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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

Reduce children’s test anxiety with these tips – and a re-think of what testing means

The term “test anxiety” typically conjures up images of a high school or university student obsessing over an upcoming exam. Certainly, older students have been the focus of more than a half a century of research examining test and assessment anxiety and its impact on grades. Researchers know that such test anxiety generally has a [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:35:45+10:00March 4th, 2019|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Today’s Song: Julia Michaels & Selena Gomez Open Up A Conversation About Mental Health With Anxiety

Most people are familiar with mental health as a topic nowaday: Mental illness has never been so widely spoken about, and as stigmas fade, more people are opening up about their struggles with mental illness. That said, it is still not a popular topic in music — at least not on Top 40 radio, and [...]

By |2019-02-25T17:15:54+10:00February 25th, 2019|Categories: Anxiety, Mental Illness|Tags: , , |0 Comments

‘Smiling depression’: it’s possible to be depressed while appearing happy – here’s why that’s particularly dangerous

The term “smiling depression” – appearing happy to others while internally suffering depressive symptoms – has become increasingly popular. Articles on the topic have crept up in the popular literature, and the number of Google searches for the condition has increased dramatically this year. Some may question, however, whether this is actually a real, pathological [...]

By |2019-02-25T17:09:56+10:00February 25th, 2019|Categories: Depression|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, [...]