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Adolescents are at a significantly higher risk of attempting suicide after hearing about the suicide of a friend. 'Sunset' via www.shutterstock.com

To talk or not to talk? The dilemma of suicide contagion

Learning about a friend's suicide attempt appears to transform the distant idea of suicide into something very real.
Mental health problems are common in young people but very few seek professional help. Alain Wibert/Flickr

Is ‘headspace’ really improving young people’s mental health?

The number of youth mental health centres known as headspace has rapidly expanded in the last decade. But we have yet to see evaluation of whether the services improve young people’s mental health.
Adolescents are losing up to an hour of sleep a night more then they did ten years ago. Ed Yourdon/Flickr

Delay school start times to help young people catch up on sleep

Adolescents are getting less sleep even though they're at a stage in life when they may need it most. Why not delay school starting times so they can catch up on some shuteye?

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