Talking to children about ‘stranger danger’ – without instilling fear

Also published on iVillage. In light of heartbreaking and very public news of recent murders and kidnappings (such as Jill Meagher and more recently, the escape of the 3 kidnapped girls in the US), it is more than likely that many children will be exposed to communal outpourings of shock, grief and fear. This may occur through snippets of adult conversation, passing by a news agency, listening to the car radio or via television news. Fear reactions to media are quite common for young Read more [...]

R U OK? Suicide Prevention – Supporting Youth

If youth depression is left unmanaged, this can lead to the long-term effects of; teens dropping out of school or stopping their jobs. This could further affect their social lives and career options. Untreated depression can also lead to suicidal behaviour. However, the good news is that teen depression can be treated! Read more [...]

High school exams – reducing the stress at home

This period in a teenagers life is often a time of distraction anyway, with developing interest in relationships, learning to drive and thinking about future career possibilities. In the final year of school students may be planning a GAP year or a move to another city and even develop a sense of loss at friends all going their separate ways. Read more [...]

Supporting Teens with Depression

Depression is the most common mental health problem for young people. However, as we look at the current statistics of teen depression, regardless of how disturbing, they help us to recognise that it is a problem shared by many and has resulted in a growing resource of help and support. Read more [...]

Christmas & Supporting Families with Autism

BUT for Annie it is not normal, she has very strong memories of the last 3 years Christmas celebrations on Boxing Day and is really distressed that we are changing it. Lengthy discussions about family history, photos of previous happy Christmas Eve celebrations are doing nothing to change her mind. Read more [...]