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October 2018

8 Ways Parents Can Help Teens Strike a Sleep Balance

By |2018-10-15T17:30:59+00:00October 15th, 2018|Categories: Sleep, Uncategorized|

A  poll by Sarah Clark and her team at the University of Michigan of 2000 parents has found that 1 in 6 parents are encountering sleep problems in their teens.  Clark and Mary Carskadon, a longtime sleep researcher and professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University share these evidence-based tips for weary teens and their parents [...]

Headspace Finds 32pc of Youth in Psychological Distress

By |2018-10-15T17:10:43+00:00October 15th, 2018|Categories: Mental Illness, Sleep|Tags: , , |

Data released this week through Headspace’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation revealed 32 per cent of young Australians report high or very high levels of psychological distress. Headspace Kalgoorlie manager Ashley Cridland said those levels had tripled in the last 10 years. “Young people face a unique set of challenges compared to previous generations and [...]

Study Finds Sleep-Deprived Kids are Prone to Riskier Behaviour

By |2018-10-15T16:58:14+00:00October 15th, 2018|Categories: Sleep|Tags: , , , |

Notice your kids acting out or not quite their usual selves? Chances are they might not be getting enough shut-eye, finds new study. According to new research published in the Journal Jama Pediatrics, kids who managed less sleep than their peers were likelier to engage in risk-taking behaviour such as using illicit substances and unprotected [...]

Am I Normal? The Top Five Problems Raised by Teens

By |2018-10-15T17:10:36+00:00October 15th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , |

Navigating life as a teenager can be hard, and when you need support, asking for it can be the biggest challenge. One tool - an app called MeeTwo - offers a way to seek help from behind a screen. It allows users to post questions anonymously and get answers from their peers and from undergraduate [...]

Positive Stories About Teens Rarely Make Headlines – Here’s why that Matters

By |2018-10-15T10:46:38+00:00October 15th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |

Viewing the younger generation as either trouble or troubled is nothing new. In the 4th century BC even the usually open-minded Plato clutched his proverbial pearls in despair, “What is happening to our young people? They disrespect their elders, they disobey their parents. They ignore the law. They riot in the streets inflamed with wild [...]

Bullying: ‘Our Daughter’s Beautiful Light has Dimmed’

By |2018-10-15T10:23:40+00:00October 15th, 2018|Categories: Bullying|Tags: , , , |

Jenny was different. Born with a rare disease, she was larger in size than other kids at school and a little bit slower. She also has a mild facial abnormality which I will not mention here as I don’t want her to be identified, which is why I have also changed her name. Jenny has [...]

E-Cigarettes are Just as Bad for Your Lungs as Smoke, Study Finds

By |2018-10-15T10:11:35+00:00October 15th, 2018|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , |

Vaping may be as hard on the lungs as conventional smoking, according to new research. Flavorings in e-cigarettes may be particularly harmful to the lungs by triggering inflammation, scientists have warned. Battery-powered vapes, like the Juul, are promoted as a tool to help smokers quit the habit. But even short term use causes as much [...]

An Online Decency Moderator’s Advice: Blur Your Eyes

By |2018-10-15T12:55:58+00:00October 15th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety, Mental Illness|Tags: , , , |

"When I left, I didn't shake anyone's hand for three years. I'd seen what people do and how disgusting they are. I didn't want to touch anyone. I was disgusted by humanity." Roz Bowden is talking about her time as a content moderator at MySpace, viewing the very worst the internet could throw at her [...]

Cannabis ‘More Harmful than Alcohol’ for Teen Brains

By |2018-10-08T14:37:45+00:00October 8th, 2018|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , |

Teenagers using cannabis are causing long-lasting damage to their developing brains, a Canadian study suggests. It found the impact on thinking skills, memory and behaviour was worse than that of teenage drinking. The researchers, from the University of Montreal, urged teenagers to delay their use of cannabis for as long as they felt able. The [...]

Massive Survey Finds 1 in 3 College Freshmen Struggle with Mental Health — Here are 4 Things You can Do

By |2018-10-08T14:38:56+00:00October 8th, 2018|Categories: Mental Illness|Tags: , , , |

Mental health is a major concern on college campuses around the world. According to new research published by the American Psychological Association, over one-third of first-year college students are impacted. Researchers from the World Health Organization, led by Columbia University Psychology Professor Randy P. Auerbach, surveyed nearly 14,000 first-year college students from eight countries (Australia, [...]