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July 2019

More from Dr Kristy Goodwin

By |2019-07-09T12:25:27+10:00July 9th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

  Watch - How much screen-time is okay for kids? - SBS Insight: Screens in Schools - Is social media bad for us?   Listen Maggie Dent talks to digital wellbeing expert Dr Kristy Goodwin to find out how we can best raise our kids in the digital age. Go to podcast >> Read - Five Tips to Tame [...]

9 mental health experts on getting over bad moods

By |2019-07-08T13:44:25+10:00July 8th, 2019|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , |

One of the most frustrating things about mood is that, even for just one individual, there's no one coping mechanism that's guaranteed to improve your outlook all the time. That's why it's so important to have a few different strategies to call on. Initially you might have to try a range of different things to [...]

Mental health royal commission hears suicidal young woman was ‘greeted with silence’

By |2019-07-08T13:44:25+10:00July 8th, 2019|Categories: Mental Illness, Suicide|Tags: , , , |

Amelia Morris, a young woman who grew up in country Victoria, has recently told the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System about the lack of services and care she experienced when struggling with mental illness as a teenager. When she first began to experience suicidal thoughts and feelings at age sixteen, she sought help [...]

Emoji are a natural substitute for gesture 🔥🔥🔥

By |2019-07-08T11:24:24+10:00July 8th, 2019|Categories: Social Media, Technology|Tags: , , , |

We’re much more likely to be hanging out on social media than at the watercooler these days. But just because we’re no longer face-to-face when we chat, doesn’t mean our communication is completely disembodied. Over the last three decades, psychologists, linguists, and anthropologists, along with researchers from other traditions, have come together to understand how [...]

How to reduce drug risks at festivals

By |2019-07-08T11:24:25+10:00July 8th, 2019|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , |

The NSW inquest into recent drug deaths at music festivals is due to start this week. So focus is turning to how to make music festivals safer by reducing drug-related incidents. We know that prohibition doesn’t work to reduce either harms or drug use. But what does? How do drugs cause harm? Most illicit drugs [...]

Victoria to ban mobile phones in all state primary and secondary schools

By |2019-07-08T09:39:57+10:00July 1st, 2019|Categories: Education, Technology|Tags: , , , |

Education Minister James Merlino has announced a ban on mobile phone use in all Victorian public schools, effective from term one of 2020. The ban aims to counteract several effects of mobile phone use which schools have been struggling with. The most concerning is cyberbullying, which has been steadily increasing in Australian schools and in [...]

Taking back control from gaming disorder

By |2019-07-01T15:17:29+10:00July 1st, 2019|Categories: Technology|Tags: , , , |

Focusing on Sydney teen Matthew, who has struggled with an addiction to computer games, this article examines how Australia is doing at treating gaming disorder following its official classification as a disorder by the World Health Organisation. We hear from Andrew Kinch, founder of Game Aware and former problem gamer, whose mission is to put [...]

Nearly 30% of kids experience sibling bullying – as either bully or victim

By |2019-07-08T09:39:57+10:00July 1st, 2019|Categories: Bullying|Tags: , , , |

Australia has invested an extraordinary amount of time and effort into putting in place bullying prevention programs – especially across schools. But what happens when your bully is your own flesh and blood, and lives with you, so you have no escape? Sibling bullying tends to fly under the radar, in large part because many bullies [...]

Teenage sexting linked to increased sexual behaviour, drug use and poor mental health

By |2019-07-01T15:17:30+10:00July 1st, 2019|Categories: Mental Illness, Sexual Education, Technology|Tags: , , , |

You glance at your teen’s smartphone and see a text message light up the screen. Was that a sext you just saw? Questions flood your mind. Is this what kids are doing nowadays? Does this mean my child is having sex too? Sexting — the exchange of sexual messages, photographs or videos via technological devices [...]

June 2019

The most common misdiagnoses in children

By |2019-06-24T12:37:26+10:00June 24th, 2019|Categories: Mental Illness|Tags: , , , |

Nearly any symptom can have multiple causes. This is difficult enough to deal with in medicine, but in mental health there are few to no physical symptoms, only behaviour and a patient's self-reporting of their thoughts and emotions. Add to this a child's limited ability to express themselves, and it's no mystery why many childhood [...]