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How Parents and Teachers Can Identify and Help Young People Self-Medicating Trauma with Drugs and Alcohol

Some 80% of young people will experience a traumatic event by the time they become an adult. Rates of exposure to trauma peak during adolescence. The stress from traumatic events can result in a loss of interest in school, friends, hobbies, and life in general. The types of traumatic events include a wide range of [...]

Scientists Just Found The Neurological Link Between Poor Sleep And Depression

Research has long associated poor sleep with an increased risk of depression, but scientists have just identified the neural mechanism responsible for this link – a discovery that could lead to better treatments in the future. Researchers found a strong connection between the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (responsible for short-term memory), the precuneus (linked with ideas [...]

WA’s Mental Health System ‘Broken For a Decade Plus’

When her daughter Abbey began suffering severe mental health issues at the age of 14, Pippa Beveridge desperately sought help from Western Australia's mental health system. As she found out over the next two years, that support was not easy to come by. "We would go to [Princess Margaret Hospital] and wait for hours," Ms [...]

By |2018-07-23T15:33:52+11:00July 23rd, 2018|Categories: Mental Illness|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Teen Drinkers More Likely to Battle Alcohol Abuse in Adulthood

When it comes to underage drinking, how often a teenager drinks rather than how much they drink has been found to be a bigger indicator of problems later in life. According to a new study, teens who drink at least weekly before the age 17 are up to three times more likely to binge, drink-drive, [...]

By |2018-07-12T09:05:31+11:00July 12th, 2018|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Don’t Blame Adolescent Social Behavior on Hormones

Reproductive hormones that develop during puberty are not responsible for changes in social behavior that occur during adolescence, according to the results of a newly published study by a University at Buffalo researcher. "Changes in social behavior during adolescence appear to be independent of pubertal hormones. They are not triggered by puberty, so we can't [...]

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 [...]

4 Personality Traits That Predict Teen Drug And Alcohol Problems

Higher than average levels of impulsiveness, sensitivity to anxiety, sensation seeking and hopelessness. These four personality traits have been shown by researchers to predict those teenagers at high risk of becoming binge drinkers with 90 per cent accuracy. In the first Australian trial, a program targeting 438 year 8 students with one of these traits [...]

How Casual Sex Can Lead To Mental Health Issues Later

Poor mental health and casual sex contribute to each other over time among teen and young adults, a new study published in the Journal of Sex finds. Researchers at Ohio State University found that teens who showed symptoms of being depressed were more likely than others to have casual sex. It also discovered an inverse [...]

Top model: 10 tips on how to be a teen role model

No matter what young people might say; parents and care givers are still the most influential role models in their lives. Children learn how to behave from the people closest to them. This includes how they deal with their emotions and cope with stress and anger and how they relate to others socially. It also [...]

Seven strategies to properly engage the teenage brain

    The latest imaging studies of the teenage brain show that it undergoes huge changes as young people approach their twenties. During this period, the brain doesn’t grow in size but rather it seems to significantly rewire itself in readiness for the major changes that lie ahead.  During this process the brain is [...]