January e-News

person-847607_1280‘I don’t want to go to school’: Back to school butterflies make this week worst for kids with anxiety

The first week of school is the worst for young children who suffer from anxiety, according to child psychology specialists.

Dr Stephen Carbone, beyondblue’s Research and Policy Leader, said this is especially true of children with separation anxiety disorder, which describes excessive distress in children when leaving home or their parents.


portrait-842455_1920Disability scheme already looks like costly headache

The bipartisan goodwill behind the National Disability Insurance Scheme is souring after revelations of a billion dollar cost blowout during the trial period.

The problems could have been averted if the Gillard government had placed greater emphasis on governance and outcomes in its design. The NDIS promised innovation in the realm of social policy.


Kids’ Behaviour Problems Tied To Brain DifferencesimagesJEI2E5W9

Young people with behavioral problems, such as antisocial and aggressive behavior, show reduced grey matter volume in a number of areas of the brain, according to a new study.

Grey matter is involved in processing signals and information in the brain, and makes up nearly half of brain volume.


Solo households on the rise, and so is feeling lonely and less healthy 17073-an-african-american-woman-looking-out-a-window-or

New research from the Australian Institute of Family Studies shows that 26 per cent of people living alone reported feeling lonely often, compared to 16 per cent of people living with others.



Majority of students experience mental health issues, says NUS surveyphoto-1444204091080-d0e664341e6b

Eight out of 10 students (78%) say they experienced mental health issues in the last year, according to a survey by the National Union of Students (NUS). A third of the respondents (33%) also said they had had suicidal thoughts. Among those who did not identify as heterosexual, the figure was higher at 55%.


It’s Not Surprising LGBTQ Affected by Mental Health Issues — But the Reasons Are Inexcusable photo-1445282804813-123ac28fe498

After studying the reported sexual behavior, identity, and attraction of more than 33,000 adults, scientists discovered that 3 percent of men and 2.7 percent of women are not heterosexual. According to their research, which was published in the journal Psychological Science, nearly 30 percent of nonheterosexual men (including those who identify as gay, bisexual, and questioning) meet the diagnostic criteria for depression — double that of heterosexual men


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