Health Minister Sussan Ley defends Headspace despite mixed report card

Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley has launched a strong defence of Headspace despite a major review delivering a mixed report card on the program.

via Health Minister Sussan Ley defends Headspace despite mixed report card – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Facebook And Headspace Join Forces To Combat Youth Suicide

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.

via Facebook And Headspace Join Forces To Combat Youth Suicide | Q News

New youth mental health reference guide now available

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.)

via New youth mental health reference guide now available – News

As Others See It: Vigilance is needed to reduce suicides by children | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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.

via As Others See It: Vigilance is needed to reduce suicides by children | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

CHEO, The Royal make dramatic cut to wait times for youth mental health services | Ottawa Citizen

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.

via CHEO, The Royal make dramatic cut to wait times for youth mental health services | Ottawa Citizen

Investing in our children – States of Mind

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.

via Investing in our children – States of Mind – Castanet.net