Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley has launched a strong defence of Headspace despite a major review delivering a mixed report card on the program.
Facebook has offered national youth mental health organisation headspace free targeted advertising in an effort to combat youth suicide.
The initial messages will be directed at young Facebook users in 11 regional communities across Australia, including Redcliffe, Caboolture, Bileola and Gladstone in Queensland.
The posts direct them to one of the 95 headspace centres across the country or to eheadspace online and phone services if they’re experiencing significant distress.
A reference guide for families seeking help in addressing youth mental health issues in the Comox Valley and Campbell River areas has been updated and is now available.
The second edition of Orientation to Child, Youth & Family Mental Health And Substance Use Services is being distributed to doctors, schools and youth service providers throughout the respective communities. (The first edition of the guide was published in 2014.)
An editorial from the Tampa Bay Times
A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that young adolescents are now more likely to die from suicide than from a car crash. The revelation is a warning about the pervasive influence of social media in the lives of young people, whose smallest actions and decisions can be broadcast to an unforgiving and unlimited audience.
Suicide among young people remains rare, but the fact that it is on the rise is reason for alarm.
But a new system introduced at both hospitals as part of a joint strategic plan has cut their wait times to about four weeks.
At CHEO, the new system has been accompanied by a significant drop — nine per cent — in the number of young people going to the emergency department with a mental health crisis.
Research finds more studies are needed to understand why depression is increasing fastest among teenage girls, and more needs to be done to improve access to depression care for all young people.
Youth mental health services – who should be responsible?
Even in the best circumstances, with healthy kids, a great support network and high functioning parents, there are times when it can be very difficult.
When children are facing mental health challenges, the difficulties often expand exponentially.
One of the most challenging and frustrating parts of raising a child with a mental-health issue is simply navigating the available care, services and resources intended to help.
First, parents need timely and appropriate education about mental health symptoms and appropriate interventions.
Next, they need to know how and where to access these supports and how to incorporate them into their life for the sake of their child.
Supporting Minds: An Educator’s Guide to Promoting Students’ Mental Health and Well-being is designed to provide educators with information on the early signs of mental health and addiction problems, along with strategies that can be used in the classroom to support students (kindergarten to Grade 12).
As a demographic, students are facing these issues in increasing numbers. In a recent survey, one in four admitted to suffering from mental health issues, with depression and anxiety topping the list of the study by YouGov. But, do people actually understand what these words mean?
The image that society so often presents us with is of sad, lonely individuals; demonstrating the troubling stigma and misconceptions that still surround mental illnesses.
The fact is that students of all genders and backgrounds can be subject to mental health issues, but the sad truth of the matter is that there is a general reluctance to admit to it, more so than for any physical illness.