Helping young people cope with a family break up

A separation or divorce in the family is all too common now days with the divorce rate in Australia at almost 50%*. Many young people are placed in a situation where they need to learn new skills to cope with the changes. It can often bring out a mixture and extremes of emotions from sad [...]

Tips to help kids with depression at school

25% of adolescents experience depression Dr Jules Bemporad, of Harvard Medical School, describes childhood depression as: a painful state of having lost, or being unable to attain, something that is essential for maintaining a sense of wellbeing (such as the absence of a loved one, frustration of some aspiration or curtailment of some meaningful function [...]

Back to school: how to handle bullying

50% of Victorian school children experience bullying online or at school* The summer holidays are nearly over and many young people are starting to prepare for the new school year and a return to studies, but for some it also means facing the prospect of dealing with more bullying both in the school yard and [...]

The silent state of student suicides

The 2011 HSC results have just come out. For many it is the culmination of 2 years of hard work and a ticket to the university place of their dreams. For others it is a sore disappointment, with scores not high enough to win them that prized place. Kids with good resilience skills [...]

Youthbeyondblue talks: Tackling depression and anxiety in young people

Adolescence is a time of change and it can be hard to tell the difference between "normal" teenage behaviour, and depression and anxiety. One in six young people in Australia has an anxiety disorder and around one in 16 has depression, so the chances are we all know someone who has been affected by these [...]

youthbeyondblue talks: Tom's story

“My stress levels were blown way out of proportion compared to what was actually happening in my life.” beyondblue youth ambassador Tom Rust, aged 21. Tom Rust’s family knew something was wrong, but they attributed the dramatic change in his behaviour to the pressures of his last year at school. And by his own admission, [...]

Generation Next Seminars 2011: Mental Health Professional events

For Education, Health and Welfare Professionals. Generation Next is an exciting new initiative featuring a national seminar series and supporting resources aimed at protecting and enhancing the wellbeing of our children and teenagers. Dr Manocha has developed Generation Next in close consultation with leading experts to help address the rising tide of mental, social and [...]

Youthbeyondblue talks: Schoolies week and drinking

Don’t drink too much during schoolies celebrations With Schoolies celebrations fast approaching, it is important to know the facts and risks about drinking, depression and anxiety. For young people, drinking may seem like a good way to take their minds off things, particularly if they’re feeling depressed or anxious. But alcohol affects mental health as [...]

youthbeyondblue talks: Dealing with stress at exam time

With exams either underway or coming up, teenagers will be feeling the heat over the next few weeks. Many may become stressed, so it's a good idea to keep an eye on them and ensure that the stress doesn't lead to other problems, including depression. When we talk about being stressed, it usually means we [...]

Anxiety and Depression Awareness month: Video blogs

October is Anxiety and Depression Awareness month. To highlight the effect both depression and anxiety can have on young people’s lives beyondblue has created a series of fictional video blogs about young people experiencing depression and anxiety. They can be viewed on YouTube. The blogs were inspired by real stories posted on the Youthbeyondblue online [...]