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Generation Next is a social enterprise providing education and information to protect and enhance the mental health of young people.

Helping employees to avoid the post-holiday blues

'What did you do on the holidays?' It’s the common phrase uttered around the office and staff room upon the return to work after school holidays. As kids head back in to the classroom along with school staff and many parents around the country over the next two weeks, it is important to consider the [...]

How a Minecraft world has built a safe online playground for autistic kids

For autistic children, online social interactions can be just as fraught as those in the offline world. The community at Autcraft, which is built around a customised version of the popular game Minecraft, has set out to create a safe virtual playground. In the process, they may be demonstrating the kind of filtered, structured environment [...]

By |2019-10-08T12:47:00+11:00October 4th, 2019|Categories: ASD|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Generation Next shortlisted for Prime Awards’ NGO of the Year

Generation Next is proud to announce that we were one of just four finalists for 'NGO of the Year' at this year's Prime Awards, recognising excellence in the field of health communications. Competition was stiff, with MS Research Australia and the Movember Foundation Australia also vying for the prestigious award. In the end, it went [...]

By |2019-09-30T17:30:12+11:00September 30th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

I’ve spoken to some of the world’s worst trolls. Here’s what can help keep your kids safe online

Ginger Gorman has literally written the book on understanding online trolling. In the process she's uncovered entire networks dedicated to harassing individuals off the Internet entirely, as well as poisoning the minds of the young and the vulnerable with hateful ideologies. Sadly, this is just one of the dangers posed by the online world. On [...]

By |2019-09-30T17:30:13+11:00September 30th, 2019|Categories: Cybersafety|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

What parents need to know about the signs of child sexual abuse

Recent events, including the conviction and sentencing of George Pell for sexually abusing two children in the 1990s and the documentary airing allegations about Michael Jackson’s abuse of two young boys, have made prominent the topic of child sexual abuse. Many parents may be concerned about the safety of their child, and whether they are [...]

By |2019-09-30T13:42:53+11:00September 30th, 2019|Categories: Sexual Assault, Uncategorized|0 Comments

It’s not only teenage girls, and it’s rarely attention-seeking: debunking the myths around self-injury

Non-suicidal self-injury is the deliberate damage of body tissue without conscious suicidal intent. It’s more specific than self-harm, a broader term that can also include suicide attempts. Self-injury is reasonably common, particularly among young people. In community samples, 17% of adolescents and 13% of young adults had engaged in self-injury. Self-injury is associated with underlying [...]

Depression: it’s a word we use a lot, but what exactly is it?

Depression is a serious disorder marked by disturbances in mood, cognition, physiology and social functioning. People can experience deep sadness and feelings of hopelessness, sorrow, emptiness and despair. These core features of depression have expanded to include an inability to experience pleasure, sluggish movements, changes in sleep and eating behaviour, difficulty concentrating and suicidal thoughts. [...]

‘We will never forgive you’: youth is not wasted on the young who fight for climate justice

This week’s United Nations climate summit may go down in history - but not for the reasons intended. It was not the tipping point for action on global warming that organisers hoped it would be. It will instead probably be remembered for the powerful address by Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg, who castigated world leaders [...]

By |2019-09-30T13:25:38+11:00September 30th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Still serving guests while your male relatives relax? Everyday sexism like this hurts women’s mental health

Sexism and misogyny harm women in many obvious ways. Women experience economic, workforce and health-care disadvantages, intimate partner violence, gendered violence in public places, and street harassment. Women are also faced with denials gender inequality still exists in 2019. Some people presume anti-discrimination legislation, equal pay, and ensuring motherhood is not a barrier to workforce [...]

By |2019-09-30T18:21:44+11:00September 30th, 2019|Categories: Society & Culture|0 Comments

In a virtual universe of ‘perfect’ bodies, Instagram’s new policy offers important protection for young users

Instagram recently announced posts promoting diet products and cosmetic procedures will no longer be visible to users under the age of 18. While the initiative is being led by Instagram, the policy will also be in place on Facebook. Under the policy, posts that feature an incentive to buy a product, such as a discount [...]

By |2019-10-01T17:16:37+11:00September 30th, 2019|Categories: Body Image, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments