Planning is important for any teen on their way to college – but for those with disabilities, it’s absolutely imperative.
Numerous measures are in place to help young disabled children thrive, but the transition beyond school can be a difficult one. Here are some tips for families to help their children prepare for life beyond.
Interspecies relationships can help traumatised animals form healthy attachments.
Sugarshine animal sactuary
Animals have complex experiences of trauma. Treating them is very similar to dealing with humans, requiring compassion, calm and common sense.
Don’t worry, research can help.
You can make a start by doing things badly...
Social media allow us to feel closer to tragedies on the other side of the world.
We know negative news has an impact on our mental health, especially if we are constantly being exposed to it. Twitter is trying to help young people cope with the stress, which is a good start.
In ‘Big Huggin,’ players control the action by giving affection to a teddy bear controller.
Game by Lindsay Grace; Photo by Stacey Stormes
Readers read, viewers watch and players do. That level of engagement gives games real power to influence people both within and outside the play itself.
What can parents do to help their children manage the political climate?
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With emotionally charged rhetoric from both sides of the aisle and many parents in a heightened state of distress, children are more vulnerable than ever to anxiety. What can parents do?
Treating sleep problems first will help in treating anxiety and depression.
Sleep problems can lead to anxiety and depression, and vice versa. General improvements to sleep might be beneficial, whether a person has anxiety, depression, or both.
Women are hardest hit.
The reasons are complex and varied.
Diet reduces risk of depression through actions on bacteria in the gut, the immune system and the brain.
A world-first trial showed depression is reduced after just three months following a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, wholegrains, legumes, fish, lean red meats, olive oil and nuts.
And if you don't, there's still time to change.
There is typically no fever, no broken bone, no lesion to examine under a microscope when evaluating mental illness. Diagnosing disorders therefore is hard. A new way to classify disorders could help.
A farmer might be more likely to chat to her hairdresser about the tough time she’s having than seeking professional help.
Professionals in rural and regional Australia such as hairdressers, accountants and bank managers often play the role of counsellors too.
The belief that all women feel nervous during pregnancy may mean women don’t seek help when it’s more serious.
Depression and anxiety during pregnancy are only recently gaining attention. But seeking help early can make a big difference for expecting mothers – and for their children and families.
Illness anxiety disorder is a serious mental health condition. But it can be treated.
When does a healthy concern about your health tip over into illness anxiety?
You may have let loose for the silly season, but there are some good reasons to cut back in the new year.
Many of us don’t treat alcohol with the respect the drug demands.
Making New Year resolutions?
Research shows that kindness towards oneself, or self compassion, could improve motivation.
Bathing in the Dead Sea has long been used to treat psoriasis.
Seawater has been used to treat skin problems, sinuses and mental health issues for centuries. And the evidence largely stacks up.
Around half of young people are heavy social media users, with one in four teen users constantly connected.
How you use social media can provide warning signs of depression or anxiety.
Time is ticking on the nation’s mental health.
Because educating young people about mental health and well-being is no simple task
Social anxiety is considered a disorder when people have an excessive fear of negative evaluation or judgement triggered by social or performance situations.
Exposure therapy, where people face their feared social situations, is one treatment that can be used to treat social anxiety. So how does it work?