Social media becoming 'barometer' for self-harm as rates rise

Rising rates of self-harm among young Australians have sparked warnings that social media use is partly to blame. Self-image support group The Butterfly Foundation says its helpline has been under growing demand in recent years. Calls for help ...

Sep 13

Categories: Self-Harm

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Can Science Show Us Secrets Of Making Better Decisions?

Day in and day out, we make decisions--some tough, some trivial, some good, some bad. And as Yale University neurobiologist Dr. Daeyeol Lee told The Huffington Post in an email, "poor decision-making in many domains, including finance, family, and ...

Sep 12

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Autistic children with better motor skills more adept at socializing

In a new study looking at toddlers and preschoolers with autism, researchers found that children with better motor skills were more adept at socializing and communicating. Published online today in the journal Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, ...

Sep 12

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders, Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child ...

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Plan to halve Australian suicide rate

Mental health experts want to halve Australia's suicide rate over the next 10 years. The National Coalition for Suicide Prevention (NCSP) launched the plan on Tuesday, which is World Suicide Prevention Day. Sue Murray, chief executive of Suicide ...

Sep 12

Categories: Suicide Prevention

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Scripps Research Institute Study Suggests Possibility of Selectively ...

The human brain is exquisitely adept at linking seemingly random details into a cohesive memory that can trigger myriad associations—some good, some not so good. For recovering addicts and individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder ...

Sep 11

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How You Tune Out Your Spouse - and Why

I’m pretty sure my wife asked me to do something this morning. I think it’s important and I know if I don’t do it I will miss a deadline or an appointment or a mortgage payment. Or maybe not. I honestly don’t know, and the reason is simple: ...

Sep 11

Categories: Relationships & Marriage

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Positive Interactions Vital to Pre-K Learning

Positive interactions in a pre-kindergarten classroom may be equally or more important to the future academic development of 4-year-olds than learning letters and numbers, according to Dale Farran, senior associate director of the Peabody Research ...

Sep 11

Categories: Child Development

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Suicide prevention hampered by mental health stigma

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, co-sponsored by the International Association for Suicide Prevention and the World Health Organisation. First observed in 2003, the theme of this year's event is "Stigma: A Major Barrier to Suicide Prevention". ...

Sep 10

Categories: Suicide Prevention

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Study Says Yelling Is As Hurtful as Hitting

Parents who yell at their adolescent children for misbehaving can cause some of the same problems as hitting them would, including increased risk of depression and aggressive behavior, according to a new study. A good, warm relationship with Mom ...

Sep 10

Categories: Child Development, Parenting

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Psychologist Discovers False Descriptions Easier to Remember than ...

What happens when you tell a lie? Set aside your ethical concerns for a moment—after all, lying is a habit we practice with astonishing dexterity and frequency, whether we realize it or not. What goes on in your brain when you willfully deceive ...

Sep 10

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Which Professions Have The Most Psychopaths?

According to a survey conducted by psychologist Kevin Dutton - called the Great British Psychopath Survey - here are the top 10 professions with the most psychopaths: CEO, Lawyer, Media (TV/Radio), Salesperson, Surgeon, Journalist, Police Officer, ...

Sep 10

Categories: Workplace Issues

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Mindfulness training improves attention in children

A short training course in mindfulness improves children’s ability to ignore distractions and concentrate better. These are the findings of a study carried out by Dominic Crehan and Dr Michelle Ellefson at the University of Cambridge. Dominic ...

Sep 9

Categories: Mindfulness

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Where are the voices of the healthcare assistants in mental health?

There has been a great deal of concern expressed about standards of care within the NHS as well as in private hospitals and social care settings. Events at Stafford hospital, Winterbourne View and elsewhere have quite rightly provoked a storm of ...

Sep 9

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Space around others perceived just as our own

A study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden has shown that neurons in our brain 'mirror' the space near others, just as if this was the space near ourselves. The study, published in the scientific journal Current Biology, sheds new light on a ...

Sep 9

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Teachers, students face stress in Malaysia

Malaysia - A NEW test will be introduced for applicants to teachers' training colleges, the Education Ministry announced on Monday. The assessment will gauge whether they have the mental resilience to be teachers in today's fast-paced, ...

Sep 7

Categories: Mental Health in Asia

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