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Headspace Finds 32pc of Youth in Psychological Distress

Data released this week through Headspace’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation revealed 32 per cent of young Australians report high or very high levels of psychological distress. Headspace Kalgoorlie manager Ashley Cridland said those levels had tripled in the last 10 years. “Young people face a unique set of challenges compared to previous generations and [...]

By |2018-10-15T17:10:43+00:00October 15th, 2018|Categories: Mental Illness, Sleep|Tags: , , |0 Comments

An Online Decency Moderator’s Advice: Blur Your Eyes

"When I left, I didn't shake anyone's hand for three years. I'd seen what people do and how disgusting they are. I didn't want to touch anyone. I was disgusted by humanity." Roz Bowden is talking about her time as a content moderator at MySpace, viewing the very worst the internet could throw at her [...]

By |2018-10-15T12:55:58+00:00October 15th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety, Mental Illness|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Massive Survey Finds 1 in 3 College Freshmen Struggle with Mental Health — Here are 4 Things You can Do

Mental health is a major concern on college campuses around the world. According to new research published by the American Psychological Association, over one-third of first-year college students are impacted. Researchers from the World Health Organization, led by Columbia University Psychology Professor Randy P. Auerbach, surveyed nearly 14,000 first-year college students from eight countries (Australia, [...]

By |2018-10-08T14:38:56+00:00October 8th, 2018|Categories: Mental Illness|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

4 Ways Parents Can Help Their Children with Anxiety, According to a Clinical Psychologist.

Catherine* is a busy working mum of two pre-teenage children who both suffer with moderate cases of anxiety and depression. While trying to help her kids navigate the complexities of their feelings, she has asked herself in darker moments whether or not she is responsible for their issues. “I have had my own journey with [...]

By |2018-10-08T14:40:48+00:00October 8th, 2018|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Two-Thirds of Young People Experience ‘Worrying Levels’ of Exam Stress, ReachOut Survey Finds

Genevieve Lee expected her final year of high school to be stressful, but the 17-year-old realised the pressure had become too great when her behaviour changed completely. The vice-captain of Gilroy College in Castle Hill said she felt "so burdened with the pressure" of achieving good marks and pleasing her Fijian parents, it was causing [...]

By |2018-09-28T11:56:48+00:00September 28th, 2018|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How Schools Can Encourage Help-Seeking in Young People

We need to have more conversations with young people about mental health. In the 2017 Mission Australia Youth Survey Report, mental health was rated by young people as the most important issue affecting Australia today [1]. While the majority of young people reported feeling optimistic about the future, they also saw mental health as one [...]

By |2018-09-24T11:49:59+00:00September 24th, 2018|Categories: Mental Illness|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

4 Steps to Asking ‘R U OK?’

Got a niggling feeling that someone you know or care about it isn’t behaving as they normally would? Perhaps they seem out of sorts? More agitated or withdrawn? Or they’re just not themselves. Trust that gut instinct and act on it. By starting a conversation and commenting on the changes you’ve noticed, you could help [...]

Are ‘Swipe Left’ Dating Apps Bad for Our Mental Health?

Dating apps have taken the world by storm, but has the trend for swiping right or left to like or reject potential matches contributed to many people's unhappiness and low self-esteem? Following the end of her last relationship, Kirsty Finlayson, 28, did what many people do - she turned to dating apps to find love. [...]

By |2018-09-17T10:08:50+00:00September 17th, 2018|Categories: Anxiety, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

6 Ways to Help a Friend with Depression

If you want to be there for a friend who’s been diagnosed with depression, you’re already a great friend. But even when you have really good intentions, it can be hard to know exactly how to help a friend with depression and what to say to a depressed friend. If you're wondering what to do [...]

‘Desperately Needed’ Youth Mental Health Services Tackle ‘Missing Middle’

NEW early intervention services will roll out across the (Hunter) region in a bid to meet the needs of young people with, or at risk of, severe mental illness. Youth Complex Mental Health Services will target young people living in the Upper Hunter. “The aim of these services is to fill a gap that Professor [...]