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

Help an anxious teen with this glitter jar technique

When a teenager is really upset, parents often feel the need to do something — gather information (“Who hurt you and what’s their phone number?”), launch into a profound lecture, or maybe try a problem-solving technique they heard about in a TED talk. A better first response: Grab a glitter jar. It’s an idea psychologist [...]

By |2019-03-11T17:13:38+11:00March 11th, 2019|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Australian stations dump Michael Jackson’s music after Finding Neverland documentary

Radio stations in Australia, Canada and New Zealand are refusing to play Michael Jackson's music in the wake of fresh allegations against him of child sex abuse. Sydney's Nova Entertainment on Thursday became the latest radio group to announce they are taking the late "King of Pop" off the air in response to public opinion. [...]

16 types of ‘harmful’ comments parents of kids on the autism spectrum are tired of hearing

It’s a situation many parents of kids on the autism spectrum have experienced: you get to the store and 15 minutes into your shopping trip your child has a meltdown. They are crying. They are screaming. You are down on the floor with them but unable to help them get regulated. Now picture the people [...]

By |2019-03-11T17:13:38+11:00March 11th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Triggering past trauma: how to take care of yourself if you’re affected by the Pell news

The conviction of Cardinal George Pell on childhood sexual abuse charges has dominated the media this week, rocked the Catholic Church and led to much public anger and confusion. But the most important consideration at this time must be with the survivors of clerical abuse and their families. While this conviction will provide a sense [...]

By |2019-03-04T19:11:04+11:00March 4th, 2019|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|0 Comments

Kids need to learn about cybersecurity, but teachers only have so much time in the day

Last week, the personal informational of thousands of clients of a large ASX listed company was inadvertently leaked to the dark web. A few days later, our very own parliament house computer system was hacked. Among this increasingly hostile data environment came the announcement of a new cybersecurity program that aims to raise high school [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:35:45+11:00March 4th, 2019|Categories: Cybersafety|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Unwanted unacceptable thoughts: most people have them and we should talk about them

Imagine you’re lying in bed when a sack of cocaine falls from a plane, crashes through your roof and lands next to you. You call the police who come round and arrest you for possession. This would be ridiculous. You are not responsible for things that fall into your house. Now imagine you’re lying in [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:35:45+11:00March 4th, 2019|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Reduce children’s test anxiety with these tips – and a re-think of what testing means

The term “test anxiety” typically conjures up images of a high school or university student obsessing over an upcoming exam. Certainly, older students have been the focus of more than a half a century of research examining test and assessment anxiety and its impact on grades. Researchers know that such test anxiety generally has a [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:35:45+11:00March 4th, 2019|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The skills kids need to avoid getting fooled by fake news

One day your kids are learning to walk and the next they're on their own sharing Russian propaganda on YouTube and Facebook. You might think your great-uncle using an old desktop to "surf the internets" is the person at risk of accidentally spreading "fake news" on social networks, but kids these days aren't always faring [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:35:45+11:00March 4th, 2019|Categories: Cybersafety|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Wellbeing Education for Teens

“Participating in this event helped me see where my fellow peers sit in terms of different things that impact us in our teenage lives. Seeing the amount of people across the country who are thinking about the same things I am is encouraging and empowering” said a year 12 student from last year’s Generation Next [...]

The Generation Next Working Parents Survey

A recent study conducted by AHRI highlighted that the two most common reasons for employees’ absentees were minor illnesses (96%) and family/carer’s responsibilities (76%). Employer absenteeism can have a grave impact on the workplace culture. The main consequences for workplaces are reduced productivity, low morale of staff filling in for absent employees (60%), and time [...]

By |2019-02-27T13:05:04+11:00February 25th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments