Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE / IN FOCUS -

One of the ma­jor causes of psy­cho­log­i­cal distress in young peo­ple is an in­abil­ity to cope with stress, ac­cord­ing to the Mis­sion Aus­tralia re­port. That means pro­grams that teach teenagers cop­ing skills and emo­tional aware­ness could play a key part in ad­dress­ing the is­sue. Dr Fiona Shand, di­rec­tor of re­search for Life­span, a com­mu­nity-led sui­cide pre­ven­tion ap­proach at the Black Dog In­sti­tute, said: “It’s im­per­a­tive we make schools an en­vi­ron­ment where par­ents, teach­ers and the school sys­tem work to­gether to teach men­tal health re­silience in stu­dents.” Black Dog runs a Youth Aware of Men­tal Health pro­gram that teaches skills for cop­ing with ad­verse life events and stress. It has been com­pleted by 5000 Year 9 stu­dents in NSW schools. Sci­en­tific mod­el­ling pre­dicts Life­span can help pre­vent 21 per cent of sui­cide deaths and 30 per cent of at­tempts. CBT (cog­ni­tive be­havioural ther­apy) can help peo­ple change neg­a­tive or un­help­ful thought pat­terns to more pos­i­tive re­ac­tions and prob­lem solv­ing.


Your GP or fam­ily psy­chol­o­gist Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800 or kid­shelp.com.au headspace.org.au/headspace-cen­tres 1800 650 890 The Black Dog In­sti­tute: black­do­gin­sti­tute.org.au/get­ting-help be­yond­blue.org.au: 1300 224 636 For teens, on­line sites and apps in­clud­ing Moodgym (On­line CBT), Breathe2re­lax, video game Jour­ney to Wild Divine and the BRAVE Self Help Pro­gram – brave-on­line.com The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment lists on­line pro­grams at mind­health­con­nect.org.au

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