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The psychology of fear and hate, and what each of us can do to stop it

As an immigrant to New Zealand, I am saddened and outraged by the events in Christchurch. The apparent innocence of New Zealand has been stripped away by acts of cowardice and evil. Police remain on high alert and authorities are still responding to events following the shootings at two mosques in Christchurch that took the [...]

By |2019-03-21T15:24:02+11:00March 18th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Second Student Program showcases gripping speakers for National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence

Last Friday saw our speakers give stellar presentations at our second and final Student and Youth Wellbeing Program. As part of the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence, many of the presentations spoke to this theme which is becoming an increasing problem for young people.   Jonny Shannon started the day by relating [...]

By |2019-03-21T15:24:03+11:00March 18th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

We need a new definition of pornography – with consent at the centre

We all think we know what pornography is, whether we oppose it, use it, or tolerate it. But are we all conjuring up the same images? The term has been used to describe, for example: a music video clip of a naked Miley Cyrus straddling a wrecking ball; Bill Henson’s photographs of naked children, hung [...]

By |2019-03-21T15:24:03+11:00March 18th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|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+11:00March 11th, 2019|Categories: Depression, Suicide, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

16 types of ‘harmful’ comments parents of kids on the autism spectrum are tired of hearing

It’s a situation many parents of kids on the autism spectrum have experienced: you get to the store and 15 minutes into your shopping trip your child has a meltdown. They are crying. They are screaming. You are down on the floor with them but unable to help them get regulated. Now picture the people [...]

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

Stories make us: in conversation with Morris Gleitzman

In February, award-winning children’s author Morris Gleitzman was named the new Australian Children’s Laureate for 2018–19. As laureate, he will join his predecessors, Leigh Hobbs, Jackie French, Alison Lester and Boori Monty Pryor in promoting the importance of reading. Morris kindly shared his time with us to discuss the laureateship; why the need for stories [...]

By |2019-03-11T18:48:22+11:00March 11th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Generation Next Working Parents Survey

A recent study conducted by AHRI highlighted that the two most common reasons for employees’ absentees were minor illnesses (96%) and family/carer’s responsibilities (76%). Employer absenteeism can have a grave impact on the workplace culture. The main consequences for workplaces are reduced productivity, low morale of staff filling in for absent employees (60%), and time [...]

By |2019-02-27T13:05:04+11:00February 25th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

School shooters usually show these signs of distress before they open fire

Two years before he lined his schoolmates up against a classroom wall and executed them one by one, the student, who would become the gunman, tried to show his English teacher something important. He had quietly slid up his sleeves to reveal the cut marks running down his arms. The teacher panicked. A novice educator [...]

One Boy’s Journey with ADHD…and Waffles

My son, Aiden Dennis, was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) at age 5. He is now 11 years old and, with a little inspiration from a waffle, he’s also the author of an award winning book that aims to help other neurodiverse kids like himself. This is his story, but it’s also mine. [...]

New Study Offers ‘Strongest Evidence’ Yet that Exercise Helps Prevent Depression

Does physical activity reduce depression, or does depression reduce physical activity? It's a quintessential chicken and egg scenario — and a question that's plagued scientists for some time. Now, thanks to the power of modern genomics, a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry provides the "strongest evidence" yet that exercise has a protective effect against [...]

By |2019-01-25T16:19:32+11:00January 25th, 2019|Categories: Depression, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments