Media screens’ ‘detrimental effect’ on children’s sleep – BBC News

Research at Cardiff University found 72% of children have at least one portable media device in their sleep environment.
Such devices are said to impact on the duration and quality of sleep, which can lead to health problems.
Dr Ben Carter from the university’s School of Medicine said sleep was important for development.
He said their study was the first to consolidate results across existing research and provides “further proof of the detrimental effect” media devices can have on children’s sleep.

via Media screens’ ‘detrimental effect’ on children’s sleep – BBC News

Stenberg Speaks Out – Healthcare & Nursing College


Did you know that 16% of teens have seriously considered suicide?

In addition to the public service ads that Stenberg is running in local newspapers for the month of October, we are supporting the Amanda Todd Legacy Society ( and promoting the Light Up the World in Purple Awareness campaign (

To view or download our ad – CLICK HERE

Light Up the World in Purple Event

Carol Todd, mother of Amanda Todd, will be speaking at Stenberg’s Surrey campus and sharing her story and insight into cyber bullying, depression and the creation of the Amanda Todd Legacy society and light Up the World Purple campaign.

For the month of October, we are encouraging the Stenberg community to wear their “Light up the World Purple” bracelet in support of the Amanda Todd Legacy society and show you care about this worldwide initiative. Wear something purple, open the discussion about what mental health is and talk about wellness strategies.
Share on social media and be sure to include the hashtag #StenbergSpeaksOut. Help us bring attention and a voice to this important issue.

Speak Up. Reach Out.

Amanda Todd Legacy Society    LightUpPurple


Amanda Todd Legacy / 1-800-SUICIDE / 1-800-784-2433 / 1-800-668-6868

via Stenberg Speaks Out – Healthcare & Nursing College

TELUS Wise | Light Up Purple – Blog post by Carol Todd

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“As part of our commitment to keep families safe through TELUS WISE , we’ve partnered with Carol Todd and the Amanda Todd Legacy Society.  We believe in Carol Todd’s initiative and want to support her by sharing her story.”  Shelly Smith, Director TELUS WISE.

As Amanda’s mom, thinking about how she struggled with the ongoing cyberbullying and her personal mental health challenges brings to light about why it is so important, to not only share her story, but to talk about the reasons why it is so important to increase awareness about mental health.

via TELUS Wise | Light Up Purple

Prince William, Harry and Kate Middleton mark World Mental Health day with London Eye visit


William, Kate and Harry will speak at a Heads Together event on the Southbank next Monday.

This year’s theme for World Mental Health Day focuses on the importance of psychological and mental health first aid for all.

… Later in the day, the Eye will turn purple in support of World Mental Health Day.

The global Light Up Purple drive was set up in memory of Canadian teenager Amanda Todd, who killed herself in 2012.

The 15-year-old brought the problem of cyber bullying to mainstream attention after she posted a video on YouTube in which she told her story with handwritten signs.

via Prince William, Harry and Kate Middleton mark World Mental Health day with London Eye visi | Royal | News | Daily Express

Is Social Media Popularizing Suicide? | The Maddie Project


Many of you know our family’s story by now. Our daughter Maddie tragically took her own life at the tender age of fourteen and forever changed the lives of our family and friends. Sadly, this is not a unique story. Maddie’s Mom, our boys and friends have made it a personal mission to tell our story, bring greater awareness to youth mental illness and help create better access for those families currently affected by this troubling disease.

With all this attention being paid to this illness, largely promoted through the likes of social media, are we fuelling the fire and putting the idea of suicide in our youths’ heads?

via Is Social Media Popularizing Suicide? | The Maddie Project

Boys should be taught that crying is normal

The World Suicide Prevention day 2016 was celebrated last week across the globe under the theme: ‘Connect, Communicate and Care’.
In our backyard, increasing cases of suicide are being reported in the media. It is not surprising that the major suspects in these cases are young men. Globally, it is estimated that the ratio of male to female suicide cases stands at 3:1. In fact, a meta-analysis of coping studies concluded that men were less likely than women to use every single coping skill included.

via Boys should be taught that crying is normal

Young women with sexy social media photos seen as less competent

Girls and young women who post sexy or revealing photos on social media sites such as Facebook are viewed by their female peers as less physically and socially attractive and less competent to perform tasks, a new study from Oregon State University indicates.

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via Young women with sexy social media photos seen as less competent

MPs hear from mothers of Rehtaeh Parsons and Amanda Todd

The House of Commons Standing committee on the Status of Women heard emotional testimony from the mothers of cyberbullying victims Amanda Todd and Rehtaeh Parsons Monday evening as it continues to study violence against young women and girls in Canada.

The two women recounted the personal toll of their daughters’ ordeals as the targets of cyberbulling, which makes old-fashioned playground bullying look like child’s play.

via MPs hear from mothers of Rehtaeh Parsons and Amanda Todd

This school replaced detention with meditation. The results are stunning.

Imagine you’re working at a school and one of the kids is starting to act up. What do you do?

Traditionally, the answer would be to give the unruly kid detention or suspension.

But in my memory, detention tended to involve staring at walls, bored out of my mind, trying to either surreptitiously talk to the kids around me without getting caught or trying to read a book. If it was designed to make me think about my actions, it didn’t really work. It just made everything feel stupid and unfair.

via This school replaced detention with meditation. The results are stunning.