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

Encouraging Positive Mental Health

Mental health is becoming a more widely discussed topic. It’s apparent that maintaining positive mental health can contribute to stronger overall well-being. However, there is a stigma commonly associated with mental health issues that often prevents those from seeking help. Where do we begin? Our children. 14 percent of Australian children between the ages of [...]

By | 2018-06-18T17:39:01+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Why The Old Way of Parenting No Longer Works

Every couple of years a book or article arrives diagnosing parents with catastrophic spinelessness. The power pyramid has been inverted, they warn, and the children are in, and therefore out of, control. "Command. Don't ask. Don't negotiate," instructs Leonard Sax in his 2016 book "The Collapse of Parenting," in which he blames parents for a [...]

By | 2018-06-18T17:29:00+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Here’s How To Tell If Your Child Might Be Addicted To Gaming

A mum has urged the NHS to diagnose her 15-year-old son with gaming addiction, as she says he has become so consumed by online games that he has not been to school for a year. Kendall Palmer, from north London, told The Telegraph she has fought for three years to have her son’s condition recognised [...]

By | 2018-06-18T17:24:29+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Suicide as Sickness?

The heart-rending suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain shocked and upset us. Here were two eminently successful people who ended their own lives. Why would they do this? How could they have achieved so much, yet not want to keep living? Their suicides struck most of us as not only tragic, but bewildering. In the aftermath of [...]

By | 2018-06-18T17:17:53+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Suicide|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Alpaca Therapy at Queensland School Tackles Special Students’ Anxiety

Every Friday morning in the small Queensland town of Gin Gin, a group of students with special needs are learning how to train and handle alpacas at the local high school. It is a unique animal-assisted therapy program unlike any other in Australia. "We're trying to create an opportunity for these students to overcome some [...]

By | 2018-06-18T17:12:33+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Categories: Anxiety, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Mental Illness|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

6 Things a Psychologist Wants You to Know About Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are difficult to diagnose and have the highest death rate of all mental disorders. According to Eating Disorder Hope, eating disorders do not discriminate. These disorders are complex mental afflictions that can affect anyone, regardless of age, sex or race. While this is true, globally there is a high prevalence of eating disorders among young children [...]

By | 2018-06-18T17:38:51+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Categories: Eating Disorders|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Teaching Children why Failure MUST be an Option

“Failure is not an option” is a line immortalized in the movie “Apollo 13.” The maxim was the mission ethic of NASA engineers who fought to save the damaged Apollo 13 space capsule in 1970. The line has become so emblematic of persistence in the face of catastrophe that teenagers, professionals and  leaders around the world [...]

National Report Reveals Widespread Bullying, Assaults and Suicide Taunts

More than 56 per cent of students with disabilities had experienced bullying over a 12-month period, a national survey has found. The survey, by Children and Young People with Disability Australia, revealed students experienced a range of bullying including being punched, kicked, headbutted, cyberbullied, spat on and having food or rocks thrown at them. Some [...]

By | 2018-06-18T16:55:32+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Categories: Bullying, Depression, Mental Illness, Suicide|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The Way We Discuss Suicide Can Unintentionally Cause Harm

Many people are discussing and grieving fashion designer Kate Spade’s death, apparently by suicide. And in these moments, it becomes essential to discussing suicide as safely as possible. Whether you knew the person who lost their life personally or as a public figure, whether you’re speaking in private, public, or as a member of the [...]

By | 2018-06-08T15:03:39+00:00 June 8th, 2018|Categories: Suicide|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Treatment for Depressed Kids Needs Rethink

Young people with depression should be reassured that their poor concentration and memory are often part of the illness and don't mean they're "dumb", says an expert in mental health. An Australian study has revealed widespread cognitive functioning difficulties among teens and adolescents with depression. The findings, published in the journal Neuropsychology Review, have prompted [...]