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How Physical Activity in Australian Schools Can Help Prevent Depression in Young People

Adolescence is a critical time for the development of mental health problems. In fact, depression is most likely to occur during adolescence and young adulthood. It’s the leading cause of disability in young people worldwide. At least one‐quarter of young people will experience an episode of depression before 19 years of age. By year 9, [...]

By |2019-01-14T19:10:23+11:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Depression|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Anti-Cottonwool Schools Where Kids Stare Down Risk in Favour of Nature Play

Far from wrapping children in cotton wool, a growing number of WA public schools are doing the opposite, giving their students the opportunity to race around on rollerblades, fly off ramps in crates and slide down trees. They are setting aside injury concerns to help children build resilience and squeeze in much-needed physical activity, in [...]

The Must-Do After School Activity in 2018

Aussie parents are urged to consider youth theatre as an after school activity this year, with recent research revealing the positive impact on mental wellbeing. According to a new report from the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP), participation in youth theatre had a positive impact on the wellbeing of 94 per cent of youth involved, [...]

By |2018-01-15T14:15:54+11:00January 15th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Getting Kids Active

How much sport should children do? One hour a week? Two? More? What parents believe their child ought to be doing is greatly influenced by their own experiences of sport, and as a PDHPE teacher I’m only too aware that sport isn’t necessarily everyone’s cup of tea. One of the messages we convey in our [...]