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School counselors like Jacquelyn Indrisano, left, can help students feel welcome and safe at school. Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

School mental health resources critical to ensuring safe school environments

School violence prevention requires professionals – counselors, psychologists and social workers – who know how to create an emotionally safe environment. Those staffers are in very short supply.
Nearly 1 in 5 young people worldwide intentionally injure themselves every year. xijian/E! via Getty Images

Why do teens engage in self-harm? Clinical psychologists explain how to help teens reduce their emotional distress

New research shows that many young people report a sense of temporary relief following episodes of self-harm. But there are clear ways to help teens replace injurious behaviors with healthy ones.
Many students’ lives have changed as they return to school, even those not directly affected by the fires. JAMES GOURLEY/AAP

A familiar place among the chaos: how schools can help students cope after the bushfires

Some students are grieving the loss of their homes or loved ones. Even those not directly affected by fires may be distressed by stories they’ve heard or images they’ve seen. How can schools help?
From early childhood to secondary school, your child’s negative friendships could impact their sense of self worth. from shutterstock.com

From childcare to high school – what to do if you don’t like your kid’s friend

If you suspect your child – whether they are in early childhood education and care, primary or secondary school – has a questionable friend, here are some tips on how to deal with it.
Girls reported less resilience in our study than boys. Caitlin Venerussi/Unsplash

Teens with at least one close friend can better cope with stress than those without

Resilience is the ability to bounce back from stressful life events. Teenagers with at least one close friend and strong family relationships are more resilient than teens without such relationships.

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