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Teens have less face time with their friends – and are lonelier than ever

Ask a teen today how she communicates with her friends, and she’ll probably hold up her smartphone. Not that she actually calls her friends; it’s more likely that she texts them or messages them on social media. Today’s teens – the generation I call “iGen” that’s also called Gen Z – are constantly connected with [...]

By |2019-03-25T11:20:02+11:00March 25th, 2019|Categories: Social Media, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Mother of Annalise Braakensiek says the late model got caught up in the eastern suburbs lifestyle and ‘perfect’ social media world

Annalise Braakensiek had a big and bubbly personality. She was sweet, loving and full of energy — that’s exactly how those close to the model remember her. But the mother of the late model has claimed her daughter got caught up in the Bondi Beach culture and was obsessed with perfecting her Instagram in the [...]

By |2019-03-11T18:46:51+11:00March 11th, 2019|Categories: Depression, Suicide, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How Domestic Violence Affects Women’s Mental Health

Every week in Australia, a woman is murdered by someone she knows. And it’s usually an intimate male partner or ex-partner. One in three women has suffered physical violence since the age of 15. In most cases (92% of the time) it’s by a man she knows. Added to this, one-quarter of Australian women have suffered emotional abuse from a current or [...]

By |2019-02-25T17:13:56+11:00February 25th, 2019|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

‘Smiling depression’: it’s possible to be depressed while appearing happy – here’s why that’s particularly dangerous

The term “smiling depression” – appearing happy to others while internally suffering depressive symptoms – has become increasingly popular. Articles on the topic have crept up in the popular literature, and the number of Google searches for the condition has increased dramatically this year. Some may question, however, whether this is actually a real, pathological [...]

By |2019-02-25T17:09:56+11:00February 25th, 2019|Categories: Depression|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Surprising ways to beat anxiety and become mentally strong – according to science

Do you have anxiety? Have you tried just about everything to get over it, but it just keeps coming back? Perhaps you thought you had got over it, only for the symptoms to return with a vengeance? Whatever your circumstances, science can help you to beat anxiety for good. Anxiety can present as fear, restlessness, [...]

We Finally Started Taking Screen Time Seriously in 2018

At the beginning of this year, I was using my iPhone to browse new titles on Amazon when I saw the cover of “How to Break Up With Your Phone” by Catherine Price. I downloaded it on Kindle because I genuinely wanted to reduce my smartphone use, but also because I thought it would be [...]

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

Government Tackles Youth Anxiety and Depression with $110m Package

The federal government has announced a $110m package targeting youth anxiety and depression, including $46m in funding to a beyondblue program to teach students about good mental health in early learning, primary and secondary schools. Online and phone support services including Kids Helpline and ReachOut will share an extra $1.8m in funding over two years, [...]

By |2019-01-17T14:17:55+11:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

‘Traditional Masculinity’ Officially Labeled ‘Harmful’ by the American Psychological Association

The American Psychological Association has issued its first official warning against toxic masculinity. The new “Guidelines for the Psychological Practice with Boys and Men,” marks the first-ever report published by the association aimed at helping practitioners care for their male patients “despite social forces that can harm mental health.” Citing more than 40 years of [...]

By |2019-01-14T20:08:34+11:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

‘I Was Having Panic Attacks’: Online Gaming Addiction is Real

Like most teenage boys, Cam Adair played computer games. He would play the games – Starcraft: Brood War, World of Warcraft –with his cousin, or to unwind after school or hockey practice. "Then I started to experience a lot of bullying," the Canadian recalls. "And that bullying meant the gaming went from something that I [...]