017-05-01T11:55:35+00:00 May 1st, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , |

Sadness is not usually valued in our current culture. Self-help books promote the benefits of positive thinking, positive attitude, and positive behaviors, labeling sadness as a “problem emotion” that needs to be kept at bay or eliminated. With the advent of fMRI imaging and the proliferation of brain research, scientists have begun to find out [...]

Depression Prevention For Children

By | 2017-05-01T11:54:15+00:00 May 1st, 2017|Categories: Depression, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Mental Illness|Tags: , , , , , , |

Depression is a devastating disorder. Once you have had an episode of depression your susceptibility to having further periods of depression increases. Resilient Youth’s research on 160,000 young people shows the rates of students who are at risk of depression increases across the years of school. Years   Girls              Boys [...]

Mindfulness In Schools: Potential Problems And How To Fix Them

By | 2017-05-01T11:22:19+00:00 May 1st, 2017|Categories: Mental Illness|Tags: , , |

1. Know the difference between focused awareness and mindful awareness Firstly, we emphasize that mindfulness is more than just calm and concentration. If mindfulness training is to be distinguishable from relaxation or attention training, children need to learn about the mind and develop certain qualities of awareness—like openness, curiosity and care. After stilling the mind using [...]

8 Things To Remember About Child Development

By | 2017-05-01T10:54:30+00:00 May 1st, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , |

Building on a well-established knowledge base more than half a century in the making, recent advances in the science of early childhood development and its underlying biology provide a deeper understanding that can inform and improve existing policy and practice, as well as help generate new ways of thinking about solutions. In this important list, [...]

Being A Perfectionist Is Closely Linked With Anxiety And Depression Among Teens

By | 2017-05-01T10:51:57+00:00 May 1st, 2017|Categories: Anxiety, Depression, Mental Illness|Tags: , , , , |

Were you the kid in school who always aimed for an A-plus in every test, often pitting yourself against your classmates? Perhaps you're at university and ever striving for that distinction average. You would probably consider yourself a perfectionist. "Perfectionism works on a continuum. At one end, you have people who aspire and work hard [...]

The Effect That Childhood Trauma Has On Mental Health

By | 2017-05-01T10:43:31+00:00 May 1st, 2017|Categories: Mental Illness|Tags: , , , , |

We know events like childhood trauma cause physiological changes in one’s body. These changes in turn correlate with behavioral changes that manifest themselves as symptoms, and what psychiatry and its DSM-5 do is assign labels to certain clusters and combinations of these symptomatic manifestations, with each label representing and naming an individual and distinct mental [...]

How Student Happiness Is Crucial To Learning

By | 2017-05-01T10:29:06+00:00 May 1st, 2017|Categories: Anxiety, Depression, Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , |

Parents and schools spend a lot of time worrying about how kids measure up academically. Less attention goes to how happy kids are while they’re learning, and what that means for parents and schools. The OECD is trying to change that. New results from its high-profile PISA test, used to measure student achievement among 15-year-olds [...]

What You Can Do If Your Child Is Glued To Their Device

By | 2017-05-01T10:24:35+00:00 May 1st, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Technology|Tags: , , , |

Can you answer this question? Which of the following four activities is most popular with children - watching TV, going online, playing sport or reading books? According to Ofcom research carried out last year, ‘going online’ is the correct answer. But perhaps this comes as no surprise at all for many parents coming out of [...]

April 2017

Do Media Violence Impacts On Aggression Vary Across Different Cultures?

By | 2017-04-24T11:19:01+00:00 April 24th, 2017|Categories: Technology|Tags: , , , , , |

Australian researchers have contributed to a 7 nation study of the impacts of media violence on youth. The study, just published online in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, used the same research methodology in each of Australia, China, Croatia, Germany, Japan, Romania, and the US.  It found that: violent media use was positively and [...]

Tips For Coping If You’re Struggling With Depression

By | 2017-04-24T10:02:51+00:00 April 24th, 2017|Categories: Depression, Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , , |

Having depression is like wearing a dark pair of sunglasses. It starts to color your worldview and suddenly everything can feel very hollow and hopeless. You might find that things which used to bring you joy, now are met with a deep sense of numbness. Your thoughts may begin to get increasingly negative. You might [...]