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The Way We Discuss Suicide Can Unintentionally Cause Harm

Many people are discussing and grieving fashion designer Kate Spade’s death, apparently by suicide. And in these moments, it becomes essential to discussing suicide as safely as possible. Whether you knew the person who lost their life personally or as a public figure, whether you’re speaking in private, public, or as a member of the [...]

By | 2018-06-08T15:03:39+00:00 June 8th, 2018|Categories: Suicide|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 [...]

Top Five Things Child Sexual Abuse Victims Need From You

What if I am wrong? A common question. Should I report or not report? A common misstep. When there is reasonable suspicion of child sexual abuse, you must report your suspicions to the police or child protective services or both. But why do many adults fail to act —fail to do what is in the [...]

By | 2018-06-07T20:17:25+00:00 June 7th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Mental Illness|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

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

New Partnership to Support Mental Health in Rural Australian Communities

A new partnership between two prominent foundations will look to support mental health in rural, regional and remote Australian communities. CCI Giving and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) announced they had entered into a five-year partnership last Wednesday. The primary focus will be a FRRR-managed grants program, to support community-driven initiatives that [...]

By | 2018-06-04T13:49:52+00:00 June 4th, 2018|Categories: Anxiety, Depression, Mental Illness, Suicide|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

‘If You Care, You’re Equipped’: How To Support Someone Who is Suicidal

Kate* was sitting at her desk working late with her colleague Ben* when he told her he was suicidal. She was visibly horrified and when Ben saw her reaction he immediately took his words back and asked her not to tell anyone. "You're kind of a friend, a colleague, a manager, and you want to [...]

By | 2018-04-09T09:07:24+00:00 April 5th, 2018|Categories: Suicide|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Benalla Students Fight To Remove Stigma Around Mental Health

More than 130 Year 8 Benalla students are ready to fight mental health and youth suicide with the official launch of the Benalla Live4Life program. On 26 March, at the Drill Hall Community Activity Centre, the Live4Life education and prevention program led by the Council will be in full swing, with all Year 8 and 11 Benalla students [...]

Attention Can be Protective Factor to Lower Risk of Drug Abuse

Parents who require children to follow rules and keep a constant eye on their activities, endeavoring to know where they are, who they are with and what they are doing, run less risk of facing problems when their children enter adolescence, such as abuse of alcohol and other drugs. The likelihood of such problems becomes [...]

By | 2017-12-18T10:05:01+00:00 December 18th, 2017|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol, Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Why Bullied Children Are Reluctant To Seek Help From Teachers

In Australia, approximately one student in five is bullied at school every few weeks or more often. Many of these students suffer serious emotional and psychological harm, such as persistent anxiety, depression and suicidal thinking, and are unable to concentrate on their school work. It is clear they need help. Teachers routinely inform students that [...]

By | 2017-07-03T16:47:40+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Categories: Bullying|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

How To Talk To Someone Close To You Who Is Gambling

Partners, family members and friends often ring the Gambling Helpline (1800 858 858) wanting advice about how to talk to their loved ones about their gambling. Many times they want to talk about how to begin the conversation. Other times the family member or significant other admits gambling has been an ongoing discussion topic that, [...]