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How to use 13 Reasons Why to start a conversation with your kids about suicide

By Daniel Quin,

how to use 13 reasons why to start a conversation with your kids about suicide

Self-harm has become an increasing issue amongst young Australians. The 2015 Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing Survey found that approximately one in ten young Australians had self-harmed at some point in their lives. Individuals often engage in self-harm for several reasons, with 57% using it to manage painful feelings, 25% to punish themselves, 6% to communicate with others...

Seven things you can do to help children become more mindful

Edited by Jill Wright,

 Mindfulness essentially is paying attention to one's life, here and now, with kindness and curiosity.  The practice of mindfulness can teach children how to pay attention and increase awareness of their bodies, minds, emotions and what is happening around them. This increasing awareness is important because it allows children a greater choice and control over how they respond to events,...

Seven tips for sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions

Edited by Jill Wright,

Did you make a New Year’s resolution last week? Are you full of determination to make that change stick, or are you already feeling your will-power is waning? If you really do want to make a fresh start or break an old behaviour pattern in 2016, Psychology Melbourne clinical psychologist Scott Barnett offers several tips to strengthen your resolve. The...

Six tips for happiness

Edited by Jill Wright,

A recent opinion piece in the New York Times has some valuable insights on happiness. The first is that taking the risk of chatting to strangers on public transport can bring unexpected joy. A 2004 study reported that commuting is associated with fewer positive emotions than any other activity, and most people believe that their fellow commuters wouldn't want to...

Some tips on re-booting your character

Edited by Jill Wright,

some tips on re-booting your character

I want to acknowledge right now that I have been carrying around an unconscious prejudice about technology professionals. I've always held them in awe for their expertise in a domain that frankly turns my brain to jelly, but I have somehow imagined that they have little interest or expertise in human psychology. I'd fitted them, you see, into a convenient...