Mental Health

When did you last take a selfie? Last night? This morning? The ‘Selfie’ has become one of the most popular ways to communicate with others. Whether it’s a travel selfie, creative selfie or just a selfie of you on the couch to your friends, they...

Students have returned to school, for many a return marked by disruption to classes due to Omicron. For many more, the usual anxiety associated with returning to school has been exacerbated by anxiety around Omicron. We are not designed to live in states of prolonged anxiety....

Does cannabis cause mental health issues?This is a question often hotly debated.  People who frown on cannabis use cite examples of poorer mental health outcomes among people they know who use cannabis as evidence for why it should be banned.  People who use cannabis and...

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation has recently released research into harm reduction and illicit drug use amongst young people. It makes for thought-provoking reading.  Compared to other age groups, young adults in the 18 – 24 age range are most likely to have used illicit drugs...

Bullying continues to have serious and disastrous consequence in the lives of our young people.  The West Australian on 25 June ran an article Grieving mums want changes to spare other the pain – calls for reform to end the curse of teen suicide. The article...

Introduction: Young Writers SpaceIt is great to introduce Haydn to readers. Haydn is a young person, who is an aspiring writer, and we are privileged to have him writing and sharing some of his experiences for other young people.Haydn has studied commerce at UWA, majoring in...

A recent article in the ABC was on the practice of editing pictures of ourselves before posting on social media[1].  The rise of body editing apps makes this infinitely easier and when combined with photo filters, the result is …. well, a photo of me...

International studies estimate that 62- 68% of young people will have been exposed to at least 1 traumatic event by the time they are 17[1]. Traumatic experiences range from single events that involve exposure to actual or threatened death or serious injury such as car accidents...

Another week.  Lives cut short, the innocence of children crucified, families torn by grief as parents prepare for the funerals of their daughters and grandchildren and media outlets decry the failure of systems that failed to protect families against the scourge of domestic violence. Fingers are pointed...

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