Mental health

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Youth'12 overview: The health and wellbeing of New Zealand secondary school students in 2012

Research and reports
Teacher
Parent
International
adolescence
families
health education
health literacy
mental health
parenting
research and reports

This report presents an overview of findings from Youth’12, the third national health and wellbeing survey of secondary school students in New Zealand. The information presented in this report was provided by 8,500 students who took part in the survey. The report also includes findings from the 2001 and 2007 national surveys to identify trends over time.

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What bothers Australian kids online? Children comment on bullies, porn and violence

Research and reports
Teacher
Parent
Australia
adolescence
consent
media literacy
mental health
online
pornography
research and reports

A report on what Australian children from age 9 to 16 say about troubling content online. Children are exposed to cyberbully, pornographic content and violence from a young age. This study was modelled on a similar report that was done across 25 European counties in 2013.

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WA Health Working with Youth: A legal resource for community-based professionals

Guidelines
Research and reports
Teacher
Western Australia
health education
law
mental health

This resource contains information for health professionals working with young people, but it also useful to teachers and schools. It provides detailed legal and policy frameworks in relation to various issues including duty of care, consent, confidentiality, sexual health, mental health, drugs and online safety. It also includes case studies.

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Trans Pathways summary report (2017)

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Teacher
Parent
Australia
adolescence
gender diversity
LGBTI
mental health

The mental health experiences and care pathways of trans young people in Australia. Summary report of survey findings.

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Things that make you feel good, things that make you feel bad

Books
Lower primary
Teacher
Parent
International
emotional literacy
mental health

Topics: emotional literacy, feelings.


Fiction/Non-fiction


An illustrated account with brief text of twelve things that make children feel good, like bubble baths and bedtime stories, and twelve things that don’t feel so good, like chicken pox and mosquito bites.


Ages: 2+.

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The effects of pornography on children and young people: An evidence scan

Research and reports
Teacher
Parent
Australia
adolescence
body image
consent
health education
media literacy
mental health
online
pornography
sexualisation

In 2016, the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) was engaged by the Department of Social Services to review what the available research evidence tells us about the impact exposure to and consumption of online pornography has on children and young people.

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The Brave Program

Programs
Websites
Lower primary
Upper primary
Lower secondary
Middle secondary
Upper secondary
Teacher
Parent
Australia
adolescence
emotional literacy
help seeking
mental health

A free online self-help program for children, teenagers and parents to help young people with anxiety overcome their worries and improve their quality of lives. Developed by a team of researchers with over 17 years of experience in the field of child anxiety.

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Taking care of your body during puberty video

Videos
Upper primary
Lower secondary
International
bodies
body image
emotional literacy
mental health
puberty

2min 45sec video by AMAZE showing ways to take care of your body during puberty.

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Surge in teens seeking cyberbullying and sexting help during COVID

News articles
Lower secondary
Upper secondary
Teacher
Parent
Australia
adolescence
friendships
help seeking
intimate relationships
mental health
online
sexting

ABC news article (Feb 2021) - searches on sexting and cyberbullying increased by 55% and 39% respectively since the pandemic began.

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Sexual Health Quarters (SHQ)

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Presenters/Workshops
Support services
Clinical services
Professional development
Programs
Social media
Websites
Upper secondary
Teacher
Parent
Western Australia
adolescence
contraception
gender diversity
help seeking
immunisation
intimate relationships
LGBTI
mental health
pornography
reproduction
safer sex
sex education
sexting
sexual diversity
sexual health
sexual abuse
STIs and BBVs

Sexual Health Quarters (SHQ) provides a comprehensive range of clinical, counselling, educational and training activities around sexual and reproductive health. Services include: STI testing, unplanned pregnancy counselling, contraception counselling, professional development, education sessions. SHQ can partner with your school to deliver RSE sessions on: respectful relationships, diversity in sex, gender and sexual identity, bodies and reproductive systems, safer sex and STIs, contraception, unintended pregnancy, sexting and porn, and more.

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Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC)

Agencies
Support services
Professional development
Lower secondary
Middle secondary
Upper secondary
Teacher
Parent
Western Australia
consent
help seeking
mental health
sexual abuse

Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) is a free 24-hour 7 days a week emergency service that offers assistance and support to any person aged 13 years and over who has experienced any form of unwanted sexual contact or behaviour in the previous 2 weeks. A free counselling service is also available (during business hours) to people who have experienced sexual assault or sexual abuse in the past (more than 2 weeks ago).

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Safe Schools Coalition

Agencies
Websites
Teacher
Parent
Australia
gender diversity
intersex variations
LGBTI
mental health
sexual diversity

A national coalition dedicated to making schools safer and more inclusive for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse young people.

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RESPECT Counselling Service

Support services
Agencies
Websites
Upper primary
Lower secondary
Middle secondary
Upper secondary
Teacher
Parent
Australia
consent
families
family and domestic violence
friendships
help seeking
intimate relationships
law
mental health
parenting
sexual abuse

Free 24 hour national counselling service for people at risk of, or who have experienced physical or sexual violence.

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Reachout.com

Apps
Support services
Agencies
Websites
Upper primary
Lower secondary
Middle secondary
Upper secondary
Teacher
Parent
Australia
adolescence
body image
consent
emotional literacy
families
friendships
gender diversity
health education
help seeking
intimate relationships
mental health
multicultural
online
safer sex
sexting
sexual diversity

Information, support and resources to help young people improve their understanding of mental health issues, develop resilience, and increase their coping skills and help-seeking behaviour.

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Perceptions and Experiences of First Sexual Intercourse in Australian Adolescent Females

Research and reports
Teacher
Parent
Australia
adolescence
body image
consent
families
intimate relationships
mental health
parenting
research and reports
safer sex
sex education
sexual health
sexualisation
STIs and BBVs

This article aims to better understand the factors that influence the initiation of first intercourse among adolescent females and to explore the context in which this occurs.

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Mission Australia Youth Survey Report 2021 Overview

Research and reports
Australia
health education
mental health
research and reports

This overview presents key findings from the largest annual survey of young people conducted in Australia by Mission Australia. It provides findings from data analysis in relation to work, study, personal issues, mental health and body image.

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Mission Australia Youth Survey Report 2021

Research and reports
Lower secondary
Middle secondary
Upper secondary
Teacher
Parent
Australia
health education
mental health
research and reports

This report shares the findings of the 2021 of the largest annual survey of young people in Australia. It aims to identify the values, aspirations and issues of concern to young people at the national level, but also then presents information on states and territories of Australia. The top three issues in Australia in 2021 were COVID-19, the environment, and equity and discrimination.

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Making every school a health-promoting school

Research and reports
News articles
Teacher
Parent
Australia
emotional literacy
guidelines
health education
health literacy
mental health
research and reports

This article provides comment on the effects of COVID on mental health on children and social inequalities. It points to the idea that schools should be appreciated not only as sites for academic and social learning, but also settings that can enhance student health and wellbeing.

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Living Proud

Agencies
Presenters/Workshops
Support services
Professional development
Teacher
Parent
Western Australia
gender diversity
help seeking
intersex variations
LGBTI
mental health
sexual diversity

Living Proud is a non-profit organisation that provides support, information and resources to the WA lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, other sex, sexuality and gender diverse community. Services include: peer counselling, telephone counselling, professional development and lived experience forums.

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Headspace

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Support services
Websites
Upper primary
Upper secondary
Australia
adolescence
families
friendships
gender diversity
help seeking
LGBTI
mental health
sexual diversity
sexual health

Headspace centres act as a one-stop-shop for young people who need help with mental health, physical health (including sexual health), alcohol and other drugs, work and study support. There are over 100 centres in Australia. eheadspace is the national online and phone support service, staffed by experienced youth mental health professionals. qheadspace offers online support for LGBTQIA+ young people.

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