Exploring healthy and unhealthy uses of music by teenagers in recovery

The strength of the relationship between adolescents and their music is well understood. However diverse perspectives exist regarding whether music is a valuable resource or a dangerous priming agent for vulnerable young people. Empirical investigations provide evidence for both possibilities, with researchers typically employing methodologies that are likely to confirm their own assumptions. Correlations have been used to good effect, with an undeniable association being found between ‘problem’ music and …

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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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Engaging and managing angry young men with psychosis

Engagement with antisocial clients presents considerable difficulty, particularly when the impact of brain injuries exacerbates premorbid personality traits. Prof Warrick Brewer of the University of Melbourne Centre for Youth Mental Health, VIC, Australia and A/Prof Brendan Murphy of the Maroondah Hospital will be presenting on this subject at the 14th International Mental Health Conference be held at Outrigger, Surfers Paradise on Monday the 5th and Tuesday the 6th of August 2013. Prof …

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