Have your say in the first ever multicultural youth census

Did you know multicultural young people make up at least one-quarter of all Australian youth? And yet very little is known about their needs. MYAN NSW, Melbourne University and our partners across the country are conducting the first ever multicultural youth census to give multicultural young people a voice. The census aims to find out more about Australia’s multicultural young people, what they value and their vision for the future. Click here for more information.

Are Smartphones The New Weapon Against Anxiety?

New research has revealed that apps installed on smartphones can be used to significantly reduce anxiety.

Published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, the study is the first ever meta-analysis of all published evidence on the effect of smartphone-based therapies on anxiety in 1,837 people. The research is a collaboration between The University of Manchester, Black Dog Institute, Harvard University and Western Sydney University.

It showed that overall, smartphone interventions reduced anxiety significantly more than control conditions suggesting new digital therapies could be useful for managing the condition.

Making A Difference To Student Wellbeing In Schools

Schools are not just places where students acquire academic skills, they also help students become more resilient in the face of adversity, feel more connected with the people around them, and aim higher in their aspirations for their future.

Not least, schools are the first place where children experience society in all its facets and their experiences can have a profound influence on their attitudes and behaviour in life.

PISA (the Programme for International Student Assessment) is best known for its data on learning outcomes, but it also studies students satisfaction with life, their relationships with peers, teachers and parents and how they spend their time outside of school.

The results show that students differ greatly, both between and within countries, in how satisfied they are with their lives, their motivation to achieve, how anxious they feel about their schoolwork, their expectations for the future, and their perceptions of being bullied at school or treated unfairly by their teachers.

Read the full article here

Childhood Bullying Linked To Health Risks In Adulthood

Childhood bullying may lead to long-lasting health consequences, impacting psychosocial risk factors for cardiovascular health well into adulthood, according to a study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The unique study tracked a diverse group of over 300 American men from first grade through their early thirties and the findings indicate that being a victim of bullying and being a bully were both linked to negative outcomes in adulthood.

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How To Talk To Someone Close To You Who Is Gambling

Partners, family members and friends often ring the Gambling Helpline (1800 858 858) wanting advice about how to talk to their loved ones about their gambling. Many times they want to talk about how to begin the conversation.

Other times the family member or significant other admits gambling has been an ongoing discussion topic that, from the callers point of view, goes nowhere.

This article discusses different strategies in opening up discussion with someone about gambling. Click here to access the full article.

New Tools to Address Childhood Obesity

A new website in the fight to control Childhood Obesity has been launched. The Healthy Kids for Professionals website assists health professionals to assess, advise, assist and arrange for treatment and care of those at risk of or experiencing obesity and related concerns. Communication tools, videos, online learning modules and assessment tools are all components of the new site which provides a large array of information for health professionals.

 

To access the site go to https://pro.healthykids.nsw.gov.au/

 

Upcoming Events

International Mental Health Conference

The 2017 International Mental Health Conference has been confirmed for 21 Р23 August 2017, at the Conference Centre at Sea World Resort, Gold Coast, QLD. Mark your calendar today with these dates and be apart of this important event.

Drug and Alcohol First Aid

Lyndon with the support of Hunter New England and Central Coast PHN, will deliver free drug and alcohol training workshops in the Hunter, New England, and Central Coast regions from September to November 2017.

Drug and Alcohol First Aid is a tailored 1 day workshop that delivers up-to-date, essential, evidence based information about drug & alcohol misuse, effects and treatment options. The workshop is suitable for community organisations, service providers, and community members. Follow the link for locations and dates.

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Cessnock Youth Interagency Meetings

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Cessnock Youth Interagency (CYI) is a network open to all Youth Services and Youth related organisations across the Cessnock Local Government and the Hunter Region. The network also welcomes young people!

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