A call to action-to all Love Bites Communities

Since 2006, NAPCAN’s partnership with community agencies have spearheaded the development and delivery of respectful relationship education in Australia through our Love Bites program.

Our shared belief that an integrated, community led approach to bring about generational change in attitudes and behaviours to prevent relationship violence has seen Love Bites scale like no other program of its kind.

What we know is while some communities have managed to develop an embedded sustainable approach, others struggle with uptake and funding issues. Barriers to implementation range from cultural issues with schools, sustainable funding in local communities and movement of skilled workforces.

Four Personality Traits That Predict Teen Drug And Alcohol Problems

Higher than average levels of impulsiveness, sensitivity to anxiety, sensation seeking and hopelessness. These four personality traits have been shown by researchers to predict those teenagers at high risk of becoming binge drinkers with 90 percent accuracy.

In the first Australian trial, a program targeting 438 year 8 students with one of these traits successfully halved the onset of drinking and the incidence of binge drinking for up to three years following the intervention.

The preventive program was designed by Professor Patricia Conrod from the University of Montreal more than 10 years ago to modify a teenager’s behaviour and thinking. It has now been tested on thousands of teenagers around the world-including in the Czech republic, Canada, Britain and Australia-with similar results. Click here to read the full article.

Teenagers Who Are Both Bully And Victim Are More Likely To Have Suicidal Thoughts

Most research into teen bullying tends to focus only on the victim. This means we know little about how the bully is affected. A new Australian study shows that teenagers who have been both a victim and a bully are at greatest risk of mental health problems, including self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

When it comes to bullying, there is a common misconception that adolescents neatly fall into a category of bully, victim, or not involved. But this is not the case.

In fact, three-quarters of the adolescents who reported that they had bullied others were also victims of bullying.

To read more, click here.

Facebook And Twitter ‘Harm Young People’s Mental Health’

Four of the five most popular forms of social media harm young people’s mental health, with Instagram the most damaging, according to research by two health organisations.

Instagram has the most negative impact on young people’s mental wellbeing, a survey of almost 1,500 14- to 24-year-olds found, and the health groups accused it of deepening young people’s feelings of inadequacy and anxiety.

The survey, published on Friday, concluded that Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter are also harmful. Among the five only YouTube was judged to have a positive impact.

To read more, click here.

Participatory Design: Young & Well Cooperative research Centre

The Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre works in partnership with young people, professionals, scholars, parents and community to address the complex challenge of young people’s mental health difficulties. Collaboration and drawing on the perspectives, insights and expertise of a range of stakeholders are at the centre of our approach. Of particular importance is the involvement of young people across the organisation and research projects- keeping their needs, experiences and knowledge at the centre of our activities. This collaborative and engaged research initiative takes a holistic approach to youth mental health and wellbeing. It aims to bring about new knowledge for the development of interventions that are effective, relevant and appealing, and which shape institutions and communities that foster safe, healthy and resilient young people. Click here to read the resource.

Mission Australia’s Youth Survey 2017

Are you 15 to 19 years old? Here’s your chance to talk to Australia. Share your thoughts, concerns and dreams in Mission Australia’s annual nationwide poll of young people. Results from the youth survey widely reported in national, state and local media-often sparking debate online, in government, in major NGO’s and more locally in schools and your community. The survey takes only 15 minutes to complete!

If you live in Newcastle, use this unique code 23310, so they can find out what is important to Newcastle’s young people.

The survey closes Monday July 31. Click here to take the survey