Gender Diversity in Children: Where Are We?

A visible shift has occurred regarding support for children expressing diversity in gender identity and expression. Some parents are recognising gender diversity as young as age 2 (i.e. that their child’s assigned gender does not match the child’s reality) and are seeking support to raise a healthy and happy child. Research now tells us that the prevalence of gender diversity is around one percent and schools are now recognising the …

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13 Signs of Potential Mental Illness in a Child

Most parents have an instantaneous desire to protect their children. We tend to our children’s needs: If an unexplained rash appears, we see the doctor. If a fever spikes, we see the doctor. If a bone seems injured, we see the doctor. Visible wounds are relatively easy to recognize. It’s different when a child begins having problems at school or with friends, or if he or she becomes uncooperative and has inexplicable outbursts. Such …

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Support and Education for ADHD and LD Children in Japan

The 2017 Conference will be held at the Conference Centre, Sea World Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland from Monday 21 August – Wednesday 23 August 2017. Mika Nishiyama, Associate Professor for Hiroshima Bunkyo Women’s University joins us this year to discuss “Support and education for ADHD and LD children in Japan”. A government survey in 2012 showed that 6.5% of elementary and secondary schools students were found to have significant learning or …

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The Reality of Preschool Anxiety Disorders

Most people think that younger children can’t have anxiety. They think that because children do not have much of a life experience, what do they have to be anxious about? The truth is very different. Almost 20% of pre-schoolers (aged 3 to 4) have an anxiety condition. Anxiety can be linked with depression and problems with behaviour and sleeping. Due to this, it is important to treat the condition as early as possible. …

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Do parents need lessons for children’s mental health?

Parents should have lessons provided by the government on how to raise their children, Britain’s leading public health expert has said as reported by the BBC. Professor John Ashton, outgoing president of the Faculty of Public Health (FPH), said children were neglected by some schools and parents. He said the state should help stop children being crippled by conditions such as anxiety, anorexia and obesity. The FPH has released a …

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It’s time we talked to our kids about suicide

Daily Mercury DON’T let our kids’ calls go unanswered. The Daily Mercury in conjunction with Grapevine Group has launched a petition to Mackay’s principals urging them to get the suicide prevention program SafeTALK into their schools. With suicide rates in Mackay higher than the national average, our kids are hurting and it’s time we tackled the issue directly. Queensland education minister Kate Jones pointed out SafeTALK as a potential way …

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Dr Katherine Dix from Principals Australia Institute to present at 16th International Mental Health Conference

Dr Katherine Dix from Principals Australia Institute will present at the 16th International Mental Health Conference at QT Hotel, Gold Coast 12-14 August 2015. Dr  Dix is currently a Senior Research Officer at Principals Australia Institute, having recently finished her role as Project Manager and Chief Statistical Analyst at Flinders University, for the national evaluations of KidsMatter Primary and KidsMatter Early Childhood. Dr Dix has lectured in the School of Education …

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16th International Mental Health Conference Program has been released

The 16th International Mental Health Conference will bring together leading clinical practitioners, academics, service providers and mental health experts to deliberate and discuss Mental Health issues confronting Australia and New Zealand Thursday 13 August to Friday 14 August 2015 on the Gold Coast. The 2015 Program includes over 70 speakers, 50 poster presentations and interactive workshops. This dynamic and topical program will discuss a vast range of subjects including; workplace health, …

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Kids Helpline: Increase in children needing urgent mental health advice

Bridget Brennan reported this story on Monday, April 20, 2015 12:56:00 on ABC News’ The World Today Now to the 24-hour youth help service that’s reporting a huge spike in the use of its emergency services. Kids Helpline says its counsellors are now making more than twice as many emergency interventions as they were two years ago. BRIDGET BRENNAN: The National Mental Health Commission says 600,000 Australian children between the …

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What about the mental health of kids with intellectual disability?

By Richard Hastings, University of Warwick; Bruce Tonge, Monash University; Glenn Melvin, Monash University; Kylie Gray, Monash University, and Vaso Totsika, University of Warwick High-quality epidemiological research shows children and adolescents with intellectual disability are four times more likely to have diagnosable mental health problems compared to others their age. This mental health inequality clearly needs attention. Part of the problem is a process called diagnostic overshadowing: symptoms are incorrectly …

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