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Alpaca Therapy at Queensland School Tackles Special Students’ Anxiety

Every Friday morning in the small Queensland town of Gin Gin, a group of students with special needs are learning how to train and handle alpacas at the local high school. It is a unique animal-assisted therapy program unlike any other in Australia. "We're trying to create an opportunity for these students to overcome some [...]

By | 2018-06-18T17:12:33+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Categories: Anxiety, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Mental Illness|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Treatment for Depressed Kids Needs Rethink

Young people with depression should be reassured that their poor concentration and memory are often part of the illness and don't mean they're "dumb", says an expert in mental health. An Australian study has revealed widespread cognitive functioning difficulties among teens and adolescents with depression. The findings, published in the journal Neuropsychology Review, have prompted [...]

Mummy Blogs: Why They Won’t Help You Be a Better Parent

Mummy blogs and parenting forums have cornered the market on family advice, but research has found many people won't seek help because of a fear of judgement. The pressure to portray a perfect family image is blocking parents, especially low-income earners or those with health problems, from reaching out. Research from the Queensland Family and [...]

By | 2018-06-07T19:45:54+00:00 June 7th, 2018|Categories: Depression, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

How Parents Can Support Young People’s Mental Health

Parents play a key role in helping children develop good mental health. It is important that parents support and encourage positive mental health habits in children from an early age, and continue encouraging positive mental health behaviours during adolescence. These positive habits will support young people’s health and wellbeing in all life domains into the [...]

By | 2018-06-04T13:52:03+00:00 June 4th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Resistance Training Could Be Powerful Weapon Against Depression

Resistance training's benefits go way beyond building big muscles: A new scientific paper demonstrates it might also be a great treatment for depression. The mental health condition has far-reaching impacts: it's estimated 1 million Australians have depression in any one year, and around one in six will experience it at some point in their lives. [...]

By | 2018-05-14T15:17:14+00:00 May 11th, 2018|Categories: Anxiety, Depression, Mental Illness, Suicide|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Skills for People with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

A new study has revealed that obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) sufferers need to adopt adaptive coping skills. The new research led by Steffen Moritz of the University Hospital Hamburg in Germany showed that coping skills were proven to be more helpful than the maladaptive strategies often used such as repetitive, compulsive actions or creating emotional distance from a situation, in order to effectively manage [...]

10 Things People with Depression Need to Do Every Day

Don't allow yourself to be limited by your depression. Yes, you are depressed. I know that place way too well, and I work my butt off to stay out of the D-zone. Here are ten little things that will give you a lift. You may not think you have the energy to do them, but, [...]

By | 2018-03-12T14:44:48+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Categories: Depression, Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Why Children Should Be Taught to Journal

When I was in fifth grade I wrote in my journal one day that I was upset about not having any real friends at school. My teacher reminded us, like she did every day, that our black-and-white composition notebooks were for our eyes only. She would read them only if we asked her to. That [...]

Bullying and Substance Abuse: Who It Affects and Why

Bullying transcends childish acts such as teasing, rough housing or joking around. It can be a dangerous activity with devastating physical and psychological effects. It’s a prominent risk factor for substance abuse and addiction, but the person being bullied isn’t the only one at risk. We’re born into a world that rewards winners, but some [...]

By | 2018-03-05T14:01:11+00:00 March 1st, 2018|Categories: Bullying|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Data Reveals 5 Yr Old Children Are Discussing Suicidal Thoughts

Children as young as five are experiencing suicidal thoughts according to the latest data released by Kids Helpline. The Leader can reveal the national counselling service figures show that almost 10 per cent of the 400 children aged between 5 and 12 called the helpline to talk about suicide. The data also revealed out of 395 people [...]

By | 2018-02-16T10:52:33+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Categories: Suicide|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments