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February 2019

How to help teenage girls reframe anxiety and strengthen resilience

By |2019-02-19T12:01:44+00:00February 19th, 2019|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , , |

In the last decade, rates of anxiety-related disorders in teenagers have steadily risen, particularly in girls. Researchers and psychologists posit several hypotheses about why these rates are on the rise -- from digital hyperconnectivity to heightened external pressures to simply a greater awareness, and therefore diagnosis, of mental health concerns. Whatever the causes, Dr. Lisa [...]

For people at risk of mental illness, having access to treatment early can help

By |2019-02-19T11:57:02+00:00February 19th, 2019|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , |

How can we best help Australians who are at risk of developing a mental health disorder? A new recommendation to expand the Better Access initiative would open up government-subsidised psychological care to this effect. The recommendation is one of 14 put forward by the Mental Health Reference Group, part of the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review [...]

Children As Young As 8 Years Old Are Battling With Poor Body Image

By |2019-02-15T10:53:47+00:00February 15th, 2019|Categories: Body Image, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |

Startling new research has found that Aussie kids as young as eight are suffering from poor body image, and the consequences could be catastrophic. Children as young as eight are suffering from body image issues that could have serious and long-term health consequences, startling new research has found. A study released by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute has discovered a link [...]

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

By |2019-02-15T09:54:41+00:00February 13th, 2019|Categories: Gun Violence, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

Tech Tent: Is the Internet Bad For Us?

By |2019-02-18T17:52:40+00:00February 13th, 2019|Categories: Cybersafety, Mental Illness, Social Media, Suicide, Technology|Tags: , , , , |

From encouraging suicide to giving young people an unhealthy addiction to staring at smartphones, digital technology has been accused in recent days of doing more harm than good. On Tech Tent we explore the impact of the internet on our mental health - and meet two people with different solutions for dealing with stress. In [...]

Why Doesn’t Sex Ed Cover Body Image?

By |2019-02-14T17:34:49+00:00February 13th, 2019|Categories: Body Image, Sexual Education|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Without a doubt, American sexual education needs a lot of work. Only 25 states even mandate that it be taught in public schools, and only 13 states require those sex ed programs to be medically accurate. In 2016, a study published by the Guttmacher Institute found today's teens are actually receiving less education on topics like contraception and STI prevention than they [...]

Instagram to Scrub its Site of all Graphic Self-Harm Images Following Teenage Girl’s Suicide

By |2019-02-11T14:27:52+00:00February 11th, 2019|Categories: Social Media, Suicide|Tags: , , , |

The social media site Instagram has said it will remove all graphic self-harm images following the death of a British teenager. The parents of Molly Russell, 14, said she committed suicide in 2017 after she viewed distressing material about depression and suicide. Her family saw the posts when they inspected her Instagram use after her [...]

So Your Child Wants to Be a Youtuber, What Now?

By |2019-02-11T14:08:47+00:00February 11th, 2019|Categories: Social Media, Technology|Tags: , , , |

Not that long ago, the height of ambition for many children was to be a children's television presenter. Then there was a brief period when everyone wanted to be an X Factor star. Okay, we may mourn the days when children dreamt about becoming firemen and astronauts, but all of this sounds quaint now that [...]

Instagram: Beware of Bad Influencers…

By |2019-02-11T14:17:47+00:00February 11th, 2019|Categories: Social Media, Technology|Tags: , , , |

The sun-drenched beaches of Exuma gleamed as brightly as the skin of the world-famous supermodels stretched out on yachts or dancing around flickering fires in the promotional video for Fyre, the glamorous music festival turned shambles turned scam that became the subject of the Netflix documentary Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened. The likes [...]

Anxiety on Rise Among the Young in Social Media Age

By |2019-02-11T13:47:05+00:00February 11th, 2019|Categories: Anxiety, Depression, Mental Illness, Social Media|Tags: , , , |

The number of young people in the UK who say they do not believe that life is worth living has doubled in the last decade, amid a sense of overwhelming pressure from social media which is driving feelings of inadequacy, new research suggests. In 2009, only 9% of 16-25-year-olds disagreed with the statement that “life [...]