‘Brain fingerprinting’ of adolescents might be able to predict mental health problems down the line

Daniel Hermens, Jim Lagopoulos and Zack Shan, University of the Sunshine Coast Despite the best efforts of clinicians and researchers for decades, we still do not fully know why some people develop mental disorders and others do not. However, changes in the brain are very likely our best clues to future mental health outcomes. The [...]

By |2022-08-15T12:33:17+10:00August 15th, 2022|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: |0 Comments

Losing a grandmother can have long-lasting mental health effects for kids and adolescents

Emily Smith-Greenaway, USC; Ashton Verdery, Penn State; Michelle Livings, USC, and Rachel Margolis, Western University The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea The death of a grandmother can have severe and lasting mental health consequences for both her adult children and grandchildren, according to our recently published study. [...]

By |2022-07-28T14:26:48+10:00July 28th, 2022|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: |0 Comments

Andrew Fuller’s 5Rs recipe for fast recovery from high stress situations

Andrew Fuller If you have ever plugged in too many devices at home and caused a blackout, you’ll know what it is like when a circuit becomes overloaded. Everything shuts down. This happens for people too after really high stress situations. We can all shift from ‘all-systems are-go, action stations’ status where we are on [...]

By |2022-07-28T14:26:15+10:00July 28th, 2022|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: |0 Comments

The importance of understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Join Andrew Fuller as he chats with guest Dr Chris Wever on understanding ADHD in children The prevalence of ADHD in Australia and the importance of diagnosis Diagnosing ADHD, its effect on children, and treatment options Strategies and resources for parents, teachers and those who support children and adolescents with ADHD Listen now below: [...]

By |2022-07-29T11:55:36+10:00July 20th, 2022|Categories: Anxiety, Depression, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Podcast|Tags: |0 Comments

Growing up in a disadvantaged neighbourhood can change kids’ brains – and their reactions

Sarah Hellewell, Curtin University Understanding the facial expressions of others is an important development stage. It helps us learn non-verbal communication and to recognise when someone is angry or scared and primes us to react to threats or show empathy for others’ feelings. A growing body of evidence suggests our neighbourhood environment shapes this response [...]

By |2022-07-04T11:23:54+10:00July 4th, 2022|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture|Tags: |0 Comments

Time in hospital sets back tens of thousands of children’s learning each year, but targeted support can help them catch up

Rebecca Mitchell, Macquarie University and Anne McMaugh, Macquarie University NAPLAN scores can tell us about a child’s learning, but can they also help us to support learners who have had a serious injury or a long-term chronic illness like asthma or epilepsy? Children who spend time in hospital for these reasons miss out on time [...]

By |2022-07-04T10:48:39+10:00July 4th, 2022|Categories: Learning, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Mental Illness|Tags: |0 Comments

Kids on the autism spectrum experience more bullying. Schools can do something about it

P. Daniel Lin and Valsamma Eapen, UNSW Sydney Children diagnosed with neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism, experience various types of challenges at school. This might be due to communication, and also relationships with other children. Accumulating evidence indicates autistic children are more likely to be bullied. We’ve just published a study which observed autism is the [...]

By |2022-06-20T11:24:13+10:00June 20th, 2022|Categories: Bullying, Education, Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: |1 Comment

Nurturing nature in schools for enhanced learning

Ms Krystyna Gilowska, Professor Dianne Vella-Brodrick and Story Producer: Nerissa HanninkThe fast pace of modern urban living can be mentally and physically draining. Add the strains of a pandemic, and these challenges can multiply. Imagine being a school student and having to focus on learning and studying during this time. Being an attentive student can [...]

By |2022-06-07T10:23:09+10:00June 6th, 2022|Categories: Education, Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: |0 Comments

‘It’s almost like a second home’: why students want schools to do more about mental health

Christine Grové, Monash University and Alexandra Marinucci, Monash University Psychological distress is on the rise among young people in Australia. The implications of COVID-19 and the strain on the training and availability of psychologists are likely to add to the mental health challenges and hinder young people’s ability to get help. Social isolation, loneliness and [...]

By |2022-06-06T16:53:50+10:00June 6th, 2022|Categories: Education, Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: |1 Comment

Leveraging the digital era for fitter, healthier, happier children

PhD Candidate Diana Zhu, Senior Lecturer Zoe Davidson and Associate Professor Simone Gibson, Monash University Overweight and obesity is the second-largest contributor to Australia’s disease burden and health costs, including significantly driving Australia’s high-cost diseases (for example, musculoskeletal disorders, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers). It’s estimated to cost the Australian economy $11.8 billion, and if obesity rates continue to [...]

By |2022-06-07T13:47:48+10:00June 6th, 2022|Categories: Education, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Obesity, Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments