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.
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.
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.
Amanda’s mother Carol Todd is coming to Iqaluit next month to tell you about her 15-year-old daughter. She’ll likely talk about mental illness, shame, bullying, parenting, social media and about what it’s like to lose someone you love in such a terrible way.
Todd, a teacher by trade with expertise in special needs, is among many presenters and keynote speakers who will participate in the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention’s annual conference Oct. 26 to Oct. 29 in Iqaluit.
If you want the teenager in your life to eat healthily, telling them it will be good for them in the long term is simply not going to work.
But appealing to their rebelliousness and sense of social justice could make them take notice of their diet, according to a US study that may offer a new approach to tackling obesity and other health problems in the young.
TIME cover story, “The Exercise Cure,” only 20% of Americans get the recommended 150 minutes of strength and cardiovascular physical activity per week, more than half of all baby boomers report doing no exercise whatsoever, and 80.2 million Americans over age 6 are entirely inactive.