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Indigenous Youth Suicide at Crisis Point

Communities and families are mourning the loss of five young Aboriginal girls who took their own lives in separate incidents in Western Australia, Townsville and Adelaide this year. In early January, a 15-year old girl from Western Australia died two-days after self-harming on a visit to Townsville. Last Sunday, a 12-year old girl died in [...]

By |2019-01-21T15:08:43+00:00January 21st, 2019|Categories: Suicide|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How Physical Activity in Australian Schools Can Help Prevent Depression in Young People

Adolescence is a critical time for the development of mental health problems. In fact, depression is most likely to occur during adolescence and young adulthood. It’s the leading cause of disability in young people worldwide. At least one‐quarter of young people will experience an episode of depression before 19 years of age. By year 9, [...]

By |2019-01-14T19:10:23+00:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Depression|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Government Tackles Youth Anxiety and Depression with $110m Package

The federal government has announced a $110m package targeting youth anxiety and depression, including $46m in funding to a beyondblue program to teach students about good mental health in early learning, primary and secondary schools. Online and phone support services including Kids Helpline and ReachOut will share an extra $1.8m in funding over two years, [...]

By |2019-01-17T14:17:55+00:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

10 Things About Childhood Trauma Every Teacher Needs to Know

With grief, sadness is obvious. With trauma, the symptoms can go largely unrecognized because it shows up looking like other problems: frustration; acting out; difficulty concentrating, following directions, or working in a group. Often students are misdiagnosed with anxiety, behavior disorders, or attention disorders rather than understood to have trauma that’s driving those symptoms and [...]

By |2019-01-14T14:02:35+00:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Mental Illness|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Instant Gratification Behind Teen Anxiety Epidemic, but Parents Can Help

At a school in Perth, a group of teen girls is sitting in a circle, practising breathing techniques. One. Two. Three. Four. "I've only got a couple of minutes with them,'' a school counsellor tells me later. Why? Because if this cohort can't learn to slow-breathe in two minutes, they'll consider they've failed. Failed breathing? [...]

By |2019-01-07T15:56:21+00:00January 7th, 2019|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

We Spent a Year Reporting on Teen Anxiety. Here’s what We Learned — and why You’re Part of the Solution

Owen feels compelled to make himself tiny, standing small in the corner with his arms folded while the family watches a movie. And he apologizes — a lot. This summer, as the 12-year old and his little brother Craig, 10, were gathering fallen apples near their home in the Salt Lake suburb, Craig decided to [...]

By |2018-12-17T13:58:47+00:00December 17th, 2018|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Pessimism Around Youth Suicide Prevention Approaches is Unfounded, Study Shows

A comprehensive Australian study examining the global impact of suicide prevention approaches in young people has found that youth-specific interventions conducted in clinical, educational and community settings can be effective in reducing suicide-related behaviour in young people at risk. The review, by researchers at Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, has [...]

How Parents and Teachers Can Identify and Help Young People Self-Medicating Trauma with Drugs and Alcohol

Some 80% of young people will experience a traumatic event by the time they become an adult. Rates of exposure to trauma peak during adolescence. The stress from traumatic events can result in a loss of interest in school, friends, hobbies, and life in general. The types of traumatic events include a wide range of [...]

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 [...]