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Youth mental health Budget focus, but what’s the situation really like?

Youth mental health becoming more prominent in Australian politics has spurred more interest in the public on assessments of the scale and nature of the problem. In this article, Generation Next co-founder Ramesh Manocha and other experts explain what is causing the youth mental health crisis and the most concerning trends now being evidenced in [...]

Self-harm ‘contagion effect’ among children and teens

This article explores the growing concern that Victorian young people are self-harming in emulation of their peers, following a spike in reported cases of self harm in the state. It also assesses the extent to which self-harm may simply be more commonly detected and talked about, as well as the psychological drivers behind the phenomenon [...]

New childhood anxiety treatment focuses on the parents

This article outlines the results of a recent study comparing two approaches for the treatment of childhood anxiety: conventional cognitive behavioural therapy and a new approach focusing on the relationship between child and parents. The first group of children attended therapy to recognise and control symptoms of anxiety and to overcome the causes with exposure [...]

Getting teens to follow strict diets in the Fast Track trial is risky, but so is obesity itself

The Fast Track to Health study is a year-long dietary trial in adolescents with obesity. Since it started in Sydney and Melbourne at the end of 2018, it has been criticised for increasing the risk of eating disorders in people who may be especially vulnerable to these conditions. Sydney-based clinical psychologist Louise Adams started up [...]

Would You Know If Your Child Was Self-harming?

When parents find out that their child is self-harm they often feel alone and assume that their child is the only one struggling with this issue. However, the 2015 Mental Health Child and Adolescent Report tells us that approximately 10% of young people consciously experiment with self-harm at some stage through high school. Other research [...]

By |2019-04-08T10:06:10+10:00April 1st, 2019|Categories: self-harm|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

More than one in four high school students have experienced signs of depression

More than a quarter of high school students have experienced signs of clinical depression and other psychiatric conditions, with the type of mood disorder influencing students’ risk of suicide and self-harm. The UNSW study – published in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease – offers a concerning insight into the lack of mental health [...]

The terror of climate change is transforming young people’s identity

Today, at least 50 rallies planned across Australia are expected to draw thousands of students who are walking out of school to protest climate change inaction. These Australian students join children from over 82 countries who are striking to highlight systemic failure to address climate change. But the strikes represent more than frustration and resistance. [...]

‘It’s real to them, so adults should listen’: what children want you to know to help them feel safe

In recent months, we have been confronted by events that make the world seem unsafe. Among these are the horrific stories of child sexual abuse, the rise in Aboriginal youth suicide and the tragedy of mass killings at the hands of an Australian terrorist in Christchurch. Many of us feel anger, despair, hopelessness and grief [...]

By |2019-03-25T10:51:07+10:00March 25th, 2019|Categories: Anxiety, Trauma|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Mother of Annalise Braakensiek says the late model got caught up in the eastern suburbs lifestyle and ‘perfect’ social media world

Annalise Braakensiek had a big and bubbly personality. She was sweet, loving and full of energy — that’s exactly how those close to the model remember her. But the mother of the late model has claimed her daughter got caught up in the Bondi Beach culture and was obsessed with perfecting her Instagram in the [...]

By |2019-03-11T18:46:51+10:00March 11th, 2019|Categories: Depression, Suicide, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Help an anxious teen with this glitter jar technique

When a teenager is really upset, parents often feel the need to do something — gather information (“Who hurt you and what’s their phone number?”), launch into a profound lecture, or maybe try a problem-solving technique they heard about in a TED talk. A better first response: Grab a glitter jar. It’s an idea psychologist [...]

By |2019-03-11T17:13:38+10:00March 11th, 2019|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , , |0 Comments