Mental health

Papers from Youth Studies Australia

Aggression management training for youth in behaviour schools

Youth Studies Australia, MARCH 2009

A 16-week, bi-weekly, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)-based aggression management training course was conducted with a limited sample of behavioural school students in New South Wales. Attendance, withdrawal and suspension rates over the training period were compared to those of a control period.

Complex solutions for complex needs

Youth Studies Australia, MARCH 2009

While the need for holistic health and social service responses is increasingly being articulated in Australia, the discussion is not always matched by improvements in service delivery.

Depression stigma in Australian high school students

Youth Studies Australia, JUNE 2011

This article identifies predictors of depression stigma in a group of Australian school students through a survey covering sociodemographic information, recognition of depression in a vignette, stigma towards a depressed peer, help-seeking intentions, information from teachers, and student mental health.

Evaluation of an online youth ambassador program to promote mental health

Youth Studies Australia, JUNE 2011

This article presents results of an evaluation of an online Youth Ambassador (YA) program designed to promote internet resources for mental health in an adolescent population. Results suggest that an online YA program delivered in school is useful in improving mental health awareness for workshop participants.

Gatekeeper training for youth workers

Youth Studies Australia, MARCH 2009

Adults who act as gatekeepers for young people may have the same barriers to help-seeking for mental health issues as young people. This study investigated the personal help-seeking practices of 47 Australian youth workers prior to and after a training workshop on youth mental health issues.

Happy to talk ..... to a point

Youth Studies Australia, DECEMBER 2008

This study focuses upon the social experiences of bereaved young men, with particular emphasis on the social costs of bereavement-related personal disclosure. 

Pilot filmmaking project

Youth Studies Australia, SEPTEMBER 2010

Six young people from the Grampians region of Victoria who had serious mental illnesses took part in a creative arts project that taught them filmmaking skills and techniques over a five-week period.

Rethinking the digital divide

Youth Studies Australia, DECEMBER 2008

This paper presents findings from a study which investigated young people's ICT use and the capacity of service providers to utilise these technologies in their practice.

Stress literacy in Australian adolescents

Youth Studies Australia, DECEMBER 2009

Stress literacy is a term that refers to knowledge about stress and stress management techniques. Levels of stress literacy were examined in more than nine hundred Australian adolescents by providing a short stress-management education session and assessing stress literacy using a pre–post survey design.

The PATS peer support program

Youth Studies Australia, MARCH 2008

PATS (Paying Attention to Self) is a peer support program for adolescent children of parents with a diagnosed mental illness. The program aims to promote positive mental health, reduce the likelihood of mental health difficulties, increase young people's coping skills and empower them to meet their own and their families' needs.

Young people's experiences of mental health care

Youth Studies Australia, MARCH 2009

Fifteen in-depth interviews were conducted to explore young people's experiences of mental health care in Australia with the aim of informing the headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation.

‘There’s nothing the *@#! wrong with me’

Youth Studies Australia, MARCH 2012

Youth mental health and substance use in rural and remote Australia and the potential role of school-based interventions

by Judith Crockett

At least 20% of young people aged between 14 and 25 years who live in inland Australia experience a mental health or substance use problem at any given point in time. Many of these young people experience significant geographic, economic and sociocultural barriers to obtaining youth-friendly health advice and care, particularly in relation to key issues of mental health and drug and alcohol use. Only a small percentage ever receives care from health professionals. The use of schools to provide mental health and substance use education and care is explored as a possible means of overcoming these barriers and better addressing the needs of youth in rural and remote locations.

Evaluation report of the Youth Justice Liaison and Diversion Pilot Scheme

This report from the UK looks at the provision of healthcare within the youth justice system, and the results of a pilot program to identify and meet a range of health and developmental issues. Original article

22 Mar 2012

Telstra will stop billing young people up to $100 to use Kids Helpline

A spokesman from Telstra told The Sunday Telegraph the company would stop the charges to the 1800 number from mobile phones. The cost would be covered by Telstra's $250 million support fund for underprivileged customers. Original article

22 Mar 2012

LIFE newsletter

The recent issue of the LIFE (Living Is For Everyone) newsletter features commentary from Chris Tanti, CEO of headspace, on 'Young people, the internet and suicide risk'.  Original article

22 Mar 2012

Youth Week 2012 calendar of events

The Youth Week website has an events calendar listing events that have been planned so far for this year's Youth Week. Events can be added and the calendar sorted by location.  Original article

22 Mar 2012

Young leaders pave the way for constitutional change

You Me Unity reports on a forum organised by the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) in Redfern and supported by Reconciliation Australia that brought together 76 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for four days, representing all Australian states and territories. Original article

21 Mar 2012

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