Headspace using social media to combat youth suicide in Albury Wodonga

Headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, is partnering with Facebook to combat youth suicide. Facebook has provided Headspace with free targeted advertising, which is being used to promote mental health messages to 11 communities across Australia with high rates of youth suicide, including Albury Wodonga. The messages contain advice for young people on where and how to seek help in their region if they are experiencing significant distress. National …

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Do screens make psychotic adults?

Do your work responsibilities and recreational choices involve a lot of computer use? Are you in the habit of updating social media through the day? Are you finding it weirdly difficult to concentrate on this paragraph? If the answer to all three questions was in the affirmative, this might not be a coincidence. A number of studies from around the world this year have found a disturbing link between computer …

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Being bullied as a kid makes you twice as likely to be an overweight adult

We know that being called names in the playground takes an enormous toll on your mental health – but it can directly affect your waistline, too. New research from the King’s College, London has found that children who are bullied at school are almost twice as likely to be overweight by the time they hit the age of 18. You might assume that those who were bullied as kids were …

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What we post and like on Facebook reveals more than we think

What you post and “like” on Facebook could provide a window to understanding — and potentially treating — mental health issues, experts said today. The language people use, the emotions they convey and the topics they discuss can help medics spot disorders including depression and schizophrenia, The Sun reports. Researchers at the Cambridge and Stanford universities believe better analysing behaviours on the social network could help diagnose and support those …

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Suicide and social media: Youth mental health

Social media has much potential for raising community awareness about the problem of suicide due to the capacity for expression of emotion, care and support for those affected as well as a way of channelling and managing grief. However, it can also increase levels of distress or support negative sub-cultures that promote and support suicide, self-harm and pornography. Young people can be unwittingly preyed upon by those pedalling pornography on …

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