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February 2018

Psychiatrist’s Quick Guide on How to Talk to Your Children About Mental Health

By | 2018-02-16T10:52:11+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , , |

The parents and carers I meet through my job as a child and adolescent psychiatrist often tell me about young people in their lives who are suffering from anxiety or low mood. I can sometimes hear an element of desperation or hopelessness in their voice, which may come from the fact they have no idea what [...]

5 Ways To Encourage Better Body Image Within Your Family

By | 2018-02-16T10:52:17+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Categories: Eating Disorders|Tags: , , , , , , |

They say children are like sponges and imitate what their parents do and say. This can be cute but it can also become a problem, especially if what they are imitating is body-shaming and negative self-talk about food. This is not effective and can often cause negative side-effects for your children and family. But it doesn't have [...]

Parenting in the Digital Age

By | 2018-02-16T10:52:22+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety|Tags: , , , , , |

Being a parent can be terrifying. You spend your days trying to protect tiny humans when every instinct in their body is telling them to rebel against your good advice. Toddlers have a meltdown when forced to hold hands while crossing the road and teenagers sulk when you tell them they cannot have a phone or [...]

Raise Digital Age of Consent to 16, Say Experts

By | 2018-02-16T10:52:28+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Cybersecurity experts have recommended that the government increase the digital age of consent from 13 to 16 because of safety risks for children. They were “unequivocally” opposed to the Irish government’s position where children can sign legal agreements with online service providers at 13 and have their personal information sold on to third parties. An [...]

Data Reveals 5 Yr Old Children Are Discussing Suicidal Thoughts

By | 2018-02-16T10:52:33+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Categories: Suicide|Tags: , , , , , |

Children as young as five are experiencing suicidal thoughts according to the latest data released by Kids Helpline. The Leader can reveal the national counselling service figures show that almost 10 per cent of the 400 children aged between 5 and 12 called the helpline to talk about suicide. The data also revealed out of 395 people [...]

Almost Every Young Person in WA Detention Has a Severe Brain Impairment

By | 2018-02-16T10:52:38+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol, Science & Research|Tags: , , , , , |

Nine out of ten people in Western Australian youth detention are severely impaired in at least one area of brain function such as memory, language, attention, and executive function (planning and understanding consequences). Such deficits would strongly impact on their ability to conform with legal instructions, and with other aspects of the justice system such [...]

How Social Media Can Make Life Better for Young People in Care

By | 2018-02-16T10:52:42+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , , , , |

When young people are “looked after” by the state, they can live in a variety of care placements including children’s homes, foster parents or with friends or birth family relatives. These young people are known to be especially vulnerable to poor mental health. Many share too much with people who may do them harm – [...]

‘I worry for you girls’: Prince William

By | 2018-02-16T10:52:47+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , , , , |

Prince William is the father of a boy and a girl (and a child on the way), who are – hopefully – still a way off having their own Instagram accounts. But the prince has given a surprise speech to school students in London that, frankly, every tween and their parent should read. "I worry for you girls. [...]

Oz Poll Reveals Alarming Impact of Online Abuse Against Women

By | 2018-02-09T15:57:52+00:00 February 9th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety|Tags: , , , , , , , |

New research by Amnesty International has revealed the alarming impact that abuse and harassment on social media are having on women in Australia, with women reporting stress, anxiety, or panic attacks as a result of these harmful online experiences. The organisation commissioned an Ipsos MORI online poll which looked at the experiences of 502 women [...]

5 Ways to Promote Mental Health in the Workplace with Technology

By | 2018-02-12T09:49:34+00:00 February 9th, 2018|Categories: Technology|Tags: , , , , |

Mental illness can prove to be a silent destroyer of workplace productivity and employee happiness. US employers cough up between USD 79 and 105 billion annually to make up for the damage stemming from poor mental health and substance abuse . This can take the shape of reduced productivity, insurance spends and increased absences. In fact, mental illness is [...]