SPECIAL REPORTS

  • Managing Overwhelm

    SPECIAL REPORT: Managing Overwhelm

    “As human beings, our brains haven’t evolved fast enough to adapt to the digital world that we now live in. This means that the overload of messages that we receive through ever-present media platforms often results in stress, anxiety, and overwhelm."

    Dr Emma Woodward

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Instilling Hope In Uncertain Times

    “Parents can help instil hope by encouraging their kids to see life as it is. Human beings, particularly young ones, hate uncertainty and often their natural response is to exhibit varying degrees of fear and anxiety."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: COVID Fatigue & Youth Mental Health

    “I’m seeing more depression and anxiety in all age groups, but in adolescents it seems to be on steroids. When they look into the future now, they’re looking at one that wasn’t what they envisioned before."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Vaping

    “Vaping is quickly becoming an epidemic due to the ease of accessing and hiding vapes. This trendy, but risk-taking activity, is causing significant peer pressure and there is mounting evidence that long-term repeated use of e-cigarettes will cause lung injury and respiratory symptoms."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: A Conversation on Consent

    “Consent must be mutual and freely given. An informed decision made without pressure, guilt or threats. There must a clear understanding of what is about to happen. Without consent, sexual activity is an offence and against the law, and it must be given every single time."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • Having to Alcohol Discussion

    SPECIAL REPORT: Having the Alcohol Discussion

    “A formula in dealing with adolescents is force equals resistance. Sometimes it just isn’t possible to stop them doing whatever it is they want to do. Regardless of everything, all you want is for them to come home safe, so start the conversation today!"

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Dealing with Disappointment

    “Disappointment is a normal, though difficult, part of growing up and can be a tricky emotion to deal with at any age. How your children learn to respond to disappointment will determine its impact on their future achievement and happiness.”

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Preparing for Remote Learning

    “Our young people will take their lead from us. We need to let them know that we are taking the coronavirus seriously, but we are not panicking. This is not downplaying what is happening, it is just context.”

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Coronavirus

    “Parents shouldn’t avoid talking about the coronavirus. Not talking about something can actually make young people worry more. Take the opportunity to convey the facts and set the emotional tone. Help your children feel informed and reassured.”

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Surviving the Final Year

    "It’s no secret that the end of school can be a huge source of anxiety for both students and parents alike. Final year students suffer from high-level anxiety or stress, with many also suffering from depression."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Moving to a New School

    "Starting at a new school is a big deal! Your child is going to meet lots of new people and be thrown into new situations. That’s bound to make them feel lots of different emotions."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • Bushfires

    SPECIAL REPORT: Talking About Bushfires

    "Studies show an increase in mental health problems among survivors immediately after a major disaster. Children especially are vulnerable to experiencing feelings of loss of safety, fear or apprehension following exposure to images seen on TV, the internet or in newspapers."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • Surviving Christmas

    SPECIAL REPORT: Surviving Christmas

    "For many Christmas is a wonderful day filled with family, friends, gifts, good food and good times. But for some people, the reality is often quite different due to increased loneliness and hardship."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • Eco-Anxiety

    SPECIAL REPORT: Eco-Anxiety

    "Some psychologists worry that fears around the projected impacts of climate change may lead to a learned helplessness or hopelessness. ‘Eco-anxiety’ has begun to emerge in pre-schoolers, primary and secondary students."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • The Hunting

    SPECIAL REPORT: The Hunting

    “The series is confronting viewing. It’s not easy to watch, as a young person or an adult, but it shouldn’t be. It should make us nervous and wake us up.”

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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