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Government Tackles Youth Anxiety and Depression with $110m Package

The federal government has announced a $110m package targeting youth anxiety and depression, including $46m in funding to a beyondblue program to teach students about good mental health in early learning, primary and secondary schools. Online and phone support services including Kids Helpline and ReachOut will share an extra $1.8m in funding over two years, [...]

By |2019-01-17T14:17:55+00:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Memes are Taking the Alt-Right’s Message of Hate Mainstream

Think of an internet meme and you’ll probably smile. The most memorable viral images are usually funny, from Distracted Boyfriend to classics like Grumpy Cat. But some memes have a much more sinister meaning. They might look as innocuous as a frog, but are in fact symbols of hate. And as memes have become more [...]

By |2019-01-14T19:13:01+00:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Society & Culture, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Tech Giants Need to Take more Responsibility for the Advertising that Makes Them Billions

Last week I was followed around the Internet by a pair of shoes. I had looked at them online as a gift for my father-in-law, but he didn’t like them, and neither did I. Yet no matter what site I visited, there they were, staring at me in their full moccasin glory. Digital advertising can [...]

By |2019-01-14T19:13:32+00:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Society & Culture, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Are Parents Responsible For Their Child’s Bullying?

Cyberbullying peaks when students are on summer break, but parents are leaving teachers to deal with the fallout when the school year resumes, educators and experts say. Melbourne teacher Joel Hamilton* has had enough of your children. Specifically, he's had enough of you. "Teachers are fighting a losing battle against parents," the primary school educator [...]

By |2019-01-14T18:30:15+00:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

‘Traditional Masculinity’ Officially Labeled ‘Harmful’ by the American Psychological Association

The American Psychological Association has issued its first official warning against toxic masculinity. The new “Guidelines for the Psychological Practice with Boys and Men,” marks the first-ever report published by the association aimed at helping practitioners care for their male patients “despite social forces that can harm mental health.” Citing more than 40 years of [...]

By |2019-01-14T20:08:34+00:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

10 Things About Childhood Trauma Every Teacher Needs to Know

With grief, sadness is obvious. With trauma, the symptoms can go largely unrecognized because it shows up looking like other problems: frustration; acting out; difficulty concentrating, following directions, or working in a group. Often students are misdiagnosed with anxiety, behavior disorders, or attention disorders rather than understood to have trauma that’s driving those symptoms and [...]

By |2019-01-14T14:02:35+00:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Mental Illness|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Could smartphones be making us more stupid?

Smartphones. Facebook. Reality TV. It’s easy to look at our changing world and come to the following conclusion: we’re all getting stupid. That’s not the case. In fact, over the last century, the average Australian IQ has dramatically increased. Compared to Australians who lived 100 years ago, we’re a nation of geniuses. But now, some [...]

By |2019-01-14T20:06:37+00:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Society & Culture, Technology|Tags: |0 Comments

Children’s Well-Being Goes Hand in Hand with Their Dads’ Mental Health

We know from new research that children whose mothers are depressed may respond differently to stress, have altered immunity and be at greater risk of psychological disorders. This work adds to the body of research showing children can be affected in negative and long-term ways by their mothers’ mental ill-health. But what about dads? Men’s [...]

By |2019-01-07T16:19:52+00:00January 7th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Why Emotional Turmoil in Adolescence is Normal

I care deeply about young people and have done since I too was a moody, often confused adolescent who made some big, sometimes life-threatening, mistakes. The development of the physical body together with sexual urges, novelty seeking behaviours, rapidly changing moods and emotional states make adolescence a very interesting time. The developing pre-frontal lobe affects [...]

By |2019-01-07T16:11:12+00:00January 7th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

‘What’s with the Dumb Warning?’: Why Young Drug Users Do not Believe the Agony of Ecstasy

Young people “laugh” at vague warnings issued by the police or politicians about the dangers of drugs even as five of their peers have died at music festivals in the past five months. Paul Dillon, the founder of Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia, said it was incredibly difficult to change people’s minds about [...]

By |2019-01-07T16:04:14+00:00January 7th, 2019|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , |0 Comments