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How to Help Kids Deal with Social Anxiety During the Holiday Season

For many children, the holidays are the best time of the year. There are countless holiday parties, big extended family dinners, special religious ceremonies, parades, cookie exchanges, and so much more to look forward to. For other children, this flurry of activities sets off the alarm bells. Big crowds and unfamiliar faces can be incredibly [...]

By |2018-12-07T14:36:37+00:00December 7th, 2018|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

First Report of Its Kind Reveals Childhood Eating Disorders more Common than Thought

Mental health disorders may onset early in life, meaning that parents and healthcare professionals need to be able to recognize the signs and intervene appropriately. And as any epidemiologist will tell you, one of the first steps of understanding an illness or condition – and how to best treat it – is to determine how [...]

Why Going on Anti-Anxiety Medication is the Best Decision I Have Ever Made

In Gloria Steinem’s book “My Life On The Road” there’s a chapter in which she talks about how everyone has before and after moments in their life. They’re an event or instance that you come to define your life by before and after they occurred. For her, it was being a part of the Women’s [...]

Jameela Jamil on why Airbrushing Should Be Illegal

The actress Jameela Jamil, best known for her role in US TV series The Good Place, says airbrushing is a crime against women and should be illegal. She's one of this year's BBC 100 Women and has also started @i_weigh - a social media initiative designed for people to share what makes them unique and [...]

Mental Health: One in Four Young Women Struggling

The official NHS report found young women aged 17 to 19 were twice as likely as young men to have problems, with 23.9% reporting a disorder. Problems are less common in younger age groups, but are rising, albeit slowly. In children aged five to 15, one in nine had a disorder, up from one in [...]

Developing Teen Brains are Vulnerable to Anxiety – but Treatment Can Help

Adolescence is the life stage when mental illnesses are most likely to emerge, with anxiety disorders being the most common. Recent estimates suggest that over 30 percent of teens have an anxiety disorder. That means about one of every three teenagers is struggling with anxiety that significantly interferes with their life and is unlikely to [...]

Horses Who Heal: How Equine Therapy is Helping Traumatised Children

One year ago, 13-year-old Shamanii avoided other kids and suffered such severe anxiety she didn't want to go to school. Now, in the words of her mother Alma, Shamanii is "loving school, absolutely loving it". "She’s putting herself out there, auditioning for productions. She’s made a whole lot of new friends." All because of a [...]

By |2018-11-26T11:32:58+00:00November 26th, 2018|Categories: Mental Illness|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

What Teachers Need to Know About Selective Mutism

Most teachers would give anything for a few quiet minutes in the classroom, but one teacher on the WeAreTeachers HELPLINE Facebook group is facing a different problem this year. “I have a little girl who spoke maybe four words all last year while in kindergarten and now that she’s in first grade is not yet [...]

By |2018-11-26T11:29:11+00:00November 26th, 2018|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

10 Things Never to Say to Your Anxious Child

When children are chronically anxious, even the most well-meaning parents can utter words that exacerbate, instead of alleviate, anxious feelings. Non-anxious parents have the benefit of time, wisdom, and reasoning on their sides, and this can lead to statements that unknowingly dismiss the child’s anxious feelings. It can be very difficult to watch a child [...]

By |2018-11-16T13:35:23+00:00November 16th, 2018|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How to Improve the NDIS for People who Have an Intellectual Disability as well as a Mental Illness

Full implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) started two years ago, but many people with disability are not receiving the support they need. One such group are people with complex support needs, such as people with intellectual disability who also have mental health needs. Fewer people with complex needs are receiving the NDIS, and those who [...]

By |2018-11-12T12:35:44+00:00November 12th, 2018|Categories: Mental Illness|Tags: , , , |0 Comments