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Five Ways to Build Self-Esteem

For Melanie Fennell, a British clinical psychologist, self-esteem is a short-hand for the collection of beliefs you have about yourself and the type of person that you are. When our self-esteem is positive then we often believe that we are good enough to manage the challenges we come across at work, with friends or in [...]

Teens on Digital Detox – The Shocking Results

I never realised just how damaging our obsession with smartphones and our switched-on lifestyle was, nor how addictive screen time was, until I put my teenagers on an extended digital detox. The results were swift and shocking, raising the question of just what is happening to the selfie generation and whether we have more to fear [...]

Alcohol Puts Teens at Risk of Insomnia

A new study has examined the development of mental health problems and resilience among at-risk youth. It may be considered as one of the most common "sleep aids" people employ to help them drift off at night, but according to a recent study, alcohol can actually be a roadblock to good sleep in teenagers. The [...]

Be a Guide, Not a Guard and Raise a Happy, Responsible Kid

“Be a guide, not a guard” perfectly describes the kinds of parenting behaviors that create happy and responsible children. It’s a term I learned at a recent training session focused on reducing controlling parenting behaviors. When I ask parents “what have you tried to help change your child’s behavior?” little breaks my heart more than hearing a [...]

Mentally Strong Kids Have Parents Who Refuse to Do These 13 Things

Raising a mentally strong kid doesn’t mean he won’t cry when he’s sad or that he won’t fail sometimes. Mental strength won’t make your child immune to hardship – but it also won’t cause him to suppress his emotions. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Mental strength is what helps kids bounce back from setbacks. It [...]

Teens Who Smoke Pot, Drink Alcohol Have Less Potential As Adults

Teenagers who abuse alcohol and marijuana are probably not going to do much with their lives, according to new research. Scientists were investigating the link between dependency on those two drugs and life achievements when they found that the young adults they were studying, who had problems with alcohol and pot, were less likely to [...]

Autistic People Aren’t Really Accepted

Up to 70% of autistic people experience mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety, according to some research. Unfortunately, we still don’t know why autistic people are at a higher risk for mental health problems than non-autistic people. But one important factor is whether an individual’s autism is recognised and accepted by those around them. [...]

By | 2017-11-13T09:26:25+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

5 Things Parents and Teachers Need to Know About ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a childhood disorder that affects as many as one out of 10 children in the United States. Even though it’s fairly common, many misconceptions still persist. So here are five important things you should know if you are a parent or a teacher of a child with ADHD. 1. The [...]

By | 2017-11-06T15:14:36+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

beyondblue App Helps Keep Exam Stress At Bay

All through her VCE year, Emma Missen felt like she was drowning. A high achiever, Ms Missen had won a scholarship to her private school and felt under pressure to perform well in the exams. Those close to her knew what she was going through, but most friends at school had no clue. "I think it would [...]

By | 2017-11-06T15:14:32+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture, Technology|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Three Proven Psychological Treatments for Young People That Need to be Funded

From the first of November Australians living in rural and remote areas will be eligible to receive Medicare rebates for psychological treatments delivered in part via video conferencing. This is a step in the right direction, but there are still psychological treatments we know work, that remain unfunded. Under the “Better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative” [...]