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‘My brain goes insane’: The rise and rise of mental illness among Kiwi teens

In a split second, her body would heat up. Her eyesight would start to go, leaving her with tunnel vision. And, if she wasn't careful, she would start to hyperventilate. As she sat in the classroom of her Taranaki high school, 17-year-old Nuutea Itchner's anxiety would render her mute and she would be unable to [...]

5 tips to help manage your back-to-school mental health

If you're headed back to school, chances are you've already made at least one checklist. Got your schedule? Check. What about your supplies? Check. Talked with friends about which classes you have together? Bet you checked that one more than once. But there's something likely missing from your list, and it might be the most [...]

By |2018-08-20T15:57:46+10:00August 20th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|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 |2017-06-26T13:25:46+10:00June 26th, 2017|Categories: Mental Illness|Tags: , , |0 Comments

More Teens Than Ever Before Meet The Criteria For Having Mental Health Issues

Nearly 1 in 4 Australian teenagers meet the criteria for having a "probable serious mental illness", a joint report from Mission Australia and the Black Dog Institute has found. The Five Year Mental Health Youth Report presented findings from the past five Mission Australia youth surveys, during which thousands of adolescents answered questions on several [...]

12 Statistics To Get You Thinking About Mental Health In Young People

Mental health problems often start in childhood, but opportunities to help are being missed and research spend is lacking. Three in four mental illnesses start in childhood 75% of mental illnesses start before a child reaches their 18th birthday, while 50% of mental health problems in adult life (excluding dementia) take root before the age [...]

Depression Is Now The ‘Leading Cause Of Disability Worldwide’

Depression is now the leading cause of disability across the globe, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed. More than 4% of the world’s population lives with depression - with young people, pregnant or post-partum women, and the elderly being most affected. According to the United Nations (UN), the mental illness costs more than $1 trillion [...]

How Young People Cope With Grief Differently To Adults

Flickr Images Thirteen years ago, one sunny day, police knocked on Antoine's door and told him he had lost his brother in a car accident. The driver of an oncoming truck had suffered a heart attack and crossed the median strip. There were no other vehicles on the road. It was a freak [...]

Young Australians Believe Mental Health Is One Of The Top Three Issues Facing The Country

Pixabay Images Young people have put the spotlight on mental health in a new survey, naming it as one of the top three issues facing Australia. Mission Australia's Youth Survey this year found concerns about mental health across the country have doubled since 2011. About 22,000 young people aged 15 to 19 took [...]

‘Selfie Culture’ Puts Young Women At Highest ‘Mental Health Risk’

Pixabay Images Soaring numbers of young women are suffering mental health problems and self-harm as a “selfie culture” heaps pressures on girls, new research suggests. More than one quarter of women aged between 16 and 24 are suffering from symptoms of common mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression, according to a [...]

It’s Never Been Easy Being A Teenager. But Is This Now A Generation In Crisis?

Image: Mark Mawson/Getty Mollycoddled and cosseted or stressed and over-pressured. Energised and engaged or bored and turned off. Young people have so many labels and stereotypes slapped on them it’s a wonder these are not visible on their endless selfies. What is undeniably true is that the evidence suggests that rates of depression, [...]

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