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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+10:00March 4th, 2019|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|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+10:00March 4th, 2019|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|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 [...]

How Domestic Violence Affects Women’s Mental Health

Every week in Australia, a woman is murdered by someone she knows. And it’s usually an intimate male partner or ex-partner. One in three women has suffered physical violence since the age of 15. In most cases (92% of the time) it’s by a man she knows. Added to this, one-quarter of Australian women have suffered emotional abuse from a current or [...]

By |2019-02-25T17:13:56+10:00February 25th, 2019|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Surprising ways to beat anxiety and become mentally strong – according to science

Do you have anxiety? Have you tried just about everything to get over it, but it just keeps coming back? Perhaps you thought you had got over it, only for the symptoms to return with a vengeance? Whatever your circumstances, science can help you to beat anxiety for good. Anxiety can present as fear, restlessness, [...]

For people at risk of mental illness, having access to treatment early can help

How can we best help Australians who are at risk of developing a mental health disorder? A new recommendation to expand the Better Access initiative would open up government-subsidised psychological care to this effect. The recommendation is one of 14 put forward by the Mental Health Reference Group, part of the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review [...]

Disabled Teens Suffering the Mental Health Effects of Bullying

Almost half of the poorer mental health we see in teenagers with a disability is due to bullying, our new research shows. If we could stop the high levels of bullying that adolescents with a disability experience, we could make a big difference to their health, learning and wellbeing. So school anti-bullying programs need to [...]

How Resilience Can Break the Link Between a ‘Bad’ Childhood and the Youth Justice System

Most young people in the youth justice system have been found to come from “troubled” backgrounds. However, many people with similar backgrounds don’t ever end up in youth justice services. Knowing why people with troubled childhoods may be more likely to engage in criminal activity is necessary to inform the development of effective prevention and [...]

Students Find ‘Workarounds’ for School Phone Bans

A Department of Education review of smartphone policies around the world has found that students manage to find "workarounds" when devices are banned at school - yet the NSW government has prohibited phones in primary schools. The Department's review of the evidence on phones in classrooms notes that schools across Australia and around the world [...]

Want to be happier? Try getting to know yourself

The unexamined life is not worth living, said the Greek philosopher Socrates. He was reflecting on the expression “Know Thyself” – an aphorism inscribed on the temple of Apollo at Delphi and one of the ultimate achievements in ancient Greece. While we walk around the world more or less successful in our endeavours, many of [...]

By |2019-01-22T09:45:48+10:00January 21st, 2019|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture|Tags: , , |0 Comments