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.
Social Services Minister Scott Morrison has said that a job is a "prescription" for a young person with mental health issues. What does the research on employment and mental health show?
86% of university students severely affected by mental illness drop out, adding to their sense of worthlessness and failure.
New research suggests bullied children are more likely to report mental health problems compared to those who are maltreated.
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.
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.
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.