The Productivity Commission has highlighted the growing burden of mental illness in Australia. But to really change things, its final recommendations should have a sharper focus on prevention.
Stress is actually our body getting us ready to take on a challenge. A stress response can increase oxygen to the brain and improve attention, focus, energy and determination.
More than 800 students completed a questionnaire about peer aggression. Nearly 50% said they had been harmed by a peer ,while around 30% said harmful experiences were just "banter".
In a recent report, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child was highly critical of the Australian government for its youth justice failures and the rise of children with mental health issues.
A study has found children between the ages of 8 and 14 who take care of a family member with a drug addiction or mental illness aren't very happy at, and don't feel all that safe, at school.
Researchers examined how youth on three continents think about digital technology today and conducted an experiment to learn what youth said after living without their phones for a week.
Children are still being held in police cells and juvenile detention for low-range offences, under alarming conditions. Here's how their mental health and future prospects suffer.
A doctor explains how he introduces mindfulness to self-harming youth in the emergency room.
Although a US study found a spike in teen suicides after 13 Reasons Why first aired on Netflix, rates of suicide are generally on the rise. The last thing we should do is shy away from the show.
Research indicates exercise is effective for improving mood and preventing the development of depression in young people.
Schools minister Nick Gibb seems to think young people should face more frequent testing, to prepare for GCSEs. His comments fly in the face of 20 years' research.
It's widely accepted that young people living in children's homes or foster care are vulnerable to mental illness, but new research shows that social media can actually help.
Yoga and mindfulness programs in schools have been proven to mitigate or reduce some of the negative impacts of stress on academic achievement and future outcomes.
A national survey has shown Australian school students with a mental disorder can be almost three years behind in their studies by the time they sit their final NAPLAN test in year nine.
If a child is old enough to ask about suicide, then they're probably old enough for a discussion about it.
Youth suicide has reached a ten year high, but suicide and self-harm are still taboo topics in schools.
Same-sex attracted people have poorer mental health than their heterosexual peers, but In jurisdictions that have legalised same-sex marriage, the gap between the two is much smaller.
All the awareness campaigns have had little effect on the 'garden variety' mental illness that’s causing most of the disability and death.
Going into care is traumatic for children – early intervention can help their 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.