Mental disorders affected one in seven students and were associated with being less connected and engaged at school, having lower attendance rates, and poorer academic outcomes than their peers.
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.
It’s hard for parents to know whether, or how, they should address suicide with their children.
If a child is old enough to ask about suicide, then they're probably old enough for a discussion about it.
As a community we need proactive, positive strategies to reduce youth self-harm and suicide.
Youth suicide has reached a ten year high, but suicide and self-harm are still taboo topics in schools.
In Australia, same-sex attracted young people are six times more likely to have suicidal thoughts than their heterosexual peers.
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.
In a country consistently rated as one of the world’s most liveable, we’ve somehow developed a deadly disregard toward our own welfare.
All the awareness campaigns have had little effect on the 'garden variety' mental illness that’s causing most of the disability and death.
Left scarred by going into care.
Going into care is traumatic for children – early intervention can help their mental health.
Mental health problems are common in young people but very few seek professional help.
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.
Scott Morrison’s comments may have sparked ire in some corners, but there’s good research supporting his statement.
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Mental illness affects one in four young people.
86% of university students severely affected by mental illness drop out, adding to their sense of worthlessness and failure.
Childhood bullying is linked to social anxiety disorder, depression and body dysmorphic disorder.
New research suggests bullied children are more likely to report mental health problems compared to those who are maltreated.
The current level of mental health services funding mean we are already failing people who need help.
A proposal to re-direct a billion dollars of funding from acute hospital mental health services to the community risks causing a major destabilisation of the public mental health system.
Young people take a keen interest in key policy areas such as climate change – the main problem is a lack of government engagement with them on such intergenerational issues.
Lack of youth involvement in politics is often attributed to lack of interest. But my research indicates the bigger barrier is government capacity to listen to and work with young people’s views.
Narcissism is a key trait in the subset of ‘dramatic, emotional and erratic’ personality disorders.
Personality disorders have been richly illustrated by filmmakers. Think of attention-seeking Scarlett in Gone with the Wind. Or the villains in Silence of the Lambs and The Talented Mr. Ripley.
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